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SOME BIBLE LESSONS FOR OUR HEARTS AND FLESH

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SOME BIBLE LESSONS FOR OUR HEARTS AND FLESH

  1. 1. Some BIBLE lessons for our hearts of Flesh BY PASTOR DELE SHOBOWALE
  2. 2. Some lessons for our hearts of Flesh • Prov.1:7 (NIV.)-: The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but FOOLS despise wisdom and instruction. • Ìbẹ̀rù OLUWA ni ìbẹ̀rẹ̀ ìmọ̀,ṣugbọn ÀWỌN ÒMÙGỌ̀ a máa pẹ̀gàn ọgbọ́n ati ẹ̀kọ́.
  3. 3. Some lessons for our hearts of Flesh • Prov.1:7(GNT.)-:’…Stupid people have no respect for wisdom and refuse to learn. • Every time U&I willingly disobey God’s word, we are the one to suffer for it and not God. • …And we are STUPID & FOOLISH.
  4. 4. Some lessons for our hearts of Flesh Prov. 8:36 (MSG): • But if you…reject me, you’re flirting with death.” • Every time U&I willingly disobey God’s word, we are flirting with death.
  5. 5. Some lessons for our hearts of Flesh Prov.28:8-: • NCV. If you get rich by overcharging others and taking advantage of people, your wealth will be given to others who are kind to the poor. • Q: Are there lessons for Business people?
  6. 6. God’s ‘Terms of Reference’ for our Business Some lessons for our hearts of Flesh
  7. 7. • There is a God who is a God of increase in all kinds of business (Deut. 28:11-12, Proverbs 10:22). • There is a God who is the ONLY one that gives Power to get wealth (Deut. 8:18). • There is a God who is the ONLY one that can give Power to make Great Gains (1Chr. 29:12, Isa.45:3, Prov. 8:18-21). Some lessons for our hearts of Flesh
  8. 8. Prov.8:18-21(TLB)-: • ‘Unending Riches,...are mine to distribute….Those who love and FOLLOW ME are indeed wealthy. I fill their treasuries. • Every wise business person must learn to FOLLOW this God of Great Gains before going into business. Some lessons for our hearts of Flesh
  9. 9. • This God is saying: ‘I fill the treasuries of those who FOLLOW ME in business’ • But this God has ‘Terms of Reference’ EVEN for Business. And God is saying: • ‘Those who FOLLOW my ‘Terms of Reference’ in business, I give them Unending Riches in their business. Some lessons for our hearts of Flesh
  10. 10. • Prov.16:11(MSG)-: GOD cares about honesty in the workplace; your business is his business. • GNT-: The LORD wants weights and measures to be honest and Every Sale To Be Fair. • NLT-: The Lord demands accurate scales and balances; he Sets the standards for Fairness. God’s ‘Terms of Reference’ for Business
  11. 11. • Prov.20:23(MSG)-: God hates cheating in the Market Place…’ God is saying: • ‘If you want me to give you Unending Riches in your business, RUN from any kind of cheating and its ‘cousins’ in your business’ • Unending Riches means riches that you will leave for your children. Run from Cheating & ALL its cousins
  12. 12. • Prov.11:1(MSG)-: GOD hates cheating in the Market Place; he loves it when business is ABOVEBOARD. Aboveboard (Dictionary): legal, honest, fair etc. God is saying: • If you want me to fill your treasury (Bank Account) with UNENDING RICHES (Prov.8:18-21), strive to make your business honest and FAIR to ALL. God’s ‘Terms of Reference’ for Business
  13. 13. • Prov.11:1(AMP)-: A False balance and Dishonest business practices are extremely offensive to the LORD, But an Accurate scale is His delight. God is saying: • If you want me to fill your Bank Account with unending riches RUN from ALL kinds of lies like different Kongos for different customers in the market place. God’s ‘Terms of Reference’ for Business
  14. 14. • Prov.16:11(NASB)-: A just balance and scales belong to the LORD; All the weights of the bag are HIS CONCERN. • This means IF God is a partner in your business, then, He is concerned about HOW you sell your goods. God’s ‘Terms of Reference’ for Business
  15. 15. • He is concerned about the KIND of gains you make and HOW you make your gains. • If you are not satisfied with these ‘Terms of Reference’ of HIS; • Then He steps out of your business and then you are O-Y-O, PERIOD! God’s ‘Terms of Reference’ for Business
  16. 16. PADDING your cost price • Prov.20:10(MSG)-: SWITCHING price tags and PADDING the expense account are two things GOD hates. • This means Switching the price tag on the same good depending on who is buying is hated by God; • It means God hates it when you PAD (Jack Up) your expense account (i.e. how much you bought your goods) in order to convince your customer to pay exorbitantly.
  17. 17. PADDING your cost price • God hates it when you PAD your expense account (i.e. your cost price) in order to take advantage of your customers/clients (e.g. during festive seasons like Christmas, New Year Day, Ileya day etc.).
  18. 18. God Hates Overcharging • Prov.28:8(NCV)-: If you get rich by Overcharging others and Taking Advantage of people, your wealth will be given to others who are KIND to the poor. • This means as far as God is concerned, there is something called Overcharging in business. • It means as far as God is concerned, you can overcharge your customers/clients if you are not careful.
  19. 19. God Hates Overcharging • Prov.28:8(NCV)-: If you get rich by Overcharging others and Taking Advantage of people, your wealth will be given to others who are KIND to the poor. • It means when you overcharge your customers/clients, you are actually taking advantage of them. • It means when you do this, you are NOT being Kind.
