by Brian Fletcher

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You Shall Not Steal (2 of 3)
Series: 10 Commandments
Brian Fletcher
Exodus 20:15

Introduction: Story of buying used projector from Eden Resort in Lancaster.
Came back and read...
NIV Psalm 62:10 Do not trust in extortion or take pride in stolen goods; though your riches increase, do not set your heart on them.

1. What is Stealing?

Forcibly taking something from someone else.
It could be something as big as stealing a car or stealing a pencil. Either way we are taking something that does not belong to us but to someone else. Some people might say, ''Well, I've never stolen a car, and seriously a pencil is not that big of a deal.''
Ok, how about some of the following things:
Cheating on income taxes
Fudging an expense report (a friend of mine had to fire an employee because he intentionally deceived the company for a mere $20, out of an expense report that probably had hundreds of dollars on it, he gave up his job and career for $20.
Steal time by not working appropriately or wasting time (again, I know people who have had to reprimand employees for spending too much time texting while they should be working)
Stealing music or movies from Peer to Peer sites like napster, etc.
Stealing someone's words, plagarizing on a paper, or even a sermon. There are so many sermons online I could steal from…(Illustration of Pastor stealing sermons?)
I really don't think we have a hard time discerning whether what we are doing is stealing or not, it's pretty plain and obvious.

But here is something you might not have thought of:
When we choose to live for ourselves and for our own glory then we are actually…

Stealing God's glory. God is very protective of His own glory.
Steal the fame of His name

2. Why do we steal? What is the heart issue?
Remember all of our words and actions are merely an outflow of what is actually going on inside our hearts:
Luke 6:43-45
''Whatever rules the heart exercises inescapable influence over life and behavior. Yo ...

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