“Father give me the grace not to commit fraud: in my walk with you, at work, school, with my spouse, and in my relationship with others, amen”. Did you say amen to that prayer? Or are you among the silly group that think that it’s only fraud when it’s in billions of naira and perpetuated by a Nigerian government official?

According to ‘Open Heavens’ (daily devotional from Daddy Adeboye) dated 4th March 2012, fraud is simply not doing things you are supposed to do. He gave an example of a man who sent in a proposal for a contract quoting prices for high quality cables. He was awarded the contract but to make extra profits used substandard cables. That’s fraud.

Fraud is denying your spouse of their conjugal rights, whether you are pissed off at them or not. Fraud is a child disobeying his/her parents. Fraud is ‘tipping’ that police officer because you’re in the wrong and you don’t want to get booked for it. Fraud is using that person’s work as yours without acknowledging them, no matter how cleverly you mask it.  Fraud is taking something that isn’t yours without their permission, no matter how little.

Fraud is telling lies, whether to man, or to God. Acts 5: 1- 11 tells the story of Ananias and Sapphira who on the surface started out doing a good deed. Peter called for an offering in their church. Ananias and Sapphira of their own freewill sold their land and then brought half the money and gave to Peter. At the time the brethren would sell their possessions, and bring the money which would then be shared to the needy among them.

Peter asked Ananias if he brought all the money, and he said yes. Peter perceived by the Spirit of God that he was lying and said (vs 4-5)  “While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.” Then Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and breathed his last. So great fear came upon all those who heard these things.”

Ananias heard those words and died. Three hours later his wife Sapphira came in. Peter asked her the same question and probably because she had agreed with her husband, she lied too. She died as well.

Thought for the week? Flee every appearance of evil. We know when we’re about to do wrong, but the truth is we can walk away; because we can. So do it, walk away. And have yourselves a pleasant week, devoid of fraud of any kind!

P:S – in other news, did you hear of the baggage handlers (working for Arik Air) at Ibom International Airport who were arrested for pilfering about N2million from the luggage belonging to the entourage of the Akwa Ibom State Governor? Apparently the Governor’s protocol officials had about N8million in the box. *no comment*


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