THOU SHALT NOT COVET THEY NEIGHBOUR’S HOUSE…NOR ANY THING THAT IS THY NEIGHBOUR’S!
God Values Humility, Contentment, and Peace!
- Be content with what we have!
- Don’t long for things that belong to others.
- Avoid the pursuit of happiness and joy through the accumulation of material wealth, possessions, someone else’s spouse, and other’s friends.
- Don’t allow earthly things to fill a void that only God can fill.
- Ask God to provide what we need.
- God promises that He will take care of our needs if we seek Him first and not money, popularity or possessions!
Covetousness (In our Human Nature)!
Jeremiah 6:13; 8:10; Isaiah 56:11; Micah 7:3
Examples from the Bible:
1 Samuel 18:6-9: King Saul was jealous of David’s success, coveted the respect and praise David received! (Jealous)
2 Samuel 11:1-27: David coveted his neighbour’s Uriah’s wife Bathsheba and committed adultery! (Lust)
1 Timothy 6:6-10 Paul teaches us “Money is the root of all evil” Hebrews 13:5; Mark 10:17-23 (Greed)
1 John 2:15-17
- Advertisers/Marketers feed on discontentment in human nature and promise fulfillment if they buy their products. In their purchase they will have friends, beautiful partners and an enjoyable life. They feed on the human nature of dissatisfaction!
What is your most valuable possession? (The Word of God) The Word is in your heart and in your mind! 1Peter 1:23,25
How do we avoid the feelings of covetousness?
1 John 4:21: Love God and love your neighbour:
Matthew 4:10: Service to the Living God!
Motivation: Feel Secure in God’s Gifts to You; Trust God to Provide for You; Dependence on God’s Love!
Who were the Samaritans?
- John 4:9: Colonists who the King of Assyria sent to inhabit the land of Israel after their captivity and hence were despised by the Jews.
What would Jesus do?
Do you have a servants heart?….if you step into the opportunity you do. What gets revealed is showing a loving heart:
What is the difference between responsibility or opportunity to our Lord?
Doing a responsibility is doing just what is asked, an opportunity is grasping an activity
to help or to serve!
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