Today I begin my daily brainstorm blog thingy to expand my ideas for preaching purposes. This is going to be a great way for me to learn more about the bible. I just love learning the mysteries of the Lord through the Holy Spirit.
To remain authentic, I must always remember that I am merely a sinful human. I am no different than any other person in this world. I am no better than any other man that walks this earth. Whatever I know has simply been given to me by the Lord above. My grammar stinks but I am more than certain that whoever is reading will get the point.
I noticed that I barely hear any sermons on this weird looking word. It’s one of the Ten Commandments right? Covet? Thou shalt not covet?
You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
— Exodus 20:17 (NIV)
It pretty much means not to desire someone else’s stuff and plot to take it away. I guess that also includes non-tangible things like a smaller waist or longer hair.
Let me modernize that verse.
Don’t get jealous of your friends crib. Don’t thirst over your friend’s wife or, his female family members, or his Lamborghini or Ferrari, or anything that belongs to him.
This word “covet” is very personal to me. I once desired something that didn’t belong to me, in fact, I already had my own. I plotted to obtain what didn’t belong to me and it lead to destruction. If you find yourself being sneaky to get something that doesn’t belong to you, it’s wrong. Stop and think, “Will the Lord bless me with this?”
I have also experienced being plotted against. Someone wanted something that belonged to me. This person was sniffing out the perfect time to snatch away and…SNATCH! The good thing is that it didn’t prosper. I eventually got it back.
I have experienced coveting over someone’s talents. I felt the need to be better and more glorious. It took over my mind and spare time. I was too busy finding ways to exalt myself and before I knew it, I forgot the purpose of my talent.
I also experienced someone who coveted over my talents. Again, SNATCH!
Coveting is the root of sins that are more consequential. For example, you covet over someone’s car and the thought became an action. You take it upon yourself to snatch it away and now there are bigger consequences. Broken law #10 becomes broken law #8 (thou shalt not steal).
Low self-esteem is the result of covetousness. As women, we see other females who look better, or wear better shoes, or rock expensive watches. The Lord warns us not to covet over these things because it can consume us. We become depressed because we just can’t lose that much weight. We begin to over spend because we want that MC watch.
First things first, we must recognize that wanting what someone else has is a sin and give it to God in prayer.
Ask God what He wants you to have, or what He thinks about you. The answer is written in the bible or just google it. Seriously I do it all the time. You can find helpful verses or even blogs about the thing.
Work on it daily because the urges or thoughts don’t go away in one day. When God sees your efforts, He will complete the rest.
The purpose of recognizing our issues with coveting is to “nip it in the bud” or to prevent worse things happening to us.
Last but not least, stop trying to make people covet over the things YOU have.