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Cheap Trick

  • The fool has said in his heart, 'There is no God.' They are corrupt. They have done abominable works. There is none who does good. Yahweh looked down from heaven on the children of men, To see if there were any who did understand, Who did seek after God. Psalms 14:1 WEB

    As the cashier counted out my change, I noticed that it was a good bit more than I had given her to begin with. This was decades ago, and I was a new Christian struggling to make ends meet. I was just beginning to tithe and barely making it. There were all sort of thoughts going through my head: "Well, you really need gas money", "You have been tithing, maybe this is a blessing" and "They will never miss it."

    Then there was another voice: "They will have to take it out of their pay if they are short. That money is not yours! Give it back!" A scripture came to mind and that settled it: 'The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of men..." I pushed it away and explained that they had given me too much because I had only given them five dollars, not fifty or whatever it was that they were counting out. They were shocked and greatly appreciative.

    We would have both been accountable for the mistake, not just her. I walked out of that store knowing that I had done the right thing, and I could feel the Lord's presence immediately. He was watching my actions quietly from above, and when given a chance to do wrong, I chose to do right instead. I know scripture tells us that we are saved by faith, not by works lest we should boast, but you can believe that God still knows the difference between right and wrong.

    That day I made my Father proud. I did not fall for the cheap trick that the enemy had set in front of me. Things like that are just a trap laid in front of you to test your character. Will you do right, or will you fall for the cheap trick and trade your integrity for something so insignificant and temporary?

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I pray that You help me see the traps laid in front of me clearly. Shake me up God and get my attention. Please give me the strength and grace to serve You with all of my heart, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Praise the Lord..... Hallelujah!
July 7, 2018
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Barbara Neahring
Barbara Neahring

Thank you!

July 7, 2018
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Stacie Chambers
Stacie Chambers

Amen.

 

July 7, 2018
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Thank you God for all our blessings. Praise God. Amen 

July 7, 2018
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen!

July 7, 2018
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Maria Mesia
Maria Mesiaedited: July 7, 2018

Certainly do right is a delight shared with God's heart.. Thank Holy Spirit for guide us.

July 7, 2018
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen!

July 7, 2018
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Bella Colliander
Bella Colliander

Amen and praise God.  I have had this happen to me before and it is such a joyful feeling to do the right thing.  Thank you Lord for letting me know to do the right thing and receiving such a blessing for doing so. 

July 7, 2018
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Praise God 

July 7, 2018
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Amen,Praise Jesus our Lord and Master.

July 7, 2018
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank You Father for giving us grace when we need it! Amen.

July 7, 2018
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Amen! I think we all at some point in our lifes have had similar things like that happen to us, to take the high road instead of falling for the trap isnt always easy for sure. But right is right and wrong is wrong, I had a christian friend who is no longer with us, but he used to always say “ right is might” and that has always stuck with me. ✝️

July 7, 2018
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, brother, and excellent phrase <3!

July 7, 2018
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Help me oh God from all the temptations I may encounter today. I know the devil is always prompt to attack,in Jesus name I pray. Amen. 

July 7, 2018
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

July 7, 2018
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen 

July 7, 2018
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

Prayer: Heavenly Father I pray that You help me see the traps laid in front of me clearly. Shake me up God and get my attention. Please give me the strength and grace to serve You with all of my heart, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

July 7, 2018
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord

July 7, 2018
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

July 8, 2018
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father I pray that You help me see the traps laid in front of me clearly. Shake me up God and get my attention. Please give me the strength and grace to serve You with all of my heart, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

July 8, 2018