AVOID GET-RICH-QUICK SCHEMES

WISDOM FOR LIVING DAILY DEVOTIONAL

JULY 10, 2024

TOPIC: AVOID GET-RICH-QUICK SCHEMES

BY T. O. BANSO

Greedy people try to get rich quick but don’t realize they’re headed for poverty” (Proverbs 28:22 New Living Translation).

Saying that money is important for transactions in human society is stating the obvious. Without money, you can’t even be reading this! We need money to meet diverse needs in life. Beyond having money to meet basic human needs, many people desire to get rich. But in a bid to achieve this desire, not a few participate in get-rich-quick schemes.

The stories of the experiences of those who pursued such schemes are everywhere, but this seems not to have discouraged many others from being deceived that their own experience will be positive. Common sense should have told these optimistic people they cannot build something on nothing and expect it to stand. But they are bent on having their fingers burnt.

Greed is the motivating factor driving many of the victims of get-rich-quick schemes. It is not strange to hear that some, who even are Christians, have been deceived to participate in some get-rich-quick schemes because of the exciting offers. They may get some positive results for a season, deliberately programmed to nail them, but they may soon cry over their huge losses.

Nobody’s experience can nullify the Word of God. No result by anyone can make the Word of God of no effect. If the Bible says something is bad, you had better believe it. If it says you should refrain from a practice, let nobody’s seemingly encouraging result lure you into it.

The Bible says, The trustworthy person will get a rich reward, but a person who wants quick riches will get into trouble” (Proverbs 28:20 New Living Translation).  Verse 22 adds, “Greedy people try to get rich quick but don’t realize they’re headed for poverty” (New Living Translation). Avoid greed that lures you into get-rich-quick schemes because nothing good will come out of it, and anything good you can claim to gain from it will not endure. Trust in your money and down you go! But the godly flourish like leaves in spring” (Proverbs 11:28 New Living Translation).

Colossians 3:5b says, Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world” (New Living Translation). God hates idolatry, and this is not talking only about statutes or graven images, but anything you love above God. 1 Corinthians 10:14 says to flee from idolatry.

Avoid get-rich-quick schemes. Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows over time” (Proverbs 13:11 New Living Translation). Many got wealthy through get-rich-quick- schemes but their wealth has disappeared. They didn’t acquire their wealth through diligent labour so they couldn’t keep it. Many lost their wealth through the same means they had acquired them. As it is often said, “Easy come, easy go.”

The get-rich-quick schemes people engage in could be demonic, involving rituals. Some may not involve rituals but are fraudulent. The operators of get-rich-quick schemes are almost always criminals or criminally minded. They have to deceive others to defraud them. Proverbs 21:6 says, Wealth that comes from telling lies vanishes like a mist and leads to death” (New Century Version). If not physical death, it will certainly lead to spiritual death, and ultimately eternal death.

That should not be surprising. God will not tolerate evil. It’s impossible to think you can succeed in making yourself happy by making others sorrowful. You cannot build an enduring fortune on others’ misfortune. What a man sows that he shall reap (Galatians 6:7). Proverbs 15:27a says,Greedy people bring trouble to their families” (New Living Translation).

Children of God should not be deceived to participate in these schemes in whatever guise they appear and whoever is running them, even if they’re their church members. Avoid get-rich-quick schemes. Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with what you have (Hebrews 13:5).

1 Timothy 6:6 says godliness with contentment is great gain. Verses 7-9 add, “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition” (New King James Version).

Beware of the love of money. “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows”  (1 Timothy 6:10 New King James Version).

The Bible is clear on how to grow your finances. This includes honouring God with your money and possessions, working diligently, saving, investing wisely, living on a budget, and spending reasonably – avoiding compulsive and impulsive purchases.

Stay with the Word of God. Don’t follow what is trending but not biblical. Avoid get-rich-quick schemes. They are not God’s way of meeting the needs of His children or making His people wealthy. The blessing of the Lord brings [true] riches, and He adds no sorrow to it [for it comes as a blessing from God]” (Proverbs 10:22 Amplified Bible).

TAKE ACTION!

If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. Take the following steps: *Admit that you are a sinner, and cannot save yourself, and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.

Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto You today. I know I am a sinner, and I cannot save myself.  I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and God raised Him on the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.

I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You must join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like a palm tree and grow like a cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The Lord be with you.

PRAYER POINTS: I repent of greed and covetousness in any form. Godliness combined with contentment shall be the hallmark of my life in Jesus’ name. I shall not engage in get-rich-quick schemes; I shall follow the Word of God in Jesus’ name.

(For over 900 in-depth and powerful messages by T.O. Banso, visit www.cedarministry.org).

 T. O. Banso is the President, Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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