Topic: Home Breakers! (3)
I am sure that you have been enjoying peace and God’s blessings, after letting go of impatience, as taught last week. This week, I will be teaching on “Covetousness.”
Covetousness is a strong urge or desire to possess something that belongs to someone else. You see something on or with someone and you immediately start scheming and planning to have it. Discontentment is what usually drives people into covetousness. Many people are possession obsessed. They are never satisfied with what they have per time and nothing is ever enough. They always want more. Life means much more than the abundance of your possession. Luke 12:15 warns: Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.
Also, covetousness is a sin that has destroyed and destabilized many families and homes. It is a trap of the devil that always leads to dissatisfaction, anxiety and unholy comparison. People who are covetous are always anxious. Covetousness is the root cause of many evils in our society today. It could lead to adultery, theft, fraud, fornication and other evils. The Bible says: …But godliness with contentment is great gain… And having food and raiment, let us be therewith content (1Timothy 6:6-7).
Lusting after material things so much that it takes the place of God in you is covetousness that must be replaced with contentment. Anything that takes the place of God is idolatry. Be contented with what you have. Anything you do not have now, you do not need. My husband always says, “Life is in phases and men are in sizes.”
Also, you must learn to live your level per time. As a family, eat, drink, sleep and wear your size per time. Be assured of the fact that where you are today is the least place you will ever be. Your path is destined to shine brighter and brighter every passing day, until you get to God’s ultimate purpose for your life. The Bible says: But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day (Proverbs 4:18). If you are a child of God, your path will shine brighter.
Be excited about where you are now, your future is colourful and bright and you will get there. You don’t have to steal or cheat to have more, just be contented and accept your present position. Some single persons base their choice of life partner on the abundance of things the man has. They want a man with a big car, a high-paying job, a house, etc. Any marriage that is founded on material possessions is on a shaky foundation, and will soon fall apart. Don’t be blinded by material things. My husband and I had to start from the first rung of the ladder in marriage and ministry, many times eating beans and garri for supper, so that we wouldn’t need breakfast the next day. Some other times, we didn’t know where and when the next meal was coming from! But God has always been very faithful.
Furthermore, as a woman, do not compare your husband with your friend’s. Do not compare or nag your spouse for not possessing what your friend or your friend’s spouse has. Don’t push your spouse to do evil, just to please you! When the punishment for that evil comes upon your spouse, you will suffer it too since you are the one married to him. Covetousness walks with idolatry and pride. The ultimate end is destruction. God’s Word says: …But he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days (Proverbs 28:16). This means that covetousness can rob you of long life!
Let go of covetousness and embrace God’s Word in contentment; this is the cure for covetousness. To embrace God, you need to confess Jesus Christ as your Lord and personal Saviour. If you would like to embrace God and be born-again, please say this prayer: “Dear Lord Jesus, I come to You today acknowledging that I am a sinner who needs Your forgiveness. I believe You died for me and rose again on the third day. Forgive me my sins, wash me with Your Blood and write my name in the Lamb’s Book of life. Thank You Lord for saving me.”
Congratulations, you are now born-again! If you prayed this simple prayer of faith with me, you are now a child of God.He loves you and will never leave you. Read your Bible daily, obey God’s Word and seek Christian fellowship (John 14:21).
With this, you are guaranteed all-round rest and peace in Jesus’ Name! Call or write, and share your testimonies with me through [email protected], 07026385437 OR 08141320204.
For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building A Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).
Pastor Faith Oyedepo is the wife of Bishop David Oyedepo, the founder of the Living Faith Church Worldwide a.k.a. Winners’ Chapel, and Senior Pastor of Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, Nigeria.