Friday, December 9, 2022

Beware of covetousness 2

Broadcast 3511

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Hebrews 13:5-6 (KJV) Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

One of the reasons Gerald grew so rapidly in his walk with the Lord was that pleasing God was always paramount in his decision-making process. There was a time he had the opportunity to make a lot of money through a particular kind of business speculation, but his biggest concern was not that the business could make money, it was knowing if such a business pleases the Lord. When he discovered that the Lord might not be pleased with such a move, he abandoned it completely. Many of his "Christian brethren" rebuked and called him names, but he knew they didn't care about displeasing the Lord if a lot of money was to be made. He, however, grew in authority and power when they were still at the mercy of elemental spirits.

Colossians 3:5 reveals that covetousness [in the heart of a believer] is idolatry. Covetousness or greed in the heart of a believer is idolatry because covetousness means the love of money. When a person loves money, he will serve money rather than God. Money can easily take the place of God in a man's life. That's why the love of money is idolatry.

The Lord Jesus says this:
Matthew 6:24 (NET) “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

Unlike the old Testament saints, it is very difficult for a new testament believer to be lured into the idolatry of pagan worship, but the same old temptation of idolatry remains today, the idol is mammon.

We know the way God felt when His people went into idolatry in the Old Testament(that was their major stumbling block). Many of them attempted to combine idol worship with the worship of God, but we know how that worked out— disaster.

God(who never changes) still feels the same way about idol worship today, whether it is the worship of pagan gods or the worship of mammon.

Go into today remembering that one of the most subtle entanglements against your spiritual progress is the idolatry called the love of money. Determine to love God practically by making pleasing God the major deciding factor in your life choices. The desire to get more money would be the most common rival.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

Bible in 1 Year: Deuteronomy 10-12 (in today's audio)

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