Stop in the Name of . . .
An elderly woman had just returned home from church when she was startled by an intruder. She caught the man in the act of robbing her home and yelled, "Stop! Acts !" (“Repent and be baptized, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins.”)
Immediately the burglar threw up his hands in surrender as the woman calmly called the police. As the officer cuffed the burglar he asked, "Why did you just stand there? All the old lady did was yell a scripture to you."
"A Scripture?" replied the burglar. "She said that she had an Ax and Two 38's!"
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The Bank Robbery--by customers
Years ago, one of the employees at a bank in Kansas was putting money in the ATM machine and accidently put $20 bills in the $10 slot, and $10 bills in the $20 slot. So when people pushed $10, they got $20, and when people pushed $20, they only got $10.
You can finish this story yourself, if you know how people act. All the people who were short-changed $10 came into the bank complaining and demanding that the bank pay them back. But guess what? Not one customer who got too much money back came into the bank to return the money. They just drove away without saying a word. That’s called “stealing.”
Stealing is trying to provide for yourself illegally. If you are trusting God to provide everything you need, you’re not going to steal.