RCCG Open Heavens Devotional Sunday 31 March 2013
NO GAIN IN GREED
By Pastor E. A. Adeboye
Memorise: “He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live” Proverbs 15:27
Read: Proverbs 15:26-27
Bible in one year: Mark 11-13
Key point: If the greedy knows the long term effect of his greedy action, he would have done everything possible to avoid it.
Deuteronomy 25:1 6 says if you want to live long ¡n your God-given land, do not cheat others. In other words, cheating others is directly related to untimely deaths. Do not alsify your measuring tools. Every act of deceit takes something offyour life. Some water bottling companies when processing their permit, satisfy all the standards prescribed by the regulatory authority. But on getting what they want, they begin to compromise laId down standards. They cut corners, refuse to use certain chemicals meant for water purification and still sell their products at the normal price. They end up giving people acidic water disguised as wholly processed water. This is evil! What you think you are saving or gaining from reducing one or more of the materials [ you should have used, will definitely work against you. What you are gaining financially you are losing health wise. Put an end to such rip off, restitute and follow all the stages of water purification. This also applies to all other businesses. People cheat others out ofgreed. Greed ¡s a terrible destroyer! Proverbs 1 5:27 says,
“He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live .“
Apart from reducing the lifespan of the cheat, greed brings trouble into the family of the cheat. Greed opens the door to devourers. Some employers of labour do everything possible to cheat on their workers. They will owe them salaries for months telling them that there is no money, while they have money from the same business to take care of their personal needs and even extravagance. Some will come up with flimsy reasons to continue to reduce worker’s wages or salaries. Even in Christendom greed is rife. If somebody is spending time and effort in serving you, you must give the fellow what ¡s commensurate or else, you will be undoing yourself. Moreover, another aspect of cheating which is also borne out of greed ¡s truce breaking. When two or more people enter into a business agreement, be it written or verbal, the profit must be shared as earlier agreed. If you take a kobo, cent or penny beyond your agreement, you will pay dearly for it. You cannot escape God’s judgement no matter your garb of Spirituality or position. Some people have closed the doors God opened to them out of greed. Some have deadly diseases especially believers because they cheated fellow believers. Repent, return what you stole from that partner and ask the fellow to pray for you and you will be healed.