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THIEVES

I remember one time coming out of the corner gas store when I was about 17 years of age and I could not find my car, which I had just filled up with gasoline. I was aghast! I left the keys in the car, but I was only in the store for about one minute, and I kept glancing at my vehicle while inside the store. It just disappeared! I had a bucket of Kentucky Friend Chicken in the passenger seat which I intended to bring home as dinner for my family. I saw a vehicle out of the corner of my eye going back behind the gas station into the parking lot of a hotel, and so I grabbed a stick and went into the dark parking lot to retrieve my vehicle and my family’s dinner. I was imagining every Bruce Lee move I had ever seen on TV. It was time for the fantasy-land karate-expert to shine, I thought! I would sweep the thug with a roundhouse below the knees and come down on his nose with a vertical heel drop. Then I would witness to him as he begged for mercy! Then as his partner came out from behind the vehicle with a gun, I would throw my stick and knock the gun out of his hands. Then I would catch the gun as it fell from the sky as the hoodlum would take God’s name in vain. Then I would say, Yes, that’s right, God does damn thieves! You should be calling on His name for mercy, punk, (I would say as I cocked the 44 magnum stainless steel revolver), and not be using it to tick Him and His servants off!!!

It never did happen that way. The car was found four weeks later crashed into a ditch. I will never forget the way my family felt violated after that incident. Our Bibles were in the car, and they never were recovered. The thieves told the police that they threw our Bible out the window with the chicken bones. You know, every thief does that when they steal from somebody else: they throw God’s Word out the window. What disrespect, what malice, what emnity! What foolishness!

Even a thief does not want to be stolen from. All you thieves know that you do wrong when you steal. Your own conscience condemns you. You should do unto others as you would have them do unto you. You wouldn’t want some fellow stealing your car, shoplifting from your store, or robbing you of what you have earned. Do you know how that violates another person when you steal from them? Robbing someone is a great violation of their person. Your security is threatened when you have something stolen from you. An act of stealing is an act of hatred. Surely, if you loved your neighbor as yourself, you would not steal from your neighbor. No way! What a wretched crime it is to take something from someone else which does not belong to you. Wake up to the truth, all ye thieves, or else be doomed to HELL forever!

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY?

Exodus 20:15: Thou shalt not steal.

I Cor.6:9-11: Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

YOUR ONLY HOPE!

Repent of your stealing! To repent is to change, to regret doing what you have done, and to make it right! The law of God in the Old Testament demanded that a thief return to the one from whom he stole four to five times the value of the things stolen. When Zacchaeus, who obtained his wealth through thievery, repented of his sins and trusted in Jesus, he proclaimed, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I will restore him fourfold” (Luke 19:2-8). Jesus then replied, “This day is salvation come to this house.” Would you like salvation from sin and from eternal HELL to come to your house today! Then repent, like Zacchaeus did. Return that which you stole, and walk in love toward your neighbor. Love God supremely, and your neighbor as yourself. Give, do not steal.

 



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