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We bring most of our problems on ourselves because we fail to follow God’s way in some small or large portion. God made the world to be good and people in His image. When we miss the mark, the harmony between God’s love and us goes awry and bad things happen to us. We need to know what we do wrong that breaks the harmony bringing life and life more abundantly into our lives.

Disharmony

A modern term for sin, breaking God’s Laws and Commandments, would be disharmony because sinning prevents the smooth operation of the world, our minds and bodies. Like a car trying to run without oil or with ill maintained components, we must maintain our minds and bodies in accordance with the manual God provides for the operation of beings. Sin fouls everything up. Why? Because God made us to be righteous in order to run effectively, like a finely tuned engine.

Unlike an automobile engine manual, there are many books and theories, which proclaim to be the true human manual, but there is only one written by the manufacturer, the Bible. Satan — the one that wishes to destroy the creation and our rightful place in the universe to be sons and daughters of God living fruitful lives resulting in eternal life — introduced disharmony into the world and is the prime cause of all our problems. This evil being, with skillful schemes and delightful deceits, brought all manner of disharmony and discord into the lives of people. Until or unless people refer to the original manual for thriving lives, they will forever live from one disaster to another until death does them part.

1John 3:8 the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.

The Catalogue of Catastrophe
Or the Hidden Sins of the Heart

Mic. 6:13 “So also I will make you sick, striking you down, Desolating you because of your sins.
Rom. 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Here is a fairly comprehensive list of ways we bring disharmony into our lives:

Out of the Heart

Idolatry, more than worshipping only images, primarily causes disharmony. Many people worship themselves; they exhibit all manner of presumptuousness, boastfulness, arrogance, insolence and pride. They are haughty and will gratify their senses with evil.

Mark 7:21 For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery,
Mark 7:22 greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly.
Mark 7:23 All these evils come from inside and make a man ‘unclean.’”

Self-worship

Volumes have been written about people who loved and worshipped themselves more than any one else. Can we say the emperors of the Roman Empire, any number of tyrants past and present, and some of the greedy members of the business community? There are others who worship themselves without having achieved anything monumental. It is a common transgression, which places an individual in direct competition with the Creator without having His immortality or His abilities. Further, this idolatry was first found in the devil and demons; therefore, this idolatry is basically demonic.

2Tim. 3:2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy,
2Tim. 3:3 unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good,
2Tim. 3:4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,
2Tim. 3:5 holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.

Rebellion

Rebellion represents another aspect of idolatry. Actually, all sinners rebel against their Maker, but rebellion, itself, is called divination, iniquity and idolatry. When a person is rebellious, he acts like an unreasoning animal.

2 Pet. 2:12 But these, like unreasoning animals, born as creatures of instinct to be captured and killed, reviling where they have no knowledge, will in the destruction of those creatures also be destroyed,
2Pet. 2:13 suffering wrong as the wages of doing wrong. They count it a pleasure to revel in the daytime. They are stains and blemishes, reveling in their deceptions, as they carouse with you,
2Pet. 2:14 having eyes full of adultery that never cease from sin, enticing unstable souls, having a heart trained in greed, accursed children;
2Pet. 2:15 forsaking the right way, they have gone astray, having followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;
2Pet. 2:16 but he received a rebuke for his own transgression, for a mute donkey, speaking with a voice of a man, restrained the madness of the prophet.
2Pet. 2:17 ¶ These are springs without water and mists driven by a storm, for whom the black darkness has been reserved.
2Pet. 2:18 For speaking out arrogant words of vanity they entice by fleshly desires, by sensuality, those who barely escape from the ones who live in error,
2Pet. 2:19 promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved.

Rebellious people can never abide by any in authority, especially God. And since all authority comes from God, these persons fail to support their bosses or any in charge, they hate all governments and law enforcement officials, and they constantly find ways to avoid and break any and all laws. The word criminal comes to mind.

Covetousness and Greed

Covetousness and greed are also forms of idolatry. We all know the vast problems those in power cause to others by their greed born of covetousness.

Eph. 5:5 For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.

So instead of worshipping the Creator, idolaters worship themselves by rebelling, and thirsting after money without regard to consequences.

