by Curt Dodd

Exodus 20:15
"You shall not steal."
One of Satan's greatest ploys in the Garden as well as in your
own life and my life is to use the subtlety of logic. When he
approached the woman in the Garden, he began to twist and to
turn what God had told Adam and Eve to do concerning the Tree of
the Knowledge of Good and Evil. He began to say things to her
like, "You won't die. And don't you know that God knows that
when you eat of it, your eyes will be opened." The problem was
they would be opened to their sin rather than opened to be

Since that time, man has been very susceptible to allowing his
integrity to be twisted. His commitment to the ways, the laws,
even the outright Commandments of God have somehow been received
through the strainer of justification, rationality; and so by
doing such a mental gymnastic exercise in his mind, man begins
to operate on his level rather than living on God's level for
him. When the Bible says you shall not steal, God was saying,
"I want you to live satisfied with what you have, I want you to
depend upon me. I want you to trust me for everything. You
need not take anything that belongs to your neighbor, you need
not try to manipulate the situations to accomplish your dreams.
You must not push your way through in order to get what you

What God was saying to us, He wants us to live satisfied with
integrity. Job 27:5 says:
"... till I die, I will not deny my integrity."
Job made a personal commitment to his integrity. He continues
on by saying:

"I will maintain my righteousness and never let go of it; my
conscienc ...

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