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Fraud

Text:
1Timothy 6:3-10

Memory Verse:
“Now godliness with contentment is great gain” (1Timothy 6:6).

Proverbs 20:17 says “Food gained by fraud is sweet to a man, but afterward his mouth is full of gravel.” Fraud is stealing, lying, and breaking the law and this vice is common among people. Scripture says, “woe to those who call evil good and good evil.” Scams and fraud are brought on by the lust for money and the lack of faith in God. Rather than trying to go through shortcuts to gain quick money, which can easily disappear, let’s plan to gain wealth the right way – with hard work.
You should never live like this sinful world, but you should live a life of integrity. Treasures gained dishonestly profit no one, but righteousness rescues from death. The Lord will not allow a righteous person to starve, but He intentionally ignores the desires of a wicked person (Proverbs 10:2&3).

As Christians who are examples to unbelievers, we should be people of integrity. Being a fraudster does not involve cybercrimes only. It cuts across all facets of life. 1Timothy 6:9 tells us, “But people who long to be rich soon begin to do all kinds of wrong things to get money, things that hurt them and make them evil-minded and finally send them to hell itself.”

Please avoid fraudulent behaviour and start trusting in God. Good behaviour starts with being content and not wanting to be like the Jones’s. Wanting what others have at all cost will lead you into getting it the way they did, and sin. Godliness with contentment is great gain.

Prayer Points:
1. Lord, help me to be a person of integrity.
2. Lord, help me to trust in You more.

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