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Do Not Covet

Posted by Job on March 2, 2007

Isaiah 54:1 – Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD.

A lot of times, we fall into the trap of considering what we do not have. Many times it is a trick of Satan, other times it is the lack of something that is near and dear to our own hearts. It is very easy to fall into the sin of coveting as a result. It can also drive us to ask things of God that are not His Will, and go after false doctrines trying to get them. And it can even cause us to lose our faith, falsely accuse God, and turn away from Him. Such things certainly are not what God wants, and it should not be what we should want.   I Corinthians 10:13 says: “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” So, God is not withholding something from you that you need; but rather giving you something else that He would rather have you do. Instead of being heartbroken over something that God has not seen fit to give you, dedicate yourself happily to whatever God has already placed to your charge. Remember the parable where the ruler gave one man five talents, another man two, and another one each according to his ability? Had the man who received two talents coveted what was given to the one who had five, then he would have never been able to multiply that which had been given to him, and he would have received the same fate as the one who hid his talents in the sand: being cast into the outer darkness (which means outside the kingdom of Heaven and eventually eternal destruction in the lake of fire). We do not want that to be us! So how appropriate it was that the prophet Isaiah chose to use the example of the barren woman. Please recall that in the time, place, and culture that Isaiah lived, women had very little self – determination and very few rights. Their value to society – and often even to their own family members, not only husbands but brothers and fathers – was in their ability to have children, especially sons. That was why when God saw that Jacob was mistreating Leah (in a fashion that God later forbad when He gave
Israel the law), he closed Rachel’s womb and blessed Leah to have children. A woman who had male children would be conferred status, privilege, and economic rights through her sons in society and in her own house, but the woman who had no children would be little more than a servant to her closest male relative (husband, father, brother, etc.). The plight of a barren woman was so bad in worldly terms that a woman would even have her beloved husband to have intercourse with another women (her servant) so that she could gain economic rights and social status through the child of a servant that she could claim as her own. When Rachel saw herself experiencing some of what Leah went through after Leah had children but she did not, she quickly gave Jacob HER servant to try to regain her place. And of course, we remember the disastrous decision of Sarai (Sarah) to give Abram (Abraham) Hagar to have a child by. But as Isaiah stated in the verse above, we are not to be governed by the wicked temporary standards of the world, but by the righteous standards of God! An example of this is that the world has gotten so wicked these days that in many communities, in some high, junior high, or even middle schools, every teen or preteen girl has a baby (out of wedlock of course, and some fathered by grown men who are nothing more than child molesters who belong in jail). And almost every corresponding boy in that school has fathered a child as well. So there is actually peer pressure on these kids to go out, become sexually active, and have children just as they do. Of course, God does not want us to be conformed to the worldly pressure to sin like that.

 So, instead of focusing on what we want from God, let us be concerned about what God wants from us. Yes, the Bible tells us that Abraham believed God concerning Isaac, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. But NOWHERE does it say that Abraham asked God for a child! Rather, God CAME TO ABRAHAM AND TOLD HIM THAT HE WOULD HAVE A CHILD! Big difference, right? So, we have to have the faith of Abraham, not desiring things of God from our own imaginations, but claiming the things which God puts into OUR imagination. How do we know what God has for us and what He does not have for us? Well, that is why everyone must pray, and do so earnestly, honestly, and without ceasing. Not only because just as we are to not go coveting things that God does not have for us, we are also not to sit back and accept Satan, the liar, deceiver, and accuser, blocking the things that God DOES have for us. And that is one of the main reasons not to covet: we want some carrot that Satan is dangling in front of our nose, and we miss our opportunity to pray, speak the word of faith, and go into spiritual warfare over the big juicy steak that God has put on our plate! Often times, we just have to go from the bedroom to the dining room to get our steak, but Satan has our minds so bound by the carrot that we are unable to even get out of bed!  So please, refer to our section on prayer help so that you can get to the point where you will know God’s plan for you by praying.  One thing that should help: forget about yesterday or tomorrow, and concentrate on what God has you doing today.  So please, do not covet. Instead, accept what God has in store for you today.

Father God YHVH, in the Name of Jesus Christ, may Your people not covet, but instead seek and receive that which You have given them. In the Name of Yeshua HaMashiach, Amen.   Deliverance:The demon that works in this area is coveting. Please read the Basic Spiritual Warfare guide to learn more about how to go against these demons to help set captives free and win battles in the name of your God through the power, authority, and victory given to you by his Son Jesus Christ and by his blood shed for you! 

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