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The Key to Christian Success

DON'T ATTACK SYMPTOMS WE GET IT WRONG SHALLOW GODLINESS PEOPLE WHO POINT THE FINGER AVOID EXTREMES THE RESULTS OF EXTREMES LIFE IS COMPLEX THE WEAKNESS OF ATTACKING SYMPTOMS THE POWER OF FOCUSING ON PROBLEMS ************************************************************ DON'T ATTACK SYMPTOMS KJV Isaiah 58:9-11 ...If thou take away ... the putting forth (pointing) of the finger, ... the Lord will guide thee continually... KJV Mathew 5:22 - ... whoever shall say, Thou fool! shall be in danger of hell fire. KJV Galatians 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. AS Psalm 1:1 - Blessed is the man that ... not ... sitteth in the seat of the scornful. KJV Luke 6:37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged; condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned... KJV Hosea 6:6 ... I desire mercy, not sacrifice ... ( Also John 8:7, Romans 2:4, James 3:10, Romans 12:17, Mathew 12:7 and 9:13, Ephesians 4:32, Galatians 5:15 ) (See JUSTICE section also) ************************************************************ WE GET IT WRONG KJV Luke 9:54 - ... Lord wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and to consume them, even as Elijah did. But He turned and rebuked them, and said, "Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of". AS Mathew 13:28-29 - And the servants say unto Him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But He sayeth, Nay; lest haply while ye gather up the tares, ye root up the wheat with them. KJV Luke 6:42 - ... first take the beam (log) out of thine own eye ... KJV Ephesians 6:12 - ... we wrestle not against flesh and blood. NIV Proverbs 19:2 It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way. *********************************************************** ATTACKING SYMPTOMS; A SHALLOW FORM OF GODLINESS KJV II Timothy 3:1-5 ...in the last days ... men shall be ... having a form of godliness, but denying the power of thereof. *************************************************************** PEOPLE WHO POINT THE FINGER ARE PATTING THEMSELVES ON THE BACK KJV Luke 18:11-14 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican...And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. COMMENTARY:

Self righteousness is one of the most infectious of diseases. It is very easy to rationalize attacking others as defending good and gives a false and shallow sense of satisfaction. It leads to gradual self destruction. It makes us vulnerable to being manipulated and polarized.


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THE RESULTS OF EXTREMES

KJV Eccles. 7:16 Be not righteous over much; neither make thyself 
over wise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself? 

KJV 2 Thessalonians 2:10-11 ... because they received not the 
love of the truth, ... for this cause God shall send them strong
delusion, that they should believe a lie.

KJV Isaiah 5:20 - Woe to them that call evil good; 
and good evil; ...

KJV Mathew 23:24 - Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and 
swallow a camel!

( Also Numbers 20:8-12, Numbers 25:6-13, I Samual 2:27-36 )

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AVOID EXTREMES

NIV Ecclesiates 7:18 - The man who fears God will avoid all extremes.

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LIFE IS COMPLEX

KJV Proverbs 1:22 - How long ye simple ones, will ye love 
simplicity.

AS II Corinthians 11:14 - ... even Satan fashioneth himself into 
an angel of light.

NIV Titus 1:15 - ... To the pure, all things are pure, but to 
those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure...

( Also Job 9:23-24, Revelation 3:16, Proverbs 29:18)

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THE WEAKNESS OF ATTACKING SYMPTOMS

KJV Ecclesiastes 1:15 -  That which is crooked cannot be made 
straight...

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THE POWER OF FOCUSING ON PROBLEMS
TO PREVENT SYMPTOMS

KJV Romans 12:21 - Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil 
with good.

KJV Deut 14:2 - ... be a peculiar people ...

COMMENTARY: 

God calls Christians to be a peculiar people in that we should learn to perceive the constant deceptions that surround us. We must focus on solving the real underlying problems, instead of merely attacking the symptoms.


(See AVOIDING THE CYCLE OF NATIONS section also)

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