  20. 20. Some Gains are UNJUST Prov.28:8(KJV)-: • He that by…UNJUST gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor. • This means as far as God is concerned, some gains or charges are UNJUST. Unjust (Dictionary): • unfair, UNREASONABLE, excessive etc.
  21. 21. Some Gains are UN-REASONABLE • It means as far as God is concerned, some gains/charges are reasonable and some are un-reasonable. • It means if your charges are UN- REASONABLE, you are Not Kind to your customers/clients.
  22. 22. Some Charges are TOO HIGH • Prov.28:8(NLT)-:Income from charging HIGH interest rates will end up in the pocket of someone who is KIND to the poor. • This means as far as God is concerned, some charges are TOO HIGH. • It means if your charges are TOO HIGH, you are Not Kind to your customers or clients.
  23. 23. Some Charges are EXCESSIVE • Prov.28:8(HCSB)-: Whoever increases his wealth through EXCESSIVE interest collects it for one who is to the poor. • This means as far as God is concerned, some charges (interest) are EXCESSIVE.
  24. 24. Some Gains are EXORBITANT • Prov.28:8(ISV)-: Whoever gains wealth by charging EXORBITANT interest collects it for someone who is kind to the poor. • This means as far as God is concerned, some gains are EXORBITANT.
  25. 25. Some Gains are Cheating & Extortion • Prov. 28:8(MSG)-: Get as rich as you want through Cheating and Extortion, But eventually some friend of the poor is going to give it all back to them. • This means as far as God is concerned, some gains are pure EXTORTION; • It means when you make such gains, you are Cheating your clients & you are actually a CHEAT. • It means such gains are NOT from the lord.
  26. 26. You can take advantage of Customers • Prov. 28:8(GNT)-: If you get rich by charging interest and taking advantage of people, your wealth will go to someone who is kind to the poor. • This means as far as God is concerned, there are some gains you can make by TAKING ADVANTAGE of your customers/clients if you are not careful.
  27. 27. You can take advantage of Customers • Deut.25:13(KJV)-: Thou shalt not have in thy bag divers weights, a great and a small. • Deut.25:13 HCSB-: You must not have two different weights in your bag, one heavy and one light.
  28. 28. You can take advantage of Customers • Prov.20:10(CEV)-:Two things the LORD hates are dishonest scales and dishonest measures. • GNT-: The LORD hates people who use dishonest weights and measures. • ISV-: FALSE weights and measures-the LORD surely detests both of them.
  29. 29. You are Unjust as your Unjust Gains • This means false balances & Unjust (exorbitant) gains are the same before God and are hated by Him. • Prov.20:10(BST)-: A large and small weight, and divers measures, are even both of them UNCLEAN before the Lord; and so is he that makes them. • …Very Serious Matter b4 God.
  30. 30. WHAT!...Who do you think I am? • Micah 6:11(NIV)-: Shall I acquit someone with dishonest scales, with a bag of false weights? • EXV-: Shall I acquit the man with wicked scales and with a bag of deceitful weights? • NASB-: "Can I justify wicked scales and a bag of deceptive weights?
  31. 31. WHAT!...Who do you think I am? • Micah 6:11(HCSB)-: Can I excuse wicked scales or bags of deceptive weights? • (KJV)-: Shall I count them PURE with the wicked balances, and with the bag of deceitful weights? God is saying: • To me you are Not Pure, you are Unclean & you are Wicked when you take advantage of your customers.
  32. 32. WHAT!...Who do you think I am? Ezek. 45: 9-12 (MSG)-: ‘This is the Message of GOD, the Master: ‘I’ve put up with you long enough, princes of Israel! Quit bullying and taking advantage of my people. Do what’s just and right for a change. Use honest scales—honest weights and honest measures...’
  33. 33. Your Business can affect your Life Span Deut.25:13-16: • "You shall not have in your bag differing weights, a large and a small. "You shall not have in your house differing measures, a large and a small. • "You shall have a full and just weight; you shall have a full and just measure, that your days may be PROLONGED in the land which the LORD your God gives you.
  34. 34. Your Business can affect your Life Span Deut.25:13-16(MSG)-: • Don’t carry around with you two weights, one heavy and the other light, and don’t keep two measures at hand, one large and the other small. • Use only one weight, a true and honest weight, and one measure, a true and honest measure, so that you will Live a Long Time on the land that GOD, your God, is giving you…’
  35. 35. Doesn’t Matter if you don’t Believe • Whether you believe it or not it does not matter; • But God, the maker of ALL lives is saying you can PROLONG your life by the way you do your business; • If U&I love our lives, this is a serious matter that we CANNOT afford to ignore.
  36. 36. Some lessons for our hearts of Flesh • Except the good Lord blesses, no amount of Exorbitant charges can enrich you. • The more exorbitant your gain is, the more the ‘God of all gains’ move away from your business (O-Y-O). Praising the lord, from whom all blessings flow (3ce), Praising the lord, from whom all blessings flow, Praise Him for ever more
  37. 37. Some lessons for our hearts of Flesh • How then do I know such UNJUST gains that can make God STEER CLEAR of my business? • How do I know such UNGODLY charges that can make God STAY AWAY from my business? • How do you know EXORBITANT gains that can make God, leave you and your business O-Y-O???

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