Covetousness begins with craving, then evolves into conniving to get what you want. Achan, Ahab, Ananias and Sapphira were willing to steal, lie and kill to get what they wanted. “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’” This Scripture means that what you have in Christ is greater than whatever else you don’t have! Covetousness is: (1) Wanting status but not wanting to serve; wanting control so that you can be at the center; wanting wealth strictly for yourself; wanting praise from others. (2) Wanting the right things but for the wrong reasons. “If a man desires the position of a bishop, he desires a good work” (1Ti 3:1 NKJV). Wanting to make an impact is a good thing, but you must want it for the right reasons. If you want it for personal recognition and power over others, that’s covetousness. (3) Wanting the right things but at the wrong time. A young couple says, “We love each other. We’re going to get married in three months. But we want to sleep together now.” They want the right thing for the right reason, but they want it at the wrong time. That’s covetousness. (4) Wanting the right things but in the wrong amount. Covetousness is wanting more than is required for your needs, and to fulfill God’s purpose for your life. Understand this: more of anything other than God will never satisfy the longing for fulfillment He’s placed within you. Only when you acknowledge that, will you find true and lasting happiness.
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