Sunday, 16 March 2014

BEWARE OF COVETOUSNESS - 16/03/2014

BEWARE OF COVETOUSNESS - 16/03/2014

Yesterday’s message was titled “DELIVERANCE: DIVINE ASSURANCE”. Today’s message is titled “BEWARE OF COVETOUSNESSas provided by Pastor E. A. Adeboye in Open Heavens Devotional (Adeboye, 2014). In today’s message, we have been asked to memorise Luke12:15 "And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man;s life consisted not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth." and read  Luke 12:13-15. Our Bible in one year for today has been taken from Lamentations 1-2 and Psalm 63 (Adeboye, 2014).

The message is quoted below. God bless you for your contribution

"one of the challenges of the 21“ century world  and the Church in particular is covetousness.  Worldliness is now the greatest foe of the Church and it seems leaders are becoming helpless in  this regard. The amazing thing is that this seemingly helpless situation had been spo en of b the Lord of t e Church - Jesus Christ, and by His early apostles. It is therefore incorrect to think that the present situation is irredeemable. Jesus warned us against covetousness in Luke 12:13-15. It is surprising to hear Jesus indirectly telling His audience that the man who came to complain about his brother's overbearing attitude was covetous. Not many people will understand this except by divine revelation. In other words, it appears in this passage that the complainant was asking for too much! It takes covetousness to ask for too much. The vanity in being covetous is that the life of a man is neither made more meaningful nor pleasant by the abundance of his material possessions. The Bible in Ecclesiastes 5:10-11   says: 
”He that Loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor be that Loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity. When goods increase, they are increased that eat them: and what good is there to the owners thereof, saving the beholding of them with their eyes .?”

Apostle Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, wrote to warn us against the menace of worldliness and covetousness. He encouraged us to embrace godliness with contentment which, he said, is great gain. He further wrote in 1 Timothy 6:9 that: 
”But they that will be rich fall in to temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.”
Beloved, how far have you been dragged into the world? How far has the world been dragged into you? Those things that did not matter to you years back, are they not what you are running after now? Remember that the rich people of yesterday ran into the Church before they could have peace and satisfaction. They envied believers and came to share in our heritage. Good for them, but bad for those of us who have thrown away the peace and joy that money cannot buy for the vanity of this world."

Today's action point is to Check your life to find out whether the trio of lusts - the lust of the flesh, of 
the eye and the pride of life are present. Determine to mortify them for everlasting joy and peace.

I aplogise for the delay in today's posting. This is due to unexpected error in my network. 
Hope you had a nice time in God's presence today

Reference:
Adeboye, E. A. (2014) Open Heavens: A Guide to Close Fellowship with God, Volume 14, 2014. Nigeria: Open Heavens Media Limited.