Covetousness. What is it really?

Covet. A word that has been mentioned in the Holy Bible for 25 times, repeatedly, from the Old Testament to the New Testament. It is also listed in the Ten Commandments that the Lord God gave to Moses on Mt. Sinai after 40 days. For thousands of years, and for a number of biblical translations, the word “covet” remains  unchanged. But for some reason, the true meaning of the word has become lost in modern times.

How does the Dictionary define the word Covet:

  • Yearn to possess or have (something)
  • wish, long, or crave for (something, especially the property of another person); “She covets her sister’s house”
  • To wish for with eagerness; to desire possession of, notably enviously; — also used in a good sense; To long for inordinately or unlawfully; to hanker after (something forbidden); To yearn, have or indulge inordinate desire, notably for another’s possession
  • an inordinate desire to acquire or possess more than one needs or deserves, especially with respect to material wealth.

So the word Covet simply means to desire, to want possession of, to long for a material object or anything of this world.  So if modern languages and synonyms  were used in modern translations of the Holy Bible, then the verse in Exodus 20:17 will have clear meaning:

“You shall not want your neighbor’s house; you shall not want 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.”

Now, if we put it that way, then it becomes much clear.  Of course, during those times, those were the ONLY material possessions men had.  But if we put in our era, then that should sound like this:

You shall not want or desire to have your friend’s condo, house, his wife, his car, his cellphone, his computer, his iPad, his job, his degree, his lifestyle, his money or anything that is your friends.

Even King David knew that covetousness leads to sin. His desire for a woman cost the Lord God to lose favor in him.

Incline my heart to Your testimonies,And not to covetousness. Psalm 119:36

King Solomon, in his wisdom also wrote about Covetousness in Proverbs:


The wicked covet the catch of evil men,But the root of the righteous yields fruit. Proverbs 12:12

He covets greedily all day long, But the righteous gives and does not spare. Proverbs 21:26

A ruler who lacks understanding is a great oppressor, But he who hates covetousness will prolong his days. Proverbs 28:16

The Lord Jesus said it clearly in Luke 12:15

And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.” Luke 12:15

The only way to prevent this, is by being contented and thankful for the life that God gave to us. Let us all be thankful for everything that we have in our lives. And since the Lord is a Lord of Abundance and Prosperity, you do not need to look to your neighbor nor to others, simply desire to abide in His commandments and teachings and blessings will enter your life.

 

 

 

 

A Believer in Christ and a Disciple of Christ. What’s the Difference?

A Believer in Christ and a Disciple of Christ…What’s the difference?

A true Christian is a a follower/disciple that has fully surrendered his or her life to Christ, a fully abides in His teachings.

It is not enough to simply believe in Him, for even the enemy believes in Christ as well. They are just opposed to Him and His followers.

Be more than just a believer, Be His Disciple!

As Jesus said, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.” John 8:31

Are you scared of death? Are heaven and hell real places?

Real events. Real stories.

Interesting stuff from the book TO HELL AND BACK by Maurice S. Rawlings, M.D. (Ex-Atheist)

I have opened a door to you that no one can shut. ~ Revelation 3:8

“For years I have pronounced bodies dead, never quite believing this spirit business. Until one day, when modern methods were developed to retrieve some of these patients from clinical death, along came these weird reports about some returnees who excitedly proclaimed a “glimpse of glory.”

Surprisingly, death survivors tell us that the moment of death is absolutely painless. Painless! Nothing at all. No choking or smothering. Nothing like that. “Feels like fainting,” they say, or “like a missed heartbeat,” or “a lost breath”, “Less than anesthesia for surgery.” These uniform answers, came from several hundred patients summarized in the first book, beyond Death’s Door.

While a positive case might say, “I’ll never be afraid of death again, it was so beautiful there,” the negative case might say, “It’s not dying I’m afraid of. It’s returning to that awful place again!”

