If Only I Had A Little More!

Greetings! This week we will be talking about the coveteousness...none of us have this problem right??!
The command is 'Beware of Coveteousness.' Jesus said, "Take heed and beware of coveteousness, for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth" (Luke12:15).
Jesus gave this command after a man came to him asking that he get part of the inheritance from his brother. I honestly feel for this guy, thinking 'Yea, he should get part of the inheritance, that's only fair!' The point is not justice, but that he had let his love for money and riches become more important than his relationship with his brother. He was consumed by his desire for earthly possessions. 
For this command I am just going to include some notes that I took while studying this command. There are also many Scriptures that speak so clearly to this and I have only included some!
-"But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world and it is certain that we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment, let us therewith be content. 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. 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" (I Timothy 6:6-10).
-'To covet is to violate God's very nature, which is to love and give, rather than to covet and get' (IBLP Commands of Christ study guide: Series 5, pg. 27).
-"He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity" (Ecclesiastes 5:10).
-Covet: to desire, long for, an inordinate, ungoverned, selfish desire.
-"For I had not known lust except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet" (Romans 7:7).
-'Contentment allows us to enjoy what we have. Coveteousness is setting our affection on things we do not have.'
 (IBLP Commands of Christ study guide: Series 5, pg. 28)
-"Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is your neighbours" (Exodus 20:17).
-Have you been saying in your heart, 'If only I had _______ I would be happy'? (i.e. more money? a home of your own? a nicer car? new clothes? a better job? the perfect husband? better parents? no health problems?) ouch.
-"...he that hateth coveteousness shall prolong his days" (Proverbs 28:16b).
-"Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace." hymn, Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
-"Will I anguish over my temporary riches or travail over the eternal souls of people?" (IBLP Commands of Christ study guide: Series 5, pg. 31)
-Contentment: Realizing that God has provided everything I need for my present happiness. (IBLP)
-"Let your conversation be without coveteousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave you, nor forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5).
-Are there areas in my life in which I am discontent or envious?
-What things do I desire or delight in more than the Lord?
-Have I expressed gratefulness to God and others for what I already have?
-How can I exchange my earthly possessions for eternal treasures?
Blessings,
Amanda

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