One of the signs of your spiritual growth is how you respond to the blessings that others have.


September 28, 2018

Grace Bible Church
Pastor-Teacher
Robert R.
McLaughlin
Friday,
September 28, 2018

EXO 20:17   “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

 

The Doctrine of Coveting = “longing for someone or  something with a strong desire that you have for someone or something that does not belong to you.”

 

People are always comparing themselves with others and what others have and they do so to their own destruction; 2CO 10:12.

 

2CO 10:12   For we are not bold to class or compare ourselves with some of those who commend themselves; but when they measure themselves by themselves, and compare themselves with themselves, they are without understanding.

 

Inferior = the danger of us becoming arrogant and to think more highly of ourselves then we ought to think; Gal 6:3; Rom 12:3.

 

Gal 6:3  For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.

 

Rom 12:3   For through the grace given to me I say to every man among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think but to think so as to have sound judgment,

 

Inferior = the danger of false humility and rejecting the Finished Work of our Lord Jesus Christ and lacking the confidence that all believers should have concerning who God has made them.

 

This is not a problem at all when believers recognize and believe that they are new creatures because of the Baptism of the Spirit at salvation; 2Co 5:17; Gal 6:15.

 

It