Covetousness

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In Gen 3:3-5 the serpent created an unholy desire in Adam and Eve to have something that God didn’t give them. 

Ge 3:3-5 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’ ” “You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

This unholy desire is behind every sin, lust, and addiction.  It is called covetousness.  Covetousness is the biggest lie and deception of all time.  It fills us with a feeling that we have to have something, or we will die with out it, we can’t stop thinking about it until we get it, it's unfair or wrong that we don’t have it, we are incomplete if we don’t have it, or we can’t help it we have to have it.  Whether it is a lust to have somebody in adultery ( I can’t help my feelings I love her), or an addictive feeling, or the feeling you are being short changed and don’t have what everybody else has. It is all the unholy lustful desire of covetousness that is the power behind those feelings. 
   
But this is how we have been beguiled by the Devil.  Those driving feelings to have something are not really about the object of the desire.  It is the power and urging the Devil created by his unholy desire to break free from God.  This is so important to understand.  The covetousness desire we feel towards things we don’t have or desire, really are not about that object; but is a power to break free from God.   Again, we think what we feel is for something we don ‘t have, but what we feel is a lie.  It is not about what we don’t have, it is misunderstood in our mind as that; it is a desire we give ourselves over to and are consumed with that wants to break free from God.  It is a desire that wants what is beyond and outside of God and what He has given us. 

Ro 6:20-23 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. But then what benefit (return) did you get from the things of which you are now ashamed? [None] for the end of those things is death. But now since you have been set free from sin (and the power of covetousness’ unholy desire) and have become the slaves of God, you have your present reward in holiness and its end is eternal life. For the wages which sin pays is death, but the [bountiful] free gift of God is eternal life through (in union with) Jesus Christ our Lord.

We see in the first verse covetousness and the ensuing sin sets us free from God and His care and authority over us. The Devil could never talk Adam and Eve into hating God and wanting to break free from His cover and authority.  So he beguiled them into taking on his unholy desire to do so by getting them to believe they wanted and needed something God was holding back from them.  They were fooled into believing that what they felt was simply a desire to have that object (to be like God).  In doing so they took on a monstrous compulsion to break free from God.   It is the same for us, if we desire something God hasn’t given us or is His will for us to have, it is a lie that we want that thing. It is the spirit of the Devil in us, compelling us to break free from God.  As the scripture above tells us, once we come to terms with this, we realize breaking free from God cut off life and it leads to physical and spiritual death. Romans also explains that Jesus’ Spirit in us (spiritual union) frees us from that monstrous spirit of the Devil in us that holds us in bondage as a slave in rebellion and freedom from God, so that we can make a choice to live in the freedom of obedience to God. 



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