Q&A: “Mercy/Grace”, “Lot” & “Doctrines Of Devils”


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 QUESTION:   

“What is the difference between the Lord’s mercy and His grace ? Please be specific.”

 

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ANSWER:

DISTINCTION BETWEEN MERCY AND GRACE.

 LOT KNEW BOTH TERMS AND UNDERSTOOD THEM.

Genesis 19:19  Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die:

WE UNDERSTAND THE MEANING OF THESE WORDS BY THE WAY IN WHICH THEY ARE USED.  ESPECIALLY TRUE IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE.

  •  MERCY = TO WITHHOLD PUNISHMENT WE DESERVE.
  • GRACE = THE GIVING OF GOOD THINGS THAT WE DO NOT DESERVE.

 

MERCY

THE PUBLICAN ASKED FOR MERCY, NOT GRACE WHEN HE WENT INTO THE TEMPLE.

Luke 18:13  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.

Matthew 20:30  And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David.  And the multitude rebuked them, because they should hold their peace: but they cried the more, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David.

Ephesians 2:4 -8   But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)  And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:  That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Hebrews 4:16  Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. 

WE DON’T DESERVE TO BE HERE AT THE THRONE, BUT WE ASK FOR YOUR MERCY….EVEN THOUGH WE DON’T DESERVE THE OPPORTUNITY.

 

 GRACE

Genesis 6:8  But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.  

GOD COULD HAVE TAKEN HIM TO HEAVEN  ALLOWED HIM TO BE THE ONE THROUGH  WHOM THE EARTH WAS REPOPULATED.  

 GRACE IS OFFERED TO ALL MEN.  BUT, THEY MUST RECEIVE IT BY FAITH.

Titus 2:11  For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

Titus 3:7  That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

GRACE IS NOT FOR EVERYONE.  IT IS OFFERED TO ALL, BUT THOSE WHO RECEIVE IT ARE THE HUMBLE ONES.  OTHERS REJECT IT.  THINK THEY DON’T NEED TO DEPEND UPON GOD’S GRACE AND CAN WORK THINGS OUT ON THEIR OWN. 

James 4:6  But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

 SOME PEOPLE TAKE ADVANTAGE OF GRACE, THINKING IT IS UNLIMITED AND WILL ALWAYS BE THERE.

Jude 1:4  For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

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 QUESTION:   

“When did Lot repent for his sin ?”

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ANSWER:

 

2 Peter 2:8  (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)

 

THERE IS NO AREA OF THE BIBLE THAT TELLS US.  EVEN IN FLEEING FROM SODOM, LOT WAS RELUCTANT TO FOLLOW THE WILL OF GOD FULLY.  HE WAS BACKSLIDEN MOST OF HIS LIFE.

MOAB= “THE SON OF HIS MOTHER’S FATHER.”

BENAMMI= “THE SON OF HIS PEOPLE.”

 

BACKSLIDDEN PEOPLE DON’T GET THEIR PRAYERS ANSWERED.

Genesis 19:29  And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt.  

**LOT MAY HAVE THOUGHT GOD WAS LISTENING TO HIM, BUT THE BIBLE SAYS GOD DELIEVERED HIM FOR ABRAHAM’S SAKE, NOT BECAUSE OF LOT’S PRAYERS.

WITHOUT REPENTING, THEIR LIVES USUALLY GET MORE COMPLICATED, AND WORSE OFF. 

Genesis 19:36  Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father.

BACKSLIDDEN PEOPLE RAISE THEIR CHILDREN WITHOUT A GOOD EXAMPLE, AND THE CHILDREN GENERALLY GO ASTRAY.

Psalm 83:4-8  They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.  For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:  The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes;  Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre;  Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah.

 

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 QUESTION:   

“Exactly what is the ‘doctrine of devils’ ?  Can you name them specifically so we can recognize them immediately when we’re confronted with them ?

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1. EXACTLY WHAT IS DOCTRINES OF DEVILS ?

1 Timothy 4:1  Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

 DECEPTIVE DOCTRINES. Can’t be deceptive unless similar to the real thing.

  –These are lies.

John 8:44  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 

SO, ALMOST ANY DOCTRINAL LIE COULD BE ATTRIBUTED TO SATAN STARTING IT.

 

2. CAN YOU NAME THEM SPECIFICALLY SO WE CAN RECOGNIZE AND CONFRONT THEM ?

 

  • THE PROSPERITY GOSPEL.    Gets people away from their purpose and the true identity of god.  they make him Santa Claus instead of the Almighty Creator.