Whenever I stopped pushing on his chest in order to adjust the pacemaker, the heart would stop, and Charlie’s eyes would roll up, he again would sputter, turn blue, and begin to convulse. With bare hands, just like you can, I would reach over and start him up again. But this time he was screaming  the words, “Don’t stop! I’m in hell! I’m in hell!” Hallucinations, I thought. Most victims say, “Take your big hands of me, you’re breaking my ribs.” But he was saying the opposite: “For God’s sake, don’t stop! Don’t you understand? Every time you let go I’m back in hell!” When he asked me to pray for him, I felt downright insulted. In fact, I told him to shut up. I said I was a doctor, not a minister and not a psychiatrist. But the nurses gave me that expectant look. What would you do? That’s when I composed a make-believe prayer. I made him repeat the make-believe prayer word for word to keep him off my back. Meanwhile, I resuscitated with one hand and adjusted the pacemaker with the other. “Say it! Jesus Christ is the Son of God, go on and say it!” I said. “Keep me out of hell, and if I live, I’m on the hook. I’m yours. Go on, say it!” And then a very strange thing happened that changed our lives. A religious conversion experience took place. I had never witnessed one before. He was no longer the wild-eyed, screaming, combative lunatic who had been fighting me for his life. He was relaxed and calm and cooperative. It frightened me. I was shaken by the events. Not only had that make-believe prayer blown out the soul of Charlie McKaig, but it backfired and got me too. It was a conviction I cannot express even to this day.

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“I began to feel the most incredible, warm, golden, loving feeling, and the feeling was also a wonderful, warm, golden light. I was in this light, a wisdom, and that wisdom was the final word. The wisdom loved me and at the same time it knew everything about me. Everything I had ever done and felt was there for me to see. I wanted to proceed into the light and stay there forever, but I was shown that I had to go back and take care of my two children. In that same fragment of a second, I was back in my body, back in all the pain. My son was being delivered, and I heard everybody screaming, “She’s back!” I was so upset, so angry to be ripped away from the most wonderful peace in all the universe. And then they told me my son had been born dead.”

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The little girl managed the final energy to sit up and say , The angels–they’re so beautiful! Mommy, can you see them? Do you hear their singing? I’ve never heard such beautiful singing” Then the girl died.

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Dr. Melvin Morse, a pediatrician in the Seattle suburbs, has found a greater tendency for near-death experiences in children than in adults, their simple reports less influenced by cultural effects. Early in his book Closer to the Light, young Katie did not remember drowning in the YMCA pool, although resuscitated by Dr. Morse, she was not expected to live. She recalled that out of the darkness a tunnel opened and “Elizabeth” came out and accompanied Katie back through the tunnel where she saw her late grandfather and met several other people including two new friends who played with her, Andy and Mark. Finally, Elizabeth, who seemed to be a guardian angel for Katie , took her to meet the Heavenly Father and Jesus. When Jesus asked if she wanted to see her mother again, she replied yes, and then she awoke. Dr. Morse who has interviewed more than seventy such children, reports another case. When Jamie Untinen was five years old she almost died from spinal meningitis. Later she drew a picture of what she saw: three angels and Jesus sitting on a log. He was “very nice” and told her it was not her turn to die.

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Down the hall I saw an old friend who had died. The last I recall, they were dragging the river for him; he had been involved with gambling. I yelled to him, “Hi there, Jim!” He just looked at me. Didn’t even smile. They were taking him around the corner when he started screaming. I ran, but there was no way out. I kept saying “Jesus is God.” Over and over I would say, “Jesus is God.” Someway, somehow, I got back as you were putting in the stitches. I loved every one of those stitches. Only God could have gotten me out of a mess like that. I’ll never forget it.

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For instance, some gruesome experiences in the past were described on the deathbeds of Voltaire, King Charles IX of France, Queen Elizabeth in 1603, Ethan Allen, Thomas Payne, David Hume, and Edward Gibbon. Even at that time the negative experiences, as they are today, were hidden from public view and were not reported. Proud families of the past naturally mentioned only the favorable events. It is no different from today.

