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OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL

DATE:   WEDNESDAY 15TH DECEMBER 2021.

THEME:  BEWARE OF PROFITEERING.

MEMORISE:
A false balance is abomination to the Lord: but a just weight is his delight.                                                                     Proverbs 11:1

READ:  Proverbs 11:1-4.
1A false balance is abomination to the Lord: but a just weight is his delight.

2 When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.

3 The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.

4 Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.


MESSAGE:
Profiteering- the act of making excessive and unfair profit usually through illegal means is considered as wickedness before God.

Profiteering involves taking undue advantage of others. You may not know the havoc you are wreaking on humanity until God opens your eyes to see that both the services and goods you are charging exorbitantly for are not affordable by those who need them for survival.

Many people profiteer because they want to make excessive profits and enrich themselves with worldly possessions.

They have lost sight of Proverbs 13:11 which says:
“Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.”

Proverbs 13:22 also says “….the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.”

It is tantamount to slavery when people work for you and you deny them their wages or tactically delay their pay. God will punish such people because they have been unfaithful. James 5:4 says:

“the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth.”

The Scripture above expresses the mind of God about profiteering. Consider the lives of those who have gathered wealth illegally just to leave an inheritance for their children.

In many cases, even in their lifetime, their children sell property bought with these looted funds to the children of those they have defrauded.

We have heard the stories of children of laborers purchasing the property of their fathers’ masters when the Lord of Sabaoth caused wealth to change hands.

Truly, the treasures of wickedness will never bring profit (Proverbs 10:2).

Beloved, remember the words of our Lord Jesus in Luke 12:15 and be wise. Wealth does not guarantee satisfaction, joy, peace and security. It is foolishness to run after wealth mindlessly. Godliness with contentment is what brings great gain (1 Timothy 6:6).

PRAYER POINT:
Father, please deliver my soul from greed. Let me never chase after uncertain riches, in the mighty name of Jesus.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 2 Peter.

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE 

 HYMN 14:  JESUS MY LORD, MY GOD, MY ALL.

Jesus, my Lord, my God, my All,
How can I love thee as I ought?
And how revere this wondrous gift,
So far surpassing hope or thought?
Sweet Sacrament, we thee adore;
Oh, make us love thee more and more.
Oh, make us love thee more and more.

Had I but Mary’s sinless heart
To love thee with, my dearest King,
Oh, with what bursts of fervant praise
Thy goodness, Jesus, would I sing.
Sweet Sacrament, we thee adore;
Oh, make us love thee more and more.
Oh, make us love thee more and more.

Thy Body, Soul, and Godhead, all,
O mystery of love divine.
I cannot compass all I have,
For all thou hast and art are mine.
Sweet Sacrament, we thee adore;
Oh, make us love thee more and more.
Oh, make us love thee more and more.

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