To stop doing crime, you must change that thinking to the thinking summarized in what I refer to as the seven economic principles of the kingdom of God. Please understand that from whateve perspective you view it, crime is an economic issue. You--the criminal--do not have something you want! Usually, that "something" translates into a monetary value that you can trade or barter for something else you want, be it drugs, a fancy lifestyle, or whatever.
During the past 40 years, I have learned seven economic principles from the Bible that have been the principal reasons I no longer do crime because these principles yield a significantly greater return to me every month than my entire 20 years of doing crime did, combined.
This new thinking process begins with the priority principle stated in Matthew 6:33 that says: "Seek first God's kingdom and His righteousness and God will provide the basics--food, shelter and clothing. I do not have the time or the space here to elaborate on how this principle has been fulfilled in my life during the past 40 years, but rest assured that I know and know that I know the truth of this principle.
Next comes the performance principle, summarized in Luke 16:1-13 in the parable of the unjust steward. They key phrase says: "Anyone who is faithful in little will also be faithful in much. Being faithful in little means learning something that the Apostle Paul summarizes in his epistle to the Phillipians. He wrote: "I have learned that in whatever state I find myself, therewith to be content." Being content with little is synonymous to being faithful in little. This attitude of mental contentment continues to abide with you even as God increases your blessings to what can only be defined as "much."
Next comes what I refer to as the partnership principle, summarized in Luke 6:38: "Give and it will be given to you, a good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over will men give into your bosom, because with the same measure you use in giving, I will measure it back to you." I apply this partnership principle, for example, with investors. In every investment package I put together, the investors receive 60 percent of the project revenue off the top, before business expenses, before profit. I do that because God, my business partner, promises to use the same measure I use--in this case 60 percent--in providing blessings to me. So every business deal yields a 100 percent return for me.
Next comes the payment principle, summarized in mark 10:29-30 "'I tell you the truth,' Jesus replied, 'no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields) and with them persecutions and in the age to come eternal life.'"
Now we come to the preparation principle, revealed in Gen. 26:1-3, 15-16: "Now there was a famine in the land--besides the earlier famine of Abraham's time--and Isaac went to Abimelech, king of the Philistines in Gerar. The Lord appeared to Isaac and said: 'Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land where I tell you to live. joe choniski