 

  • DENY THAT JESUS IS THE ONLY MESSIAH, THE ONLY SAVIOR.

1 John 2:22  Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.

 

  • ANOTHER JESUS.   ANOTHER WAY OF SALVATION.

2 Corinthians 11:4  For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

Galatians 1:6  I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:

 

  • THE DOCTRINE THAT SAYS YOU CAN HATE OTHERS, BUT LOVE GOD IS A DOCTRINE FROM THE DEVIL.

1 John 4:20  If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

 

  • THE DOCTRINE OF SINLESS PERFECTION IS OF THE DEVIL.  (Others can see your sin, but you can’t).

1 John 1:10  If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

 

  • THE DOCTRINE THAT SAYS MAN WROTE THE BIBLE AND DO NOT ATTRIBUTE ITS WRITING TO GOD.

1 John 5:10  He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.

 

THIS IS A SMALL NUMBER OF THE MANY LIES SATAN HAS THROWN AT THE WORLD TODAY.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

”Q&A – Difference Between Mercy & Grace/When Did Lot Repent ?/What are “Doctrines Of Devils” ?”
A Bible Study with Dr. Ed J. MacWilliams
092715

PSALM 67

This entry is part 64 of 65 in the series Psalms

PSALM CHAPTER 67


~~ God’s Purpose For Mercy Toward Us ! ~~


The Plea To God

1. A PLEA FOR GOD’S MERCY. WHY ?
A. IT IS REDEMPTION FOR US. NUM. 14:19
B. IT GOES BEYOND REDEMPTION.
—IT PROVIDES SPECIAL PROMISES. EX. 15:13
—IT PROVIDES SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS. PS. 31:7.

2. A PLEA FOR GOD’S BLESSING. WHY ?
A. THAT THY WAY MAY BE KNOWN UPON EARTH.
—WHAT IS “HIS WAY” ?
HIS LAWS AND COMMANDS FOR IT. LUKE 7:27.
ONLY JESUS FULFILLS IT. JOHN 14:6.
IT IS TAUGHT, NOT AUTOMATICALLY KNOWN.
PS. 27:11, PS. 86:11.
B. HIS SAVING HEALTH MAY BE KNOWN AMONG ALL NATIONS.
—WHAT IS THIS ? SAME WORD AS IN GEN. 49:18 (SALV).
PS. 28:8.
—HOW FAR SHOULD IT BE SPREAD ?
MATT. 28:19, LUKE 24:47, MARK 13:10.

3. A PLEA FOR FELLOWSHIP. WHY ?
**IT IS A BLESSING OF A CHRISTIAN LIFE. 1 JOHN 1:3.
A. GOD SEEMS TO DESIRE IT. GEN. 3:8,9. GEN. 18:17, AMOS 3:7.
—IT IS AN EXCLUSIVE CALLING. 1 COR. 1:9.
—TO SHARE THINGS. EPH. 3:9, 2 COR. 8:4, PHIL. 3:10.
—TO WORK TOGETHER. PHIL. 1:5, GAL. 2:9.
B. THOSE OF LIKE-MINDS USUALLY DESIRE TO BE TOGETHER.
2 COR. 6:14, 1 JOHN 1:7.

PSALM 56

This entry is part 53 of 65 in the series Psalms

PSALM CHAPTER 56

~~ Not Worthy, But Able To Ask God, Anyway ! ~~


 

1. THE APPEAL FOR GOD’S MERCY.    V. 1
A. ACKNOWLEDGES GUILT. PS. 51:3, JER. 14:20.
B. RECOGNIZES GOD’S WILLINGNESS TO HEAR. 2 CHRON. 20:9,
PSALM 17:6, PSALM 38:15.
C. IS MOTIVATED BY HIS SITUATION. (IS THAT WHAT IT TAKES
FOR EVERYONE EACH TIME ?) PSALM 94:18.
D. REQUIRES HUMILITY, LACK OF PRIDE. JAMES 4:6, 1 PET. 5:5.
E. BRINGS GOD’S ATTENTION TO YOU. HOSEA 5:15, JER. 3:13-14.

