Cause and Effect

<<the reason for the results>>

A sober man is not intoxicated by talking about or looking at liquor advertisements – only by consuming it. Then as a drunk he acts irrationally because he is under the influence of the drink. In

The fruit reveals the root

contrast to the negative effect the alcohol has on the body, the Holy Spirit has a positive influence on the new nature. Rather than spend time and energy trying by your own effort to change, concentrate on being, and staying, filled with the Spirit of God (Eph 5:18). Set up the cause and let the effects come naturally in their own time. “A man reaps what he sows” – either destruction or eternal life (Gal 6:7,8). The choice is entirely up to us.

If the foundation is not robust, what is built on it is liable to destruction (Mt 7:23-27). God has ordered the universe on certain physical laws such as gravity. For our own wellbeing we should respect and operate within these restrictions or consistent rules. They give predictability to life, knowing that in any given situation the same result will take place. It’s impossible to sow weeds and expect to reap a good useful crop. It is our responsibility to eliminate destructive causes; don’t just continually deal with the effect. When the spider is dead it can’t spin more cobwebs. Chop off the roots, don’t just trim the shoots.

When something goes wrong, discover where or why the problem commenced. God would say to us as well, “Consider the path of your feet…Give careful thought to your ways” (Prov 4:26; Hag 1:5-11). If you are not where you want to be in life maybe you got on the wrong train. Determine your goals, set in place the steps to get there and start to implement them.

   Behind every outcome                     there is a reason

What we feed into our mind has a strong possibility of being outworked (Mt 12:35).

See also: blessed or cursed, choice, consequences, entry points, foundation, fruit, produce/productivity, reason, sow and reap.


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