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Gambling Freedom in 60 Days: Day 58

How to Get Covetousness out of Us: Expert Jerry Shirley shared the following:
” THE SOURCE OF COVETOUSNESS
{(Where Does It Come From?)}

Jesus said, “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornication, murders, thefts, covetousness . . .” (Mark 7:21, 22).
Ezekiel cried out, “…with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness” (Ezek. 33:31).

Ahab, the wicked king of Israel, one day saw Naboth’s vineyard. He
coveted it and approached Naboth about selling it. Because it was an
inheritance, it could not be sold. Ahab pouted and sulked until Jezebel, the wicked-hearted queen, cooked up a scheme to have Naboth killed. The moment he was dead, Ahab rose up and took possession of Naboth’s vineyard. His covetousness led to stealing and murder. Elijah came to the vineyard and announced to Ahab, “In the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick thy blood, even thine” (I Kings 21:19).
There are still a lot of Ahabs around, but their sin will find them out, also.

He needed a heart change, and so do we today. The heart of the problem is the human heart! We need to make a commitment to Christ. Then we need to find contentment in Christ.
Hebrews 13:5
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
If not, then we face…

III. THE SORROW OF COVETOUSNESS
{(Where Does It Lead?)}

A successful businessman and his friends were talking and laughing
together and enjoying success. The businessman told of his childhood of
poverty. Someone had given him a big coin. To have a coin was rare for
children then, and his little sister begged to hold it. He laughed over the
memory of all the chores he could get her to do for him just to get to hold the coin. He told of a day when she minded the cows all day for the privilege of holding the coin, only to have to give it up at the end of the day. All of the men laughed again at the childishness of the sister.
Just then, one man not laughing, reminded the businessman that all he was
doing now in labor and service was for the privilege of holding onto a few
possessions. “The end of the day is coming, and you will have to give them up like your little sister did.”

That is exactly how it is with all of us. Jesus warned,
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth
corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven . . .” (Matt. 6:19,20).

How many there are today who are destroying their very life through covetousness. How many more are destroying even their soul for the same reason. Then, thousands of thousands are ruining the lives of their family and friends as they grasp for more.

Listen today to Jesus: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matt. 6:33).

There’s nothing wrong with having things. It’s when you are dependent on things and the want of more things that it becomes sin.
Ill.—we have a lot more things now than 15 years ago with an empty apartment and a little cash in our pocket. Our old car was mistaken for the city mosquito fogger often!

Now, there is only one area where the Bible encourages us to covet. It says, “But covet earnestly the best gifts” (I Cor. 12:31). We are to look around us and see faithfulness, loyalty, dependability, love and other good things in the lives of Christians and covet those things. We should grasp, desire and seek after the fruits of the Spirit and not after the earthly possessions that belong to our neighbor”.

Read 1 Corinthians 4

Pray: “Lord Jesus, You said, “I have come to set the captives free.” We are captive and need Your healing touch. Free us, Lord, from our addictions, help me to love your ways and to begin to develop habits that will help me quit my addiction and to do things your way.

9.   Pray: “Father give me the wisdom to write a prayer that will help me to start overcoming my addiction.” For example – you feel like your addiction has hurt your ability to be a great parent. You might pray “Father help me to care more about my kid’s future than I care about lust/pleasue.” Once you have that prayer that really speaks to what will motivate you – start praying it in earnest. You can pray it as many times each day as you want as long as you are sincere in increasing your desire to change with each prayer. God is not counting how many times I pray my prayer. He is looking at how my heart changes as I sincerely pray it each time and how I allow him to lead me to better choices because now (because of prayer and extra effort) I am starting to see reality clearer.

9.      Checklist for avoiding relapse: Realize that you have become stronger now. Your life may spin out of control for a bit and you start to slip up. You have crossed the line you know you should not cross. We know drinkers just can’t have that one drink, it leads to others. But you were not trying to set loose boundaries, you just honestly screwed up. You are now strong enough to stop and avoid destruction. Tell yourself and God “I am not trying to set loose boundaries, I am going to stop this relapse right now and fulfill my purpose and find joy”. You are stronger now!