Topic: A Character Pillar Called Financial Integrity
Taking what does not belong to you is a symptom of lack of financial integrity.
SCRIPTURE: For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 1 Timothy 6:10
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: It is in money matters that a person’s true character is confirmed or revealed.
Financial integrity is a major pillar of character. It is in money matters that a person’s true character is confirmed or revealed. It is possible for someone to pray and fast and not have financial integrity. The truth is, until a man has conquered the love for money, God has not yet prevailed in his life.
One thing you must trust God to overcome is taking what does not belong to you. Taking what does not belong to you is a symptom of lack of financial integrity.
Now, what are the consequences of taking what does not belong to you? We shall be dealing with four of such consequences:
1 Whatever is not yours does not add to your life; it subtracts from your life.
Adam took the fruit that he was not given, and it subtracted everything from his life – he lost the garden (Genesis 3:17-24).
2 Taking what is not yours will cost you both your future and your destiny.
Gehazi was meant to inherit Elijah’s anointing but he got the leprosy of Naaman instead of the anointing because he took what was not his (2 Kings 5:25-27).
3 Whatever is not yours invites curses into your life.
Stolen money invites curses into your life. (Zechariah 5:3-4). Stolen or fraudulent money is cursed money.
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4 Taking what is not yours will cost you your placement in time and in eternity.
Judas lost his place in eternity because he took what did not belong to him (Acts 1:15-20).
Beloved, may you not lose your place in eternity like Judas Iscariot. Therefore, make up your mind not to take what does not belong to you.
REMEMBER THIS: It is in money matters that a person’s true character is confirmed or revealed.
Look away from what does not belong to you.
Be contented with what you have no matter how little it is.
PRAYER: Lord, I ask for the grace to be contented with what I have. Help me not to take what does not belong to me, Lord in Jesus’ Name.
QUOTE: Beloved, the fact that everyone is doing a wrong thing does not make it right. Despite what people do, the standard of God remains sure. Culled from THE ESSENCE OF CHRISTIANITY by Dr Paul Enenche
DAILY READING: 2 Samuel 13-16