Don’t Fall Into Satan’s Trap Through Covetousness
Jesus warned us to be on our guard against covetousness, which is the greedy longing for more. This warning is not just for those who have an abundance of the world’s wealth, but it also applies to those who have very little. One of the signs of the end times is a spirit of covetousness. Paul told Timothy: 1This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy… 2 Tim. 1-2
The covetous will not enter into the Kingdom of God. Paul told the Ephesians: 5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Eph. 5:5. Look at Jesus’ warning. It gives a clearer understanding of the original Greek:
Then He said to them, “Watch out and guard yourselves against every form of greed; for not even when one has an overflowing abundance does his life consist of nor is it derived from his possessions.”
This is the dangerous position that many Christians are today. They have stored for themselves money and worldly possessions. They think that they will be secure from facing financial want. They have stopped trusting in God and depending upon Him for His daily provision in their lives. They trust in their worldly possessions and the wealth that they have accumulated. Paul warned Timothy of the snares that those who seek the riches of the world will fall into: 6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9 Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. 1 Tim. 6:6-10 NIV
Paul told Timothy to instruct those who possessed the riches of this world not to trust in their riches but to trust in God: 17 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19 In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life. I Tim. 6:17-19 NIV
Regardless of the finances that God has placed within your hands—whether you have an abundance of the world’s wealth or very little—you must “guard yourself” against becoming covetous. Do not lay-up treasures for yourself. Do not use the finances that God has given you to spend only on yourself and the lusts of your flesh.
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal. 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
REMINDER: DON’T FALL INTO SATAN’S TRAP THROUGH COVETOUSNESS!!!!
Love you and the Blessings of God be upon you.
Prophetess Eleanor Nichols
“A WILLING VESSEL for THE LORD”