Exodus 20:17 Do Not Covet

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“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” Exodus 20:17

One of the most common sins, is greed, or wanting what someone else has. This has been the case since the beginning of mankind with Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden and the fall of Satan from heaven. Satan coveted what God had and so worked to deceive Adam and Even. Who, then, coveted what God had and disobeyed God in order to attempt to get it.

The economy of many nations revolves around coveting things. Advertisements are made to make it look like everyone has an item and everyone who does not have that item must get it, because it is the best thing on the earth. People are made to look like they don’t have it all if they don’t have what their neighbor has.

People desire to look just like their neighbor, so that they do not look so bad. If they are not driving the same style or better car, or have the same size house or bigger, then they are not worth anything.

They also want to look just like other people. They desire to have the same body look as some famous person. They are coveting what God has given or allowed someone else to have.

Coveting creates unhealthy desire and discontent for what one does not have. It creates disappointment in God, because He has not blessed the person with some item. It removes trust in God for what He has already given. It creates enmity with the neighbor, because of the desire to have something one cannot have.

There have been many believers who have fallen into this trap of coveting something. Even in the ministry, leaders covet the ministry or size of ministry someone else has.

Take a close look at your own life and see if you may be coveting what someone else has. You may not be acting upon the desire, but in your heart you are jealous of the other person and covet what he has.

Turn to God and trust what He thinks is best for you. Be joyful with what He has given you already. Don’t covet what your neighbor has been blessed with.

How content are you with what God has blessed you with?

I pray today that you will realize what God has already given you; that you will be content with what God has blessed you with; that God will help you not covet other people’s things; and that you will rejoice with others in what God has blessed them with.


Isaiah 66:1-2 Where To Build God’s House?

This is what the LORD says: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Where is the house you will build for me? Where will my resting place be? Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the LORD. Isaiah 66:1

There are times that it is difficult to purchase a person a birthday gift. They seem to have everything that they could possibly want. Looking at wealthy people, this even seems more so. Getting a gift for someone who has all they desire can be quite a challenge. A lot of it will depend upon the heart of the person. What does a person get the person who has everything that they want?

Most people do not have the problem of having so much that there is nothing left to possibly want. Nearly every person can think of several things that they desire. Most of those things will most likely be physical things, while some will also be non-physical things, such as peace, joy, happiness, or health.

One thing that many people will like, but not necessarily ask for is something hand-made or time with that person. This shows something that was made and given from the heart.

God is the one who has made the heavens and the earth. Since He has made everything that exists, He also owns it. Now God is looking for something. He is looking for a place to rest. This shows His heart’s real desire.

As a human being, you may wonder what can you give God, since He owns it all already. God created you to have fellowship with you. He wants to sit down and rest with you. Even though God made everything there is, He wants a place to rest and be still.

The place He desires is in you. It is in your heart and life. God wants to spend time with you. Of all the things that you can give God, this is the only one that God does not already have. God made your heart, but gave it to you. Now it is your turn to give it back to Him.

Allow God to make your heart His temple. This will be the best house and gift God can ever have.

Will you build a house for God today?

I pray today that you will dedicate your heart to God; that God will find a place to rest in your life; that your heart will be a welcome spot for God to live; and that you will know God’s presence in your life.

Psalm 42:1-2 What Are You Thirsty For?

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. Where can I go and meet with God? Psalm 42:1-2

Anyone who has been in a desert climate for more than a few days, understands the value of water. This is especially true during the summer months. Go to the desert areas of southwestern Texas during the summer months, and the temperature will be over 100 degrees. There is usually no water to be seen for many miles.

The one in the desert will get extremely thirsty for something to drink. The mouth will be dry, and the tongue will stick to the top of the mouth. He will want something to drink and it does not matter. The endless list of possible drinks that are seen in a store will no longer matter, just something wet to drink.

When one has had lots to drink, it is easy to be picky about what to drink. In the restaurant, there are many choices, and one can be choosy then. However, in the desert, there is no time to be choosy or picky.

In life, there are many things to drink from. The world will tell you that you can drink from their celebrity status, or wealth, or fun things and will be satisfied. Think of every time you drink your favorite drink at a restaurant, how long does it quench your thirst? Only for a very short amount of time.

The only thing or one that can truly satisfy your thirst in this life, is Jesus. Jesus said that whoever drinks His water will never thirst again.

As a believer, you should be panting after God. Your mind should be focused on getting more of God. Just as the deer pants and longs for more water to drink. And as the person in the desert is panting some liquid to drink, you must be thirsty for more of God.

Make it your focus in life to drink of God. Take in what He has for you. Learn more of who He is. Desire to spend all your time with God. God will satisfy your greatest longings and desires, if you will let Him.

I pray today that you will thirst after God; that you will want God alone; that you will allow God to be your heart’s desire; and that you will know God in a personal way.

Psalm 40:8 What Is Your Desire?

I desire to do your will, my God; your law is within my heart. Psalm 40:8

Every person has desires of some type. The desires of most people change over time. As a young child, the desire is usually for some toy that has been advertised or a friend has that looks like the greatest thing on earth.

As a teen-ager, the desire is for a boyfriend or girlfriend, or to be able to drive on their own with their own car.

As a young adult, the desire is to finish college, get a great paying job, and maybe a family.

As a middle-aged person, the desire is to get out of debt, hope for retirement, and spend more time with the family.

As a senior citizen, the desire is to have better health, and spend more time with family.

Although these are not locked in stone desires, most people have a similar pattern in their desires over the time of their life. There is nothing directly wrong with these desires in and of themselves, unless they are not within God’s desires for one’s life.