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“Hell is just plain hell!”

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“…the sensation of the horror was so great it choked me.” – Curt Jergens, A German actor and idol (Had a negative experience when his heart frequently stopped during much of the four hours it took Dr. Michael DeBakey in Houston to replace part of an aorta.)

“It was a woman in a black veil, a slender woman with a lipless mouth and in her eyes an expression that sent icy shudders down my back. She stretched out her arms toward me and, pulled by an irresistible force, I followed her. An icy breath touched me and I came into a world filled with faint sound of lamentation, though there was not a person in sight. Then and there I asked the figure to tell me who she was. A voice answered: “I am death.”I summoned all my strengthen and thought: “I’ll not follow her any more, for I want to live.” – Curt Jergens, A German actor and idol (Had a negative experience when his heart frequently stopped during much of the four hours it took Dr. Michael DeBakey in Houston to replace part of an aorta.)

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“I was alone (in hell), isolated from all sound, until I heard a mumbling, and I could vaguely see a kneeling form. It was my wife. She was praying at my bedside. I never wanted to be a Christian, but I surely am now. Hell is too real.”

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A 62 year old male suffering an acute heart attack had to be restrained because, using his words,  there”demons coming after me.” Fighting the staff, writhing and kicking off the creatures, feet running in place as if to escape, nurses and doctors pinning him to the stretcher, he eventually blacked out. After the cardiac arrest rhythm had been corrected by electric shock, the demons seemed to follow him as he went to the intensive care area where, regaining his consciousness, they pounced on him once again. Reviews of the records showed no medications to account for the demonization. In the same week and in the same emergency room, Ruby Tinney and charge nurse Nancy Humphries reported a thirty-eight-year old heart attack victim, who, with blood-curdling screams, kept yelling he was in hell and demanding that a pastor be called.

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In the bible, Christ talked more about hell than He did about heaven.

Bible verses about Salvation in Jesus Christ

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life,  for God’s wrath remains on them.  – John 3:36

Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber.  – John 10:1

I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. – John 10:9

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

“For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 3:11

“Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.” 1 John 5:12

“For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus,” 1 Timothy 2:5

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

 

If you want to receive Jesus today in your heart, and accept Him as your Lord and Savior, please say this prayer:

    “Father, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that your son, Jesus Christ died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and to do Your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”

 

WHY JESUS IS GREATER THAN SANTA CLAUS?

WHY JESUS IS GREATER THAN SANTA CLAUS?

Santa lives at the North Pole.

JESUS is everywhere.

Santa rides in a sleigh.

JESUS rides on the wind and walks on the water.

Santa comes but once a year.

JESUS is an ever present help.

Santa fills your stockings with goodies.

JESUS supplies all your needs.

Santa comes down your chimney uninvited.

JESUS stands at your door and knocks, and then enters your heart when invited.

You have to wait in line to see Santa.

JESUS is as close as the mention of His name.

Santa lets you sit on his lap.

JESUS lets you rest in His arms.

Santa doesn’t know your name, all he can say is “Hi little boy or girl, what’s your name?”

JESUS knew your name before you did.

Not only does He know your name,

He knows your address too.

He knows your history and future and

He even knows how many hairs are on your head.

Santa has a belly like a bowl full of jelly.

JESUS has a heart full of love.

All Santa can offer is HO HO HO.

JESUS offers Health, Help and Hope.

Santa says “You better not cry.”

JESUS says “Cast all your cares on me for I care for you.”

Santa’s little helpers make toys.

JESUS makes new life, mends wounded hearts, repairs broken homes and builds mansions.

Santa may make you chuckle but.

JESUS gives you joy that is your strength.

While Santa puts gifts under your tree.

JESUS became our gift and died on a tree.

Yes, from sin He sets us free!