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There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.
(Prov. 14:12)
The following things will kill every business deal, and God will guarantee you poverty if you practice just one of them.

Idolatry. The first commandment says, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” (Ex. 20:3). Not rock stars, not movie stars, not athletic stars; just the Bright and Morning Star, Jesus Christ.  Idolatry is the inordinate devotion to anything other than God. How much time do you spend watching TV. Who gets prime time in your life?  Who or what is the lord of your life? Who or what has influence over your life?

Laziness. If there’s a great book on the work ethic in the world, it’s the Bible. The Bible says, “Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work” (Exodus 20:9). God worked, and some of you ought to try it. If you’re a Christian, you ought to be the best worker in your company.

Waste.  Proverbs 18:9 says, “He also that is slothful (lazy) in his work is a brother to him that is a great waster.”  How much money, how much food, how much time do you waste? Jesus fed 5,000 out of one boy’s sack lunch and then he commanded the disciples to pick up the leftovers. Why? Because waste is wrong. Waste leads to poverty.

Borrowing. I’m talking about things that bring poverty according to the word of God. Proverbs 22:7 says that the borrower is servant to the lender. Every bank you borrow from makes you a slave. Every credit card you have in your pocket makes you a slave. One of the quickest ways to financial success is plastic surgery—cut up your credit cards!

Stealing. Theft brings poverty. Zechariah 5:3 says, “This is the curse that goeth forth over the face of the whole earth:  for every one that stealeth shall be cut off,” and that means financially. God says if you’re a thief, he’ll bless you with poverty. Do you steal form your employer? Do you steal on your expense account?  Do you borrow things permanently?

Crooked deals. The sixth thing that will cause poverty is the crooked business deals of the father.  Proverbs 17:13 says that if a man pays back evil for good, evil will never leave his house.

Anti-Semitism.  An anti-Semite is someone who hates the Jewish people because they’re Jewish. You will never succeed as an anti-Semite. You don’t have to agree with the Jewish people.  You don’t have to let them run over you in a business deal. But if you hate them because they are Jewish, if you hate them because they are wealthy, if you hate them because of their brilliance, God will cut you off.

God told Abraham, “I will bless them that bless you and curse him that curseth thee:  and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed” (Gen. 12:3). That is still God’s foreign policy statement concerning the Jewish people around the world.

All the Old Testament prophets, the disciples, Joseph and Mary and Jesus Himself were Jewish people!  It’s not possible to be a Christian and not love the Jewish people!

Refusing to tithe. Tithing is God’s financial plan for world evangelism and your personal success.  Tithing is what the church did before bingo!

When you participate in any of these eight things, God just reaches over and turns your tap off! You can work as hard as you want to, but you’re not going to get ahead; you’re not even going to catch up.

Source: 12 Sunday Mornings—Vol. 2 by John Hagee.
Excerpt permission granted by John Hagee Ministries

Author Biography

John Hagee
Web site: John Hagee Ministries
John Charles Hagee has served the Lord as a minister of the gospel for over 63 years. He is a fifth-generation pastor and the 47th descendant of his family to serve in the ministry since they immigrated to America in the mid-1700's. Pastor Hagee is the founder and Senior Pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, a non-denominational evangelical church with more than 22,000 active members.

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