How to Overcome Temptation, Part 25 (Onward Christian Soldiers #148)
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 25”
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 four verses on this topic. Today, we delve more deeply into one of the passages that we looked at previously and see what more 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.)
1 Timothy 6:3-11:
1 Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed.
2 And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort.
3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.
7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
Fisher’s Catechism states, “The only sovereign remedy for covetousness is to give Christ the pre-eminence in our hearts; for then we shall undervalue all temporal things in comparison of Him.”
During our last lesson, we looked at three of the negative results of those who are covetous or greedy. They fall into temptations, they fall into snares, and they fall into foolish and hurtful lusts. But Paul does not stop there. He goes on to say that those who have an inordinate desire to be wealthy “drown in destruction and perdition.”
The Greek word that Paul uses for “destruction” speaks of “the destruction of the flesh, and of external ills and troubles.” How many people have driven themselves into sick beds, and even to death, because they stressed themselves out in pursuit of money and material things. Many people overwork themselves unnecessarily because they are trying to keep up a certain lifestyle or because they are trying to get enough money to buy something to impress other people. And they wonder why they have so many health problems. Their body is being destroyed as a result of greed and covetousness.
While “destruction” speaks of the danger imposed on the body, “perdition” speaks of the danger imposed on the soul. The word means “perishing, utter destruction, the destruction which consists of eternal misery in hell.” Judas is labeled in Scripture as a “son of perdition”; many believe that it was his greed that caused him to betray Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. The Antichrist is also referred to as a “son of perdition.” He, driven by Satan, will covet the power, authority, and worship that belong to God alone. Both Judas and the Antichrist end up in Hell.
It is hard to believe, but covetousness, greed, and the desire for wealth can prevent a person from receiving salvation through Jesus Christ. In Matthew 19:23, Jesus told His disciples, “Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven… It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” Jesus told a prominent rich man that in order to become one of His followers he would have to ‘sell all that he had and give it to the poor.’ He told him that he would be exchanging his earthly riches in order to have ‘treasure in Heaven.’ The Bible records that this young man ‘went away sorrowful because he had many riches’ and did not want to part from them.
That is why covetousness, greed, and the inordinate desire for wealth is so dangerous — because not only can it destroy a person’s body, but it can damn forever a person’s soul.
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!