…because he was the firstborn.

images2 Chronicles 21:3 Their father gave them great gifts of silver, gold, and valuable possessions, together with fortified cities in Judah, but he gave the kingdom to Jehoram, because he was the firstborn.

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Can anyone say ‘undue influence?’ How about fraud?

Luke 16:10-13 – He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.

A fraud is someone who pretends to be something they are not, specifically for personal gain. Selah.

Think about the impact ‘fraud’ will have on a stellar career in a field that proves you can mess with minds and screw around with the brains of the aged?  Just saying.

As for ‘undue influence,’ well there again, unduly influencing the elderly for personal gain will not exactly sit well on a professional resume.

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Scripture to scoff at for today —

Proverbs 19:5 – A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who pours out lies will not go free.

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O.J. Ain’t Got Nothin’ on You

Remember the O.J. Simpson case when O.J. thought he got away with murder?  Well today’s subject is: What do you do if the other side pulls a ‘Ron Goldman’s family’ and just won’t give up?

We all agree that lifting inheritances is not murder, per se,  and in many cases it is trouble free and smooth sailing all the way to the bank.  However, occasionally Thieves do run into obstacles after a big heist.  Trouble usually occurs when inattentive relatives finally realize that, just like O.J., you slit a couple of financial throats and left a family member’s penniless body strewn on the sidewalk.

What’s the big deal you ask? You can’t help it if you’re like Orenthal James.  Mr. Simpson  was just savvier and certainly more devious than most. For you, the problem is that while you may not have literally killed anyone, you made off with a caravan of ill gotten gain and in direct bloodline circles that doesn’t bode well.

That is why its important not to let your guard down and remember that even though it may appear as if the worst is behind you at any moment a car chase could begin and things could get somewhat dicey.  Problems arise if rightful heirs have a sentimental attachment to Dad’s wishes and feel entitled to what you think your child has more of a right to than what their father wanted to bequeath to his own.

These sort of people have been known to dig in and, for the sake of Dad’s wishes and memory, after starting the process, refuse to surrender.

With that in mind, supercilious Thieves should take time out from plotting their next big caper and be aware that there is always the possibility that next of kin,  i.e. ‘Fred Goldman’- types could have an attachment to what’s rightfully theirs and demand justice be served.

Reality dictates that if legitimate successors demand back what you’ve swindled, it could make life a tad uncomfortable for a while and really, really expensive.

Let’s face it when you hid in the shadows, snuck up that dark driveway, and stealthily transferred those funds into your bank account you knew the money would help pay those gambling debts, but what you didn’t know is that you might have to dip into the loot to pay an expensive lawyer.  A few years later, when you least expect it, here you are shelling out  greenbacks to a guy with a Lexus and for what it’s worth… it’s a real bummer.

Who would have thought that the video camera that recorded you standing there helping Granny sign those withdrawal slips, or chronicled photos of you exercising your wrist and index finger at multitudinous ATM machines, would one day cough up those tapes in probate court and have you thinking to yourself: “Wow, I really should have laid off the cannolis at Christmas and, I don’t care what people say, gray hair really doesn’t make me look all that distinguished?”

You also didn’t think that the push-over/non-confrontational relative, who you thought would say: “Forget it, God will deal with them,” would actually grow a set of bolas/pelotas and come after what’s rightfully theirs.

Nonetheless, and regardless of the outcome, there are some precautionary measures you can take to protect the birthright you stole from heirs who seem to be afflicted with a severe case of  righteous indignation.

  • Spend as much of the money as you can right out of the gate — in other words clean the blood out of the get away car
  • If necessary, send some of that sullied money to an off shore bank account in Guatemala or Honduras and, when asked,  swear it was to build an orphanage
  • Pay off bills, preferably a large mortgage or student loans. In other words, liquidate stolen assets asap.  The people to whom it belongs may not know it yet but you can’t take back what ain’t there.  Capeesh?
  • If you hear words being bandied about on the other side such as:  district attorney, criminal charges, contingency agreement or civil suit seriously consider dressing in a skull cap and dark blue jump suit, stuffing a gym bag with cash, grabbing Mom and the kids and high-tailing it out of the country to that orphanage you helped finance in Latin America
  • Practice the mantra: “If the glove doesn’t fit you must acquit.”  Just rework it so it’s more applicable.  Say over and over:  “I almost got away with it, so please acquit!”

As a last resort, but only as an absolute last resort, if things are not looking good for you attempt to rescue your reputation,  about to be exposed for all the world to see,  by offering  to tell the truth and return the plunder.  Make sure to do it before you’re prosecuted or proven to be a slippery brigand and everyone  get’s to see your face in a mug shot, or with an orange hoody over your face leaving the local police station after being booked for larceny.

Either way, if you’re deluded enough to think you still  have a good chance of getting away with financial murder, learn from those bank video recordings and for God’s sake, as soon as humanly possible, dye that hair and lose the poundage so at least you’ll look somewhat presentable when, like O.J., your trial is broadcast live on CNN.

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This can’t be true…so ignore it

Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “When a person sins and acts unfaithfully against the LORD, and deceives his companion in regard to a deposit or a security entrusted to him, or through robbery, or if he has extorted from his companion, or has found what was lost and lied about it and sworn falsely, so that he sins in regard to any one of the things a man may do; then it shall be, when he sins and becomes guilty, that he shall restore what he took by robbery, or what he got by extortion, or the deposit which was entrusted to him, or the lost thing which he found, or anything about which he swore falsely; he shall make restitution for it in full, and add to it one-fifth more. He shall give it to the one to whom it belongs on the day he presents his guilt offering, and the priest shall make atonement for him before the LORD; and he shall be forgiven for any one of the things which he may have done to incur guilt” (Lev. 6:1-7).

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It’s Christmas

Hey kid, go buy yourself something nice with someone else’s money…you deserve it!

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Scripture Verse to Dismiss for Today…

“When the Enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of God will raise a standard against him!” (Isaiah 59:19)

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