Self-abasing

The self-abased judge and condemn themselves because, unless they are completely evil without hope of repentance or redemption, sinners develop a sense of guilt or a form of self-pity acting like sorrow because of what they have done wrong. Unlike the Bible-manual teaching, people prefer self-abasement to repentance.

Col. 2:23 These are matters which have, to be sure, the appearance of wisdom in self-made religion and self-abasement and severe treatment of the body, but are of no value against fleshly indulgence.

In the guise of misguided religiosity, these people do penance or find ways to injure themselves because of their perceived disobedience to their concept of right and wrong. If their guilt is strong, they often make themselves sick with all manner of ailments, which bring pain, distress and despondency into their lives quite unnecessarily. They live lives of frantic worry that they will do something disastrous to themselves whenever their guard might be down. Like all idolatry, the results of this sin bring terrible calamities into the life of these deluded sinners.

Stubbornness

Few might image that stubbornness might comprise the matrix of idolatrous attitudes and activities. Yet, the stubbornness is a kind of glue, which cements the character of the idolater.

1Sam. 15:23 ¶ For rebellion is as the sin of divination, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, he has also rejected you from being king.”

We have all seen how the stubborn set their jaws, fold their arms, and stand put without ever giving into to Truth or God’s Way. They refuse to change their minds or allow any other ideas into their minds. They will argue a losing position and never give in no matter how untenable their positions are.

Bitterness

Bitterness probably represents the most destructive of all idolatries because it destroys a person almost completely. Whatever happened, real or imagined, to them to cause them to be so angry and resentful must certainly be blown out of all proportion to the actual events or situations. While many might see problems or adversities as possibilities and opportunities, these only see those out get them like a paranoid. This bitterness poisons a person’s entire being doing untold damage to their mind and body.

Eph. 4:31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.
Heb. 12:15 See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled;

Self-pity

Self-pity as aspect of self-worship makes an individual seem, well, so martyr-like. Look how these long-suffering individuals proclaim their misery and how people use them so terribly. Woe is them! They never cease to proclaim their anguish, or how else would we know all the things they do and how much it hurts them, psychologically, physically, or mentally. And they blame others for the predicament they are in, for nobody helps them at all. Further, they announce all the good they have to do because no one else will do it. Poor sad individuals; woe is them.

Matt. 6:1 ¶ “Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.
Matt. 6:2 ¶ “So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.
Matt. 6:3 “But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,
Matt. 6:4 so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

Hatred

Jesus calls hatred murder. If a person will not murder another, but instead only hates him in his heart, he has committed intellectual and emotional murder. Because the person fears getting caught or disdains taking a life on moral grounds, given the proper circumstance he would take that life. Others, like a father disowning a recalcitrant son, consider the hated one dead and never bothers with them again. But the person hating has more likely committed suicide because he has destroyed love in his heart, and without love there is no life.

Col. 3:8 But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth.

Another way a person shows hatred is by committing verbal homicide by using words to “kill.” They exercise their intellectual gymnastics by judging and criticizing those around them, either directly or by cowardly gossip. The English word critical comes from the Greek, which means to rip the flesh as with long sharp claws. And as any who have been the recipient of the haters’ diatribes know, their barbs do indeed cut and maim. Interestingly, judgers are extreme idolaters because they wrest the job of judging from God and, thus, make themselves a god who judges good and evil. Of course, only God can really judge, but this does not stop the know-it-all who never stops giving unwanted criticism and advise.

Matt. 7:1 ¶ “Do not judge so that you will not be judged.
Matt. 7:2 “For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.
Matt. 7:3 “Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?
Matt. 7:4 “Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye?
Matt. 7:5 “You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.
James 4:11 ¶ Do not speak against one another, brethren. He who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks against the law and judges the law; but if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge of it.
James 4:12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and to destroy; but who are you who judge your neighbor?

Self-reliance

Those relying on anyone but God puts his own judgment above His. They trust and put their faith on humans instead of the immortal Creator of the universe.

