How to Overcome Temptation, Part 20 (Onward Christian Soldiers #143)
Our key Bible verse is 1 Corinthians 10:13:
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.
Our lesson today is titled “How to Overcome Temptation, Part 20”
In this section of our Onward Christian Soldiers discipleship class, we are going to continue looking at specific temptations that are, as the Bible says, “common to man.” We are reviewing what the Bible says about these sins so we can be aware of its dangers and so that we can hide Scripture in our hearts to use when we are tempted.
The sin that we are going to continue looking at today is the sin of “covetousness”. We have already looked at three verses on this topic. Let’s look at another and see what it can tell us about fighting the temptation of covetousness or wickedly desiring what others have. (Remember, the text of this lesson is made available online after each class, so you can go to our website GLHOPI.com, click the “Onward Christian Soldiers” banner on the home page, and begin to learn these verses by heart throughout the week.)
Proverbs 15:27: “He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live.”
There is nothing wrong with a person being ambitious, driven, or successful. However, there is a point where healthy ambition crosses the line into selfish greed and covetousness. When someone begins to seek money for its own sake or material possessions for their own sake, they have crossed this line. Covetousness or greed often lead a person to make immoral or sinful decisions. The word “gifts” in this verse is better translated “bribes.” A person who is pursuing only his own gain is often tempted with bribes. Such a person brings trouble to his own family and household.
Matthew Henry wrote, “Those that are covetous entail trouble upon their families. Those who are slaves to the world rise up early, sit up late, and eat the bread of discontent, in pursuit of it. This verse speaks of he that hurries and puts himself and all about him under stress in business, frets and vexes at every loss and disappointment, and quarrels with everybody that stands in the way of his profit. He that, in his greediness of gain, takes bribes, and uses unlawful ways of getting money, leaves a curse with what he gets to those that come after him, which sooner or later will bring trouble into the house. He who hates bribes and abhors all sinful, indirect ways of getting money shall have the comfort of life, and shall live in a good reputation.”
In the end, the things we covet often come like beautiful serpents with poison in their fangs. We think we will enjoy them, but we soon find out that it does not pay to be greedy of gain.
If you struggle with covetousness, take this passage to heart and begin to use it the next time you face that temptation.
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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!