2. RECOGNITION OF THE REAL ACTIVITIES OF ENEMIES.   V. 1
A. TO BRING BELIEVERS TO FAILURE. PS. 140:5.
B. TO SEDUCE INTO FALSE PATHS.
—FALSE RELIGIONS AND BELIEFS. 1 SAM. 12:10, REV. 2:20,
—SEDUCE INTO WAYS OF THE WORLD. PHIL. 3:18, 1 JN 2:15-17.
—SET AN EXAMPLE OF WICKED WORKS. COL. 1:21, PROV. 22:25.
—TO FEAR MAN RATHER THAN GOD. PROV. 29:25.
—TO A CRITICAL OR SCORNFUL SPIRIT. PROV. 29:8.

3. THE HOPES OF THE ENEMIES.    V.2.
A. DAILY SWALLOW YOU UP. LIKE FIRE, CONSUMING; OR A WILD
BEAST DEVOURING. PSALM 57:3, REV. 12:4, 1 PETER 5:8.
>DAVID’S KNEW WHAT WOULD OCCUR. PS. 21:9, PS. 50:3.
B. INCREASE THEIR NUMBERS AGAINST ME. THEY RECRUIT AND
ARE NOT ASHAMED TO DO SO. 2 TIM. 3:13, LUKE 21:8.
C. CANNOT SURMOUNT THE MOST HIGH. DAVID APPEALS TO THE
GREATEST POWER OF ALL. THE DEMONS KNOW IT—MARK 5:7,
LUKE 8:28, ACTS 16:17.
ALL ENEMIES ARE INFERIOR TO THE LORD GOD—LUKE 10:19.
THE ENEMY OF DOUBT IS JUST AS REAL AS A PHYSICAL ENEMY.
ROMANS 14:23, JAMES 1:6.
D. ALL ENEMIES ARE INFERIOR TO THE LORD GOD—LUKE 10:19.
>THE ENEMY OF DOUBT IS JUST AS REAL AS A PHYSICAL
ENEMY. ROMANS 14:23, JAMES 1:6.

4. THE DEPENDABLE SOLUTION.    V. 3
A. THE ISSUE OF A BELIEVER’S FEAR. ACKNOWLEDGES THAT HE
HAS IT PERIODICALLY. PS. 55:5, HEB. 11:23, JER. 26:21, IS. 21:4.
>IT CAN BE OVERCOME. REV. 11:6,7 (THEY KNEW WHAT WAS
AHEAD). 1 JOHN 4:18—CASTING IT OUT.
B. THE ISSUE OF DOING SOMETHING WITH OUR TRUST. V. 4.
JAMES 2:20,26. LUKE 5:23, LUKE 6:8, ACTS 3:6, PSALM 46:2.
C. KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT AN ENEMY DOES HELPS US PREPARE
AND SEEK GOD EVEN MORE. V.4-6, ISAIAH 59:19.
>THEY TWIST YOUR WORDS. JER. 14:13-14, JER. 23:30.
>THEY FOCUS THEIR THOUGHTS AGAINST YOU. MATT. 12:25,
LUKE 6:8.
>THEY GANG UP AGAINST YOU. LUKE 22:52-53.
>THEY SECRETLY PLOT AGAINST YOU. JOHN 7:1, ACTS 23:14-15.

5. THE AMAZING COMPASSION OF THE LORD.    V. 8-9.
A. GOD REMEMBERS OUR TRIALS FOR HIM.
B. GOD HAS A TRACK RECORD OF COMING TO THE AID OF HIS
CHILDREN. PS. 28:7, PS. 37:40, 1 SAM. 7:12, 1 CHRON. 15:26,
2 CHRON. 18:31, 2 CHRON. 26:7, ROMANS 8:26.
—HE IS FAITHFUL. I PETER 4:19.
—HE IS CAPABLE OF DEFENDING US. REV. 19:11.

6. GOD ENABLES THE BELIEVER TO FACE TROUBLES.    V. 10-13
A. BY PRAISING HIS WORD.
WHAT IS IT ? HEBREW 13:15.
IT BRINGS THE LORD CLOSER TO US. PS. 22:3
IT MUST ACCOMPANY OTHER THINGS WHICH GOD MAY USE.
PS. 149:5-6.
B. BY OVERCOMING FEAR. PS. 34:4, PS. 91:5, PS. 112:7, IS. 12:2.
C. BY FULFILLING THEIR VOWS TO GOD. ACTS 18:18.
WHAT DOES A VOW DO FOR OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD ?
VOW TO KEEP ON THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD. EPH. 6:11-13,
VOW TO MAKE LIFE A LIVING SACRIFICE FOR CHRIST.
ROM. 12:1-3.
VOW TO COMMIT YOURSELF TO THE WORK OF GOD.
I TIM. 1:18, 2 TIM. 2:2.

