Warnings Against Covetousness Daily Devotion

Scripture: I Tim. 6:6-12

1. Covetousness Never Brings Satisfaction

Ecclesiastes 5.11" rel="nofollow">Ecclesiastes 5:11, “He who loves money will not be satisfied with money; nor he who loves wealth, with gain: this also is vanity.”

This is God”s word on money: it does not satisfy those who love it. If we believe him, we will turn away from the love of money. It”s a dead end street.

Jesus put it like this in Luke 12.15" rel="nofollow">Luke 12:15, “Beware of all covetousness; for a man”s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” If the Word of the Lord needed confirming, there are enough miserable rich people in the world to prove that satisfied life does not come from having things.

2. Covetousness Chokes Off Spiritual Life

Jesus told the parable of the soils (Mark 4.1-20" rel="nofollow">Mark 4:1-20) and said that some seed fell on among thorns and the thorns grew up and choked it.

Then he interpreted the parable and said that the seed is the Word of God. The seed sown among thorns is interpreted like this: “the cares of the world, and the delight in riches, and the desire for other things, enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.”

A real battle rages when the Word of God is preached. The desire Svenska spelautomater , i likhet med andra spelautomater , bygger pa slumpen och darfor finns ingen speciell strategi vid slotsspel. for other things can be so strong that the beginnings of spiritual life can be choked out altogether. This is such a frightful warning that we should all be on our guard every time we hear the Word to receive it with faith and not choke it with covetousness.

3. Covetousness Gives Rise to Many Other Sins

1 Timothy 6.10" rel="nofollow">1 Timothy 6:10 says, “The love of money is the root of all evils.” And James 4.2" rel="nofollow">James 4:2 says, “You covet and cannot obtain so you fight and wage war.”

Covetousness is a breeding ground for a thousand other sins. And that heightens the warning to flee from it and fight it with all our might.

4. Covetousness Lets You Down When You Need Help Most

It lets you down in the hour of death. 1 Timothy 6.7" rel="nofollow">1 Timothy 6:7 says, “We brought nothing into the world and we cannot take anything out of the world.” At the greatest crisis of your life, when you need contentment and hope and security more than any other time, your money and all your possessions take wings and fly away. They let you down. They are fair weather friends at best. And you enter eternity with nothing but the measure of contentment that you had in God.

If you dropped dead right now, would you take with you a payload of pleasure in God or would you stand before him with a spiritual cavity where covetousness used to be? Covetousness lets you down just when you need help most.

John Piper

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