Pathway to Contentment: Effects of Covetousness – Part 5

hdr-pathway-by-darkphoenix36-on-deviantart_pathway-pictures_small-bedroom-decoration-architecture-blog-loft-bed-ideas-for-rooms-bathroom-apartments-stairway-chimney-christmas-By now, I am sure you are beginning to understand why the Bible tells us to run from greed and Covetousness. Its impact can be devastating, because people get into all kinds of schemes to look the part, involve in get rich quick schemes; and the Bible calls it un-wise. Moving right along, let us continue to explore Biblical text’s on the impact of Covetousness. Beloved, hear my heart on this issue, “You and I have not been designed or fashioned to bear the weight of our own provision; but it looks to me we seem to be carrying the weight and the cares of this world.” I counsel you, “Release the weight of it,” it is already too heavy for you to carry. Let him who has an ear to hear, what the Spirit of the Lord is saying.”

DIVISION: The Bible says, “What leads to [the unending] quarrels and conflicts among you? Do they not come from your [hedonistic] desires that wage war in your [bodily] members [fighting for control over you]? You are jealous and covet [what others have] and your lust goes unfulfilled; so you murder. You are envious and cannot obtain [the object of your envy]; so you fight and battle. You do not have because you do not ask [it of God].” Read James 4:1-2 (AMP). Covetousness leads to division in families, homes, businesses, and ministries. James could not have put it more clearly, when he said, “quarrels and conflicts among you.” Husbands and wive’s conflicting and quarrelling amongst each other, ministers of the gospel quarrel over doctrines, and the list is endless. Beloved, wrong desires would lead to divisions; people are no longer united because everyone wants something different. Recall the Bible says, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Read Mark 3:27 (CEV). Watch this, you and I have been made whole, in other words, complete in Him, therefore, there is nothing else we should be desiring other than God. There are those who do not like the way they look, so they embark on surgical transformation – that is as far as I am prepared to go on this; the Bible calls it double-mindedness. God is certainly not the one who is double-minded, because the Bible says, “Then God looked over all that He had made, and it was excellent in every way.” Read Genesis 1:31 (TLB).

DEFILEMENT: This word means to “make common.” In other words, in opposition to something. Covetousness puts you in a place where you don’t value your uniqueness or originality, and this way of thinking is an affront to God. Why? You are saying, you can be better than what God made you to be, so you trash talk – by being critical of who God made you to be. You no longer see how beautiful or unique you are. I know this is radical, and I don’t intend on being offensive, but God is in the house, and He would heal you in Jesus Name. Let us stop defiling ourselves, Jesus says, “…we should not be wilfully stupid…” Let us act in wisdom, hence the Bible says, “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and He will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.” Read James 1:5 (NLT). So rather than defile yourself, defile the voice in your head telling you contrary words to what God has said about you. Talk to yourself the Bible says, “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.” Read Ephesians 5:19 (KJV). When you make melody in your heart to the Lord, I can guarantee what comes out would be edifying and pleasing to God.

DESTRUCTION: The ultimate effect of Covetousness is to destroy Gods plan and purpose for you. “But people who long to be rich soon begin to do all kinds of wrong things to get money, things that hurt them and make them evil-minded and finally send them to hell itself.” Read 1 Timothy 6:9 (TLB). One is never satisfied or Content. But I want you to remember this verse of scripture, your victory has already been assured. Really? Yeah! “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.” The key word here is “ALWAYS,” and always means always. In others words, you win all the time, every time, and every where. Your location, colour of your skin, ethnic affiliation, is immaterial to the victory already secured in Christ Jesus. Selah (pause and calmly think).

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