Cautiousness3 Remembering that greed is at the door of every heart

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Ah, the deception of one's own heart... it is amazing how we can rationalize away our choices, even the exceptionally bad ones... larceny is in each one of us... it is something of which we must be aware, and of which we must choose to recognize and guard against... Stuff can overwhelm, possessions can be shackles, and riches that are only in things can suffocate....

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Remembering that greed crouches at the door of every heart:

Remembering that greed crouches at the door of every heart And he said unto them, Take heed,and beware of covetousness for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth . Luke 12:15   Character Sketches, Vol. 3 IBLP, 1978, pages 54-65 various Character Councils, & other websites Lesson 3

Who Am I?:

Who Am I? In Nature… 135 species, all live in salt water Sizes from a few inches to up to 25’ from tip to tip, depending on the species Sleep most of the day, hunt at night From Scripture… A loyal warrior Greed as lust of the flesh lead to his death Died in battle as was planned

The Octopus:

The Octopus Octopoda (L – 8 footed) Diet: Carnivore Type: Invertebrate Weight: 6.5 to 22# Size: 1-3 ft (most, some are much bigger) Average life span in the wild: 1-2 years Did you know? Common octopi will collect crustacean shells and other objects to construct fortresses, or "gardens," around their lairs.

A natural illusionist…:

A natural illusionist… *Mom is super careful with you, & “vacuums” & rinses the eggs to keep detritus from settling on them *You have no bones, but do have a sharp strong beak & a poison to paralyze prey *You taste your food with your arms~ both smell & taste organs are located around the suckers *You are basically shy & use camouflage to stalk, & ink+jet propulsion to confuse & escape 4 minute video re the octopus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMFvDClbAJE 3 minute video re 10 facts https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0U-luQnlXE

Cautiousness in Scripture :

Cautiousness in Scripture Octopi thread through small openings to get what it wants… watch for those who also “thread their way” into you confidence… (Jude 4, 2 Timothy 3:1-7) , and watch for the life-sapping tentacles of an incautious life …. 2 Timothy 2:4

About that whole greed thing…:

About that whole greed thing… A hard-working business man becomes very successful, & one day gets an invitation to go to a resort for a weekend to meet with a group business leaders, & enjoy the atmosphere of the resort… it might open other avenues…. Should he & his wife go???

Loyal & courageous…:

Loyal & courageous… * A distinguished soldier caught up in another man’s sin 2 Samuel 11 * His refusal to go home was not unexpected based on Uriah’s character, loyalty, & understanding of the ritual laws Deut. 23:9-14; Lev. 15:16; 1 Sam. 21:5

Character vs ….:

Character vs …. *Why would a Hittite serve David? *Why did Uriah not go home? How should we respond to betrayal? Or protect ourselves from those who use us for their own greed & gain?

Consider carefully what is set before you…:

Consider carefully what is set before you…

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