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Devotional - week of May 6, 2012


DELIVERANCE FROM COVETOUSNESS 

 

Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.  Colossians 3:5

 

Forty years ago, people were shocked when it was discovered that a man in Dallas, Texas had secretly taken thousands of dollars from the company he worked for.

 

Today, no one is shocked when it is revealed that someone has dishonestly taken thousands or even millions of dollars from others. A spirit of covetousness seems to have spread like a deadly disease. Even if one has no plans to take from someone else, just the desire to have what others have can be a detriment to his walk with the Lord.

 

The Apostle Paul tells us in Romans chapter seven how not to seek victory over covetousness. When he attempted to be free from covetousness in his own strength and wisdom, he was filled with all manner of covetousness (Romans 7:7-8 NIV). His statement “all manner” brings to mind Exodus 20:17.

 

You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's  Exodus 20:17

 

In Colossians 3:5, Paul tells us to put to death covetousness. .This approach he is totally different from the approach that filled him with all manner of covetousness.

 

At some point, God explained to Paul that when he was saved, his old man was crucified. He also explained to Paul that one must do to experience his oneness with Christ in order to experience his crucifixion.

 

When we experience the crucifixion of our old man, we put to death our sin nature and all it produces in us.