Phil. 2:21 For they all seek after their own interests, not those of Christ Jesus.
1Cor. 10:24 Let no one seek his own good, but that of his neighbor.
Titus 1:7 For the overseer must be above reproach as God’s steward, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not addicted to wine, not pugnacious, not fond of sordid gain,
2Pet. 2:10 and especially those who indulge the flesh in its corrupt desires and despise authority. Daring, self-willed, they do not tremble when they revile angelic majesties,
Psa. 118:8 It is better to take refuge in the LORD Than to trust in man.
Psa. 146:3 Do not trust in princes, In mortal man, in whom there is no salvation.

Schemers

These people are constantly looking for an advantage or a way of getting others to do their will. They cajole, threaten, accuse, manipulate, and order. They appear to think they know what’s best for others, but really cannot abide to have anyone around them with independent thoughts or actions. Besides if people go their own way, how can they scheme to get them to do their bidding? Satan’s way is the way of scheming and instituting fear, unlike God, who always says, fear not.

Psa. 26:10 In whose hands is a wicked scheme, And whose right hand is full of bribes.
Is. 14:12 “How you have fallen from heaven,
O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth,
You who have weakened the nations!
Is. 14:13 “But you said in your heart,‘I will ascend to heaven;I will raise my throne above the stars of God, And I will sit on the mount of assembly In the recesses of the north.
Is. 14:14 ‘I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;I will make myself like the Most High.’
Phil. 2:3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;

Oppressors

Oppressors use a variety of ways to oppress those around them — employees, friends and family. Physically, they can abuse; verbally, they can demean and deride; financially, they can steal or borrow without a thought of paying back, and cheat by withholding honest wages or by defrauding any number of ways.

1Sam. 12:3 “Here I am; bear witness against me before the LORD and His anointed. Whose ox have I taken, or whose donkey have I taken, or whom have I defrauded? Whom have I oppressed, or from whose hand have I taken a bribe to blind my eyes with it? I will restore it to you.”

The Good Old Days

The earliest impressions make the most lasting impact on a person’s mind. Therefore, it is understandable that people gravitate to the old ways. Even when people realize that something different is better, change is difficult and sometimes not lasting. The known appears to better than the unknown. For some change becomes almost impossible; they are deeply rooted in the past. How then do they repent?

Deut. 17:16 “Moreover, he shall not multiply horses for himself, nor shall he cause the people to return to Egypt to multiply horses, since the LORD has said to you, ‘You shall never again return that way.’
Heb. 10:25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.

Hope Deferred

While not sinful in nature, hope deferred can cause illness, mental and physical. Some become despondent and refuse to take part in life — they just don’t care any more. Surely encouragements and joy fall on deaf ears. Even those who empathize — weep with the sad and laugh with the joyous — cannot break through the wall hopelessness.

Prov. 13:12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But desire fulfilled is a tree of life.
Prov. 18:14 The spirit of a man can endure his sickness, But as for a broken spirit who can bear it?

Words Save

Whatever the disaster or unimaginable woes that envelope a person, God gives us the Word to save us and remove the troubles. These words can be read aloud from the Manual (Bible) or heard from others. David sang words of praise, which helped him in his distresses. Many others find solace in reading his psalms. Some find the book of Job helpful. No matter what our problems are, God has Words to save and restore us.

Psa. 107:20 He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions.


The Gospel of the Kingdom of God

The most powerful salvation comes from the Gospel, the Good News of the Kingdom of God. It provides all the faith one needs to be freed from the slavery of sin instigated by Satan. Our spirits soar in the direst of times when we let the light of the gospel shine upon our hearts. All sins can be cast away by the power of the gospel and the knowledge of the man, Jesus, who loved us even to his death.

Mark 1:15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”
Rom. 8:31 ¶ What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?
Rom. 8:32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?
Rom. 8:33 Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies;
Rom. 8:34 who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.
Rom. 8:35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Rom. 8:36 Just as it is written, “for your sake we are being put to death all day long; we were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
Rom. 8:37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.
Rom. 8:38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,
Rom. 8:39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Repentance and Forgiveness Unlocks the Latent Faith

A major theme of the Gospel is forgiveness because Jesus died that we might be forgiven our sins and, thus, be able to enter the Kingdom of God. Our proof that we receive the forgiveness of our sins is when we forgive all who do bad things to us. This is not to say we must be masochistic, but forgiving nonetheless and not holding a grudge against any. Jesus came to get us to repent because that is the way of salvation.

