May 29, 2005 – My notes from then Senior Pastor for Victory Quezon City, Manny Carlos’ preaching on a Sunday service there back at the University of the Philippine’s Film Institute Center.
“You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife. You shall not set your desire on your neighbor’s house or land, his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
Obedience to God’s commands depends on the condition of your heart. Your heart is not just a muscle but it’s your “inner man.”
To covet is to have uncontrolled or mis-directed desire to acquire.
Signs of Covetousness
“Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless. As goods increase, so do those who consume them. And what benefit are they to the owners except to feast their eyes on them? The sleep of a laborer is sweet, whether they eat little or much, but as for the rich, their abundance permits them no sleep.”
King Solomon started with a good relationship with God.
Cure to Covetousness: Contentment
1.) Refrain from comparing yourself to others (See 2 Corinthians 10:12-13).
2.) Rejoice with what you have (1 Timothy 6:6-10). Gratitude is a sign of contentment.
3.) Release what you have to others (1 Timothy 6:17-19). Generosity is the fruit of contentment.
4.) Re-focus on what will last (Matthew 6:28-34). No matter what difficulty you have, it will come to pass. You will overcome by God’s grace!
“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
“It’s your relationship with Christ that makes you overcome everything. If you have JESUS, you’ve got everything!”
-Bishop Manny Carlos