CAPTIVES OF GREED Saturday 18 February

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: He that is greedy of gain toubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live. Proverbs 15:27

Read: Proverbs 1:10-19

A common problem among those who desire to be rich is greed. According to Proverbs 1:10-19, the greedy will stop at nothing in their bid to get rich quick; all they are focused on is their goal and nothing must stop them. A greedy person does not mind shedding innocent blood. All those who are into advanced fee fraud commonly known as 419 in Nigeria, are motivated by greed. Similarly those who engage in profiteering – who obtain excessive profits are motivated by greed. Greed makes people to over-value the worth of their products or services. Quite a number of contractors who make supplies to governments are guilty of greed. They inflate the prices of their goods sometimes charging even more than 1000 percent. A greedy person also will not keep to agreements. He will violate every business agreement in order to make more money. He does not care if relationships of several years are destroyed as long as he is able to cheat his partner and get more if not everything. Are you greedy of gain? What effect has greed had on you? Repent today and restitute.

The greedy fellow is blinded from seeing the evils coming upon him. Greed can easily trigger a loss. When you over price your goods, you turn away those who should have patronized you and introduced you to other people. Greed can rob you of opportunities. Proverbs 1:19 says greed gradually erodes the life of the greedy. According to Proverbs 15:27, it is greed that makes people to take or ask for bribes, the same greed will cause them and their families lots of pain. The greedy fellow lives in fear. Many times, they become victims of hired assassins as the ones they have cheated attempts to have their pound of flesh. No greedy person can truly live in peace or enjoy their ill gotten wealth as they live in fear. The blood of the innocent victims of the greedy haunt them continuously. The greedy is an enemy of God and man. Men will curse such a man (Proverbs 11:26) and the judgement of God is on such a person (Ezekiel 22:12-14). Have you been greedy? Has your greed made you to offend others? Repent and restitute your ways. Return what you have acquired unjustly from your victims and make your ways right before God. After this, be content with what God gives to you.

Every trace of greed in my life, Father, uproot and destroy it today.
Bible in one year: John 7-10

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