Friday, February 10, 2012

Cause and Effect !


by Bob Vermaat

"And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto
the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his
commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God
will set thee on high above all nations of the earth, and all
these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou
shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God." (Deut.26:1,2)

Cause and effect is a phenomenon that rules every aspect of our
lives, both in the regular as well as in our spiritual lives. As
you look at the verses quoted above you will see that to hearken
and obey the Lord our God is in essence the cause, where as the
blessings of the Lord is the effect. If in our regular life we
cut our finger, it will bleed or the "cause," the cut or the
bleeding is the "effect." Thus, in essence cause and effect are
the same action or inaction and consequences, in other words, we
reap what we sow and we get what we pay for.

Throughout the history of the Israelite people, both combined as
one nation and later as the two distinct Houses of Israel and
Judah, we can see the cause and effect phenomenon. Whenever they
pleased the Lord and served Him, blessings flowed abundantly,
cause and effect! But at the same token, whenever they disobeyed
God, and turned toward idolatry, the Lord's wrath fell upon them
and calamity and curses followed, cause and effect! Throughout
the Bible the people of Israel are referred to as sheep, not
because they are such cuddly little animals, but because they are
dumber than sticks. Then, as it is now, they would and will
follow any so-called leader and follow him headlong over the
cliff to destruction and damnation without any thought to self
preservation and salvation by returning to the Lord their God....
God is not mocked! If we walk with Him and talk with Him, God is
well pleased and will do everything according to His promise to
be a loving and benevolent Father to His children without fail.
Cause and effect, it never fails.

When in the late eighteen hundreds the Edomite-Marxist religion
of Humanism started to take hold, the people started to lose
their way big time. Under its philosophy man is able to control
his own destiny in all phases of life, there is no need for a
divine being, man in essence is his own god, a man-god. This so
called religion has made inroads in all walks of life, even to
the point of infiltrating some of the denominational churches and
seminaries and thus weakening the spiritual well being of
countless believers. If we look at most of today's churches we
see that on the whole they are all suffering from declining
attendance. This is due in large part to the fact that people are
being deprived of spiritual fulfillment and guidance due to the
fact that no such guidance is forthcoming from the pulpits. The
gospel that is being preached is saturated with sweet nectar and
honey and portrays love only. These churches preach that the law
is done away with, and thus they never teach the fact that our
God is a just God, who is bound by His own decrees and statutes
which form the basis of His Divine Law by which the lives of all
believers are ruled. No Biblical absolutes are being taught and
thus these poor creatures are wallowing in ignorance and are
totally unaware of the fact that they are being duped. "Behold,
the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in
the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of
hearing the words of the Lord." (Amos 8:11).

Yes my dear friend that is the stage we have reached in the
religious realm in most, if not all, of our Israel nations. But
ignorance of the law does not stand up in any Civil Court of Law,
and neither will it be a valid excuse when we will be standing
before the Great White Throne. Paul tells us in Romans 7 that
through the Law comes the knowledge of sin. Paul also tells us in
Romans 3 that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of
God. It is by the grace of God and through the blood of our Lord
Jesus the Christ that we are saved, but that does not mean that
we are free to do as we please. We have a responsibility to walk
in the way of the Lord, no matter what these preachers tell us.
If we come to understand the Law, we will have a closer walk with
God. Cause and effect.

Then we have Mega-Churches of the Tele-Evangelist, that claim
membership into the thousands, but who preach a gospel that most
of the time is so far out in left field, it makes you want to
cry.... "For many deceivers are entered into the world, who
confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a
deceiver and an Antichrist." (2 Jn.7). "Shouldest thou help the
wicked, and love them that hate the Lord? Therefore, there is
wrath upon thee from before the Lord." (2 Chron.19:2). And in
Ps. 139 David says it even more clearly. "For they speak against
thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain. Do I not
hate them, 0 Lord, that hate thee? And am I not grieved with
those that rise up against thee? I hate them with a perfect
hatred, I count them mine enemies." (Ps.139:20-22). So you can
see people are being deceived in believing things that are
contrary to Bible teachings and not at all beneficial to their
spiritual life. "The prophets prophesy falsehoods and the priests
clapped with their hands, and my people loved to have it so. Now
what will you do in regard to the consequences?" (Jer.5:31).

0 dear believer, wake up to your folly, return unto the Word of
the Lord your God. Study the Scriptures for yourselves and get a
sound understanding of what is expected of us in regard to our
relationship and walk with God. Jesus said, "If ye love me, keep
my commandments." "He that hath my commandments, and keepeth
them, he it is that loveth me; and he that loveth me shall be
loved of my father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself
to him." (John 14:15,21).

Yes dear friends "cause and effect" is with us every step of the
way, how we let it influence our daily life is up to every
individual to decide for him or her selves. Salvation is freely
given, but is not free. Whatever we do and whatever actions we
take in life will often determine if we will be considered
worthy, for we cannot flaunt the statutes of our God and continue
to expect blessings. So pray for the Lord's guidance and
understanding and "Fear not, little flock; for it is your
Father's good pleasure to give you the Kingdom" (Lk.12:32).

This article appeared in "Thy Kingdom Come" - February 2012 - a publication of The Association of the Covenant People, Burnaby, B.C. Canada.


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