Mark 2:10 “But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—He *said to the paralytic,
Mark 2:11 “I say to you, get up, pick up your pallet and go home.”
Mark 2:12 And he got up and immediately picked up the pallet and went out in the sight of everyone, so that they were all amazed and were glorifying God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this.”

Jesus is the Lord and knows what is best for us. He was scourged beyond any pain we could ever know for our healing. He died the most excruciating death of any human for our salvation. He is our focus in life, not ourselves. He points us to God for obedience, prayer and worship.

Since Jesus did all this for all people, he asks that we repent from the hidden idols and all the works of evil. Instead of disobeying the commandments, he wants to change and keep the commandments. This is the love of God that we keep his commandments. The truly repentant desire above all else to change, and in that change, also forgive as they have been forgiven.

Luke 17:4 “And if he sins against you seven times a day, and returns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ forgive him.”
Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Intense Prayer and Thanksgiving

Hezekiah developed an incurable illness, but instead of waiting for death, he poured out his heart to God. He told God that he had done many righteous things and was a faithful servant to God. With much crying and entreaty, he prayed with all his heart. His heart rendering pray and tears caught God’s attention, and He acceded to the request and gave him an additional fifteen years of life.

Is. 38:1 ¶ In those days Hezekiah became mortally ill. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him and said to him, “Thus says the LORD, ‘Set your house in order, for you shall die and not live.’”
Is. 38:2 Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD,
Is. 38:3 and said, “Remember now, O LORD, I beseech You, how I have walked before You in truth and with a whole heart, and have done what is good in Your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
Is. 38:4 ¶ Then the word of the LORD came to Isaiah, saying,
Is. 38:5 “Go and say to Hezekiah, ‘Thus says the LORD, the God of your father David, “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; behold, I will add fifteen years to your life.

Today our prayers have far more intensity and power because God gave believers the gift of the Holy Spirit whereby the faithful can pray in the Spirit, that is, in tongues. When people pray in the language of God and the angels, they show that kind of courtesy of speaking in the tongue of the listener. But beyond that, God used the Spirit to create the universe and send His divine love into people’s heart. So, praying in tongues is more compelling and intense than any way to reach Our Father in Heaven.

Rom. 8:26 ¶ In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words;
1Cor. 14:14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful.
1Cor. 14:15 What is the outcome then? I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the mind also; I will sing with the spirit and I will sing with the mind also.
Eph. 6:18 ¶ With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,
Jude 1:20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,

Pray for God’s Glory

God would like us to give Him reasons for answering our prayers. He likes to hear that what He might do for us redounds to His glory, not ours. He would like to hear that we ask things of Him because of His lovingkindness. He likes to hear that if He favors us with what we request, it is because we come to Him through His Beloved Son, not to any other or by our own invention. Naturally, he expects us to work out our salvation with fear and trembling, but understanding all things happen for our good, even when we do not understand at the moment.

John 11:4 But when Jesus heard this, He said, “This sickness is not to end in death, but for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by it.”
1Tim. 1:17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

Rom. 8:28 ¶ And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

Good Works

God expects us to prove our faithfulness, our liege loyalty to Him, by what we do. The Good Samaritan parable (Luke 10) provides an excellent example. So we can extricate ourselves from our problems when we worship, trust and obey Our Father in Heaven.

Of course, trials and tribulations come to those who are righteous and are attempting
to follow God’s way with all their might. The
Godly make mistakes and need discipline as the writer of Hebrews notes. And as James and Peter point out, that the testing our faith produces far greater good than any pain and suffering one might go through for a relatively short time. Everything that happens is an opportunity to grow in God’s love and blessings.

Conclusion

Godly love crushes all manner of sin and disharmony. Note particularly what love is not. Then substitute the positives for the negatives; for example, humble is opposite to arrogant.

1Cor. 13:4 Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful;

1Cor. 13:5 it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;
1Cor. 13:6 it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right.
1Cor. 13:7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
1Cor. 13:8a Love never ends.

God bless,

Gil Kovacs

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