One desire that most people do not have, is the desire to do God’s will. The majority of the world does not even accept the belief in God, so they will not desire to do His will.

Along with that, many in the church, really do not desire to do God’s will for their lives. Take a look at your own life.

How much do you desire to memorize God’s Word? His law is to be in your heart.

How often do you directly witness to a person about Jesus? You are supposed to go and make disciples.

How often do you forgive those who do wrong to you?

How often do you pray for those who do wrong to you?

How often do you spend time talking and listening to God?

How often do you give offerings to God?

How often do you meet the needs of others, when you have the ability to do so?
Each of these things and many other things are the will of God. Read the Bible and see how many things there are that God desires for us to do. Seek God and find out what He wants you to do today, and then, do it.

Is it your desire to do His will?

I pray today that you will know what God wants you to do; that you will bend your will and desires to God’s will and desires; that it will be your heart’s desire to please God; and that God will be pleased with your heart and actions.

1 Timothy 2:3-4 What God Wants

“This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:3-4

Paul is stating that something is good. What is this good thing? It is the praying for everyone and giving thanks for everyone for the purpose of leading peaceful and godly lives. This type of living pleases God.

Why does this please God? It pleases Him because He wants everyone to be saved. He wants people to know the truth. Knowing the truth will set a person free. Remember that Jesus is the truth. If a person knows Jesus, he can be set free.

In order for a person to be saved, he must know the truth–Jesus. He must know that he is lost and dying, on a path of destruction. He must know that Jesus can change all of that.

The only way a person can know about Jesus is seeing Jesus in someone else and another person telling him about Jesus. Someone has to be a witness to who Jesus is and what He can do.

This is where living a godly, holy life comes into the picture. Living a godly life is living your life-like God. Acting, thinking, and speaking just like God would.

As Jesus walked on this earth, He walked the perfect godly, holy life. People would come to Him because they could see that He was somebody different. Jesus was somebody who portrayed who God is. He was willing to tell the people the truth. His truth was given to set people free from their bondage to sin and death.

Jesus did not live this way for a popularity contest. It was not to just look and sound good. It was to love God with all of His heart, soul, mind, and body, and to do what God wants Him to do. His whole purpose was to bring salvation to the people.

How are you living your life today? Are you loving God with all that is in you? Are you striving to fulfill His purpose, to bring many to salvation?

Every person around you needs to know Jesus. Live your life-like Jesus as an example and tell them about Jesus today.

I pray today that God will strengthen you to live a godly, holy life; that you will change your ways to live for God; that you will live to please God; and that God will draw many to Jesus through you.

Romans 12:2 Knowing God’s Will

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2

Many believers want to know what God’s will is for their lives. They will go to the pastor asking for guidance in this area or read many books on how to know God’s will. Paul puts it very simply–do not be like the world and transform your mind.

It is seen all over the country how many churches are becoming more and more like the world. They change their witnessing tactics to be just like the world. They offer all types of things or services to draw people into the church and “trick” them into hearing the gospel message. While doing this they don’t really preach the gospel message, it is watered-down to please the people. The world likes to do all of these things. Doing these things is knowing the will of the people, not the will of God.

As believers do these things, they get confused as to why they cannot hear God or really know what His will is.

When a person becomes a believer he is supposed to die to his old self and old ways and come to life in Jesus. With this new life, there should be a change in the mind. The change is in how you think and what you think.

The old person thinks about how to build up self and please self. The new person in Jesus thinks about how to build up others and please God.

What are you thinking about today? Are you thinking about yourself and what you can do and accomplish for yourself? Or are you thinking about what God can do in and through you?

Focus on what God wants in your life. Change your mindset to focus on God. Let go and be led by His Holy Spirit in every area of your life.

As you do this you will learn and know what God’s will is for your life. In the end you will see that His will is always good and pleasing. It is these things because it is also perfect.

I pray today that you will allow God to change your thinking; that you will think about the things of God; that you will not conform to the pattern of this world; and that you will know and follow God’s perfect will for your life.

John 18:11 Accept What is Given

“Jesus commanded Peter, Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?” John 18:11

Jesus and the disciples were in a garden and had just been doing some praying. Judas and some soldiers came up to arrest Jesus. Peter grabs his sword and fights back cutting the ear of one person. Jesus quickly rebukes Peter and states that He must drink this cup because it is given by the Father.

Peter was doing what was normal. He was defending his leader. Jesus, in his eyes, was to be the king and He had done nothing wrong. It was within his legal rights to fight back.

Yet, Jesus stops Peter from doing this. In another gospel, it is recorded that Jesus told the disciples to pray to not fall into temptation. Here might have been one of those temptations. Peter was tempted to fight back and not do God’s will.

Jesus had to be arrested and killed. It was all a part of the Father’s plan to save the world.

In life today, there are times things may come up that you want to fight back on. You may have a legal right to fight back. Now, today, fighting back rarely allows for physical violence as Peter did. It usually will allow for taking a person to court or some other method of getting back at them for the wrong done.

Before you fight back, pray about it. Find out if what is happening is a part of God’s plan for your life. There may be a reason you have to go through the problem of being wronged. God may want you to drink that cup of pain and suffering.

The reason for it may be to build you more like Jesus. Or it may be, like with Jesus, to help someone else out become more like Jesus.

Are you willing to accept everything that God gives you? It is easy to accept the good, but what about the painful, hard stuff? Find out what God’s desire is, and follow it. Trust that He knows what is best for you.

I pray today that you will know the will of God in your life; that you will trust the leading of God; that you will accept everything God gives you; that you will not fall into temptation to fight back when it is not God’s desire; and that God will make you more like Jesus everyday.