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Covetousness

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Sermon shared by Jimmy Chapman

January 2010
Summary: The obvious sins of our hands we abhor, yet allow the obscure sins of our hearts. It is the obscure (hidden…internal sins of the heart) that I want to deal with the next several weeks. Most of us will not be overtaken by the deeds of our flesh, but
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Audience: General adults
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of the worst sins because it spawns so many others.
Let us look at this unlawful desire for that which is not rightfully ours. We COVET when we set our hearts upon something, which belongs to another and wish we had it instead of them.
I. The PROBLEM OF COVETOUSNESS

Covetousness is a real problem in our society today. The Bible even declares that in the last days that perilous times would come and one of the sins of the last days was covetousness.

Covetousness is a major problem in our churches today, and it is a real problem among Christians today, and probably all of us are more guilty of it than we even realize.

Where does covetousness spring from? Where are the roots from which it grows from? Where does it begin or arise from?
A. It arises from Selfish Motivation
Mark 7:21 states, "From within, out of the heart of them proceed ... covetousness."
Covetousness comes from a heart that is selfishly motivated instead of being spiritually motivated. "The heart of the human problem is the problem of the human heart." Man is self-centered. Man is seeking to satisfy himself.
The cause of covetousness is a selfish heart and this in turn leads to a selfish motivation.
B. It arises from Spiritual Misunderstanding

Luke 12:15 states, "Take heed and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth."
Jesus follows these words with a parable. The man in the parable was a materialist.
He knew how to make a living, but he did not know how to make a life! He did not own possessions - they owned him!
A covetousness person is so taken up with this life that he loses sight of the eternal life.
Look at Ecclesiastes 5:10.
II. The POWER WITHIN COVETOUSNESS
Covetousness is a very powerful thing.
A. It has power to DECEIVE Us.
We can be so misled that we do not even recognize when we are committing this sin. Covetousness is very deceitful.
In all my years of ministry, I have never had anyone confess to me the sin of covetousness. I have never had anyone own up to the sin of covetousness.
In 1 Thessalonians 2:5 Paul talks about a cloak of covetousness. Covetousness is something no one things he has. We think the other person has it but not us.
B. It has power to DOMINATE Us.
1 Timothy 6:9 states, "The love of money is the root of all evil." Covetousness can cause a man to break all the other commandments. It is the mother of all sins.
If allowed covetousness to go unchecked, it will soon master us. We fall prey to its force and seem to have little power to overcome it.
C. It has power to DESTORY us.
Let me remind you of some from the Scriptures that covetousness destroyed better men than you and I.
1. Achan’s covetousness led to theft and disobedience and ultimately the death of he and his family.
2. David’s covetousness led to adultery and to murder.
3. Ahab’s covetousness led to the murder of Naboth.
4. Ananias and Sapphria covetousness lead to lying to Holy Ghost and ultimately instant death.
III. The PERSCRIPTION FOR COVETOUSNESS
The Bible not only condemns covetousness but it also offers the best cure for those who have been poisoned by it.
See Hebrews 13:5. Contentment is the solution to covetousness.
A college professor once asked , :who is the
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