The Problem Is "Never" the Problem - Sunday's Dose - 15th January 2012

Sunday's Dose - 15th January 2012

The Problem Is "Never" the Problem

"A man who refuses to admit his mistakes can never be successful. But
if he confesses and forsakes them, he gets another chance". - (Proverbs
28:13 TLB).

In teaching classes and counseling hurting people I often remind them
that the problem is never the problem and the pain we feel is not the
pain that is. This usually takes a while to sink in.

In most difficulties and conflicts what we see is the presenting
problem which, more often than not, is the symptom of a deeper
problem or "the fruit of a deeper root."

As someone else said, "When we have unresolved problems/issues, God
is merciful in that he gives us symptoms." Relational conflicts,
anxiety, insomnia, depression, addictions, spiritual dryness,
physical ills, and any of a score of other symptoms can be caused or
greatly aggravated by unresolved guilt over past unconfessed sins, a
deeply buried resentment and a failure to forgive someone from a past
hurt, unresolved grief from the loss of a love, or rebelling against
the will of God, etc., etc. The roots of some of these issues can go
all the way back to early childhood. All need to be confronted and
resolved if we are to fully live and fully love, and maintain sound
physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual well-being.

Furthermore, many of our physical symptoms can be symbolic. Some
ulcers, for example, are not caused by what we eat but by what is
eating us. Tension headaches can be from jamming up anger in our
head. Aching shoulders may be caused by feeling under a heavy load
and so on. And if I have a pain in the neck ... I may be one, or have
someone or some situation in my life that I feel is a pain in the

Tracing symptoms to their causes and resolving these opens the door
for healing and recovery. If we don't connect to and resolve the
original pain that is the root cause of our symptoms, we will suffer
the ongoing pain of the symptoms. This is what I mean by saying, "the
pain we feel is not the pain that is."

After David confessed his sin, he said, "What happiness for those
whose guilt has been forgiven! What relief for those who have
confessed their sins and God has cleared their record. There was a
time when I wouldn't admit what a sinner I was. But my dishonesty
made me miserable and filled my days with frustration. All day and
all night your hand was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like
water on a sunny day until I finally admitted all my sins to you and
stopped trying to hide them. I said to myself, 'I will confess them
to the Lord.' And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone."
-Psalm 32:1-5, (TLB).

David gives us an excellent example to follow.

Prayer: "Our Everlasting and loving Father, no matter what symptoms I
have in my life, if they are the fruit of a deeper root, please give
me the courage to see and confront these. And please lead me to the
help I need to resolve them. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus loving Name I Pray, Amen."

Have a Blessed Sunday and God Bless you all.
Courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team