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Daily Living – Episode 72 – Ken Smith

Daily Living – Episode 72 – Ken Smith

Enemies of the Heart- Greed

AUTHOR: PASTOR KEN SMITH

Read James 4:1-3

What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you 2 You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.

The dictionary commonly defines greed as a selfish, insatiable, excessive desire for more. The words greed and covetousness are often used together. They do have different meanings, but they are two sides of the same sin. Greed is the desire for just a little bit more and what one has is never enough, covetousness is defined as an inordinate desire for the possessions of another person. James refers to greedy passions and covetous lustful desires that led to quarrels fights and even murder!

I have observed within my own heart that those “fights among us” most often begin from “within us.” If we go to the place where human greed began, we can learn from what went wrong and through the redemptive power of Jesus we can be more than overcomers when tempted by greed.

Read in Genesis 3:1-6 the encounter in the Garden of Eden between the Serpent/Satan and Eve. The seeds for greed and covetousness begin with discontentment. Believing that what I have isn’t enough.

God supplied Adam and Eve all they needed to have a full rich prosperous fulfilling eternal life! Yet, the devil convinced them that they needed just a little bit more. Greed…they wanted more. Covetousness…. they wanted what God had.

Some things we can learn from this encounter about greed and covetousness. Let me give you some essentials to combat the greedy and covetous temptations you most likely experience.

1. Trust God and know His Word
2. Believe that God does provide and He will supply our EVERY need
3. Recognize Truth from a lie
4. Be content
5. Focus on what we have rather than what we lack
6. Have the attitude of a steward vs one of ownership
7. A life of giving and generosity is the prescription for overcoming greed and covetousness

You are no fool if you give what you cannot keep (earthly possessions) and gain that what you cannot lose your (eternal souls)