PSALM 51

This entry is part 48 of 65 in the series Psalms

PSALM CHAPTER 51

~~ The Rise From The Fall ~~


 

1. THE BACKGROUND :   HAVING MERCY FOR WHAT ? V. 1.
A. THE FALL OF DAVID AS COMMANDER AND CHIEF. WHY DIDN’T
HE GO TO BATTLE ? 2 SAM. 10:17-19. REACTION TO VICTORY ?
B. THE FALL OF DAVID AS THE MEDITATOR OF GOD’S WORD.
PSALM 63:6.
—IT WILL REVEAL HOW YOU PROFIT FROM THE WORD.
THE KEY IS THINKING HOW TO APPLY IT. 1 TIMOTHY 4:15.
*DID DAVID FAIL TO APPLY THE WORD WHEN HE SINNED ?
C. THE FALL OF DAVID AS A MORAL EXAMPLE TO ISRAEL.
PHILIPPIANS 3:17, 2 THESSALONIANS. 3:9.
—HE BECAME A VOYEUR. 2 SAM. 11:2. DOES JUST “LOOKING”
USUALLY LEAD TO OTHER SINS ? YES. V.3.
—HE INVOLVED OTHERS IN HIS SIN. 2 SAM. 11:3,4.
—HE PRE-MEDITATED TO DO THIS SIN. (AT LEAST 2 TRIPS).
—HE TRIED TO COVER THE SIN. 2 SAM. 11:6-13.
>TRIED TO MAKE URIAH SEEM RESPONSIBLE.
—OFFERED R & R AT HIS HOUSE. URIAH REFUSED.
—TRIED TO GET URIAH DRUNK & GO HOME. URIAH DIDN’T.
—DAVID DELIBERATELY HAS HIM KILLED. 2 SAM. 11:15.
>TRIED TO CALM THE GUILT OF JOAB. 2 SAM. 11:25.

2. THE PLEADING OF A REPENTANT HEART.
A. THE CRY FOR MERCY ACKNOWLEDGES GUILT. LUKE 16:24.
THE SIN HAS CONSEQUENCES ON PEOPLE. TITUS 3:5.
—SOME ARE ERASED WITH FAITH (LUKE 18:38-39), BUT FOR
SOME THEY ARE LEFT TO LINGER.
B. THE NOTICEABLE LACK OF EXCUSES IN THIS REQUEST.
LUKE 18:14.
C. FOR THE REMOVAL OF CONSEQUENCES. SOME GET ONLY
ETERNAL CONSEQUENCES REMOVED, WHILE OTHERS GET
BOTH TYPES REMOVED. MATTHEW 15:22, MATTHEW 17:15,
MATTHEW 20:30.

3. THE RECOGNITION OF HOW BAD SIN REALLY IS.
*WHAT IS SIN ? JAMES 4:17, GENESIS 3:11.
IT IS AN OFFENSE. MATTHEW 16:23.
IT IS ENSLAVING. JOHN 8:34.
IT IS DEADLY. ROMANS 6:23.
IT MAKES ONE SIDE WITH THE DEVIL. 1 JOHN 3:8.
A. WANTS IT BLOTTED OUT: SPEAKS OF VISION. V. 1,9.
Heb.=maw-khaw’=obliterate, exterminate, abolish.
B. WANTS IT WASHED THOROUGHLY: Ps. 103:12, IS. 43:12,
—SPEAKS OF THE FEELINGS OF IT.
—SPEAKS OF THE CONSCIOUSNESS OF IT.
—SPEAKS OF THE MEMORY OF IT.
C. IT IS FAR WORSE IF THE SIN REMAINS. JER. 18:18-23.

4. THE KNOWLEDGE OF WHO SIN HURTS THE WORST: GOD.
A. A HEBREW COMPARITIVE. SIMILAR TO LUKE 14:26.
B. GOD GAVE THE ABILITY TO CHOSE.
C. GOD GAVE THE KNOWLEDGE TO DO RIGHT.
D. GOD GAVE THE ABILITY TO DO RIGHT.

5. THE WAY TO DEAL WITH OUR LEANING TOWARD SIN.
A. THE INWARD PARTS MUST BE ALIVE.
—WHAT ARE THEY ?
MEMORY THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE LAW. JER. 31:33.
THE SOUL. PROV. 20:27. THE PLACE OF WISDOM. JOB 38:36.
—MAY REQUIRE REVIVAL. EZRA 9:8, ISAIAH 57:15
—CANNOT DEPEND ON PHYSICAL OR EMOTIONAL SENSES.
—GOD HAS CLEANSED SOME. OTHERS ARE FILLED WITH EVIL.
LUKE 11:39.
B. WE MUST DEPEND ON GOD TO PURGE AND CLEANSE US.
—WE CANNOT REACH INTO HEAVEN’S BOOKS. PS. 24:3.
—WE CANNOT ERASE ANYTHING FROM GOD’S MIND AND
MEMORY. HE MUST DO IT ALL. PS. 103:12.
C. WE MUST BE WILLING TO LEARN THROUGH OUR ORDEAL. V.8.
CHASTENING IS DESIGNED TO TEACH.
THE ROD OF CORRECTION FROM GOD. PS. 23:4,
PS. 89:23, PROV. 29:15.
OTHER TYPES OF CHASTENING FROM GOD.
—SICKNESSES. JOHN 5:14,
—OVERWHELMING GUILT & CONVICTION. IS. 11:4
COMMON KNOWLEDGE TO DISCIPLES—JOHN 9:2. HEB. 12:11.
D. WE MUST BE YIELDED TO ACCEPT CHANGES. V. 10. PS. 15:4.
HOW IS A RIGHT SPIRIT RENEWED ?
—BY THE MIRACULOUS WORK OF THE LORD. TITUS 3:5.
—BY SERVICE. IS. 40:31.
—BY MAKING OUR MINDS CHANGE. ROMANS 12:2.

6. WHAT GOD MUST DO FOR FULL RESTORATION TO OCCUR.
A. PURGE AND WASH. V. 7.
THE CONSCIENCE ? HEB. 9:14. NEEDED RE-ACTIVITATION TO
BRING ABOUT ADDITIONAL GUILT WHEN HE SINS. ROM. 2:15,
>CONSCIENCE CAN BECOME INSENSITIVE. I TIM. 4:2.
BAD FRIENDS ? 2 TIM. 2:21, I COR. 5:7.
REFINING OUR THOUGHTS. DANIEL 11:35, ISAIAH 1:25.
B. MAKE THE SINNER HEAR JOY AGAIN. V. 8.
C. REFUSE TO SEE THE SIN, AND BLOT IT OUT. V. 9
“BLOT OUT” REFERS TO ENTRY INTO A BOOK. JER. 18:23.
D. CREATE A CLEAN HEART IN HIM. V. 10.
E. RENEW A RIGHT SPIRIT IN HIM. V. 10. (HEB=“REPAIR, RENEW”)
F. REFUSE TO CAST HIM AWAY. V. 11.
G. DELIVER HIM FROM GUILTINESS. V. 12.
(HEB= “BLOODTHIRSTY”)

7. GETTING BACK ON TRACK.    V. 12-19
A. BY OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD 1st. V. 12. MATT. 6:33
B. BY BRINGING OTHERS TO CHRIST.
—HIS TESTIMONY WAS NOT RUINED. HE WAS NOT
SPIRITUALLY DESTROYED. GALATIANS 6:1
[RESTORE=MENDING TO WHOLENESS, BRINGING BACK TO
ORIGINAL CONDITION].
C. BY USING HIS GIFTS FOR THE LORD. V. 14.
—THE GIFTS WERE NOT TAKEN AWAY. ROMANS 11:29.
—GOD COULD STILL WORK THROUGH HIM. V. 15. I COR. 12:1.
D. BY THE RIGHT PRIORITIES.
—BEING RIGHT WITH GOD FIRST—ABOVE SACRIFICES. V. 16.
BEING RIGHT DEMANDS SACRIFICES TO “SELF.” ROM. 15:3.
>BROKEN SPIRIT. PS. 119:20.
>CONTRITE HEART. IS. 66:2.
—THE GIVING OF OTHER SACRIFICES COMES LATER. V. 19.
PHIL. 2:17, HEB. 13:15-16, ROMANS 12:1—THOSE ARE THINGS
WHERE WE REAP THE BENEFITS IN A MORE OBVIOUS WAY.