This is the message I preached at the First Baptist Church in Clearlake, CA this last Sunday.
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The Lord Is Your Companion
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have; for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. – Hebrews 13:5 (KJV)
It is interesting that when the Lord is giving us the promise that He would continue to be our constant companion, He also wants us to be content with what he brings into our lives. Is He saying that we should be content with what we have because in all of it He is walking with us and will guide us?
The instruction, “Let your conversation be without covetousness,” is talking about our attitude toward others and about things. We should be content with the things God brings into our lives and not to desire the blessings of others.
Covetousness comes to us from the original sin in the garden. When Eve saw that the fruit of the tree was desirable, she desired it. It was forbidden, but that didn’t stop her. The result is that the basic human nature which desires what it should not have and is not content with what it does have was born into the human race.
God is very capable of being all that we need, and he has promised to stay with us through all of life’s struggles. But the question becomes, do we trust him to do what he has promised? If you find yourself being a bit jealous of what others have, either in things or position, then it just may be that the root of that jealousy is a lack of trust in God to provide his best for you.
Prayer: Lord, I ask you today to grant me the grace of trusting you to be my constant companion and to accept what you bring into my life as your way of working your divine purpose in me. In Jesus name. Amen.
Message: The instruction, “Let your conversation be without covetousness,” is talking about our attitude toward others and about things. We should be content with the things God brings into our lives and not to desire the blessings of others.
Affirmation: I know that my Lord will never leave me nor forsake me, therefore, I am content with what he gives me.
Reflection: What are some conversations that you can imagine which would indicate being covetous of others? What would you consider to be the root of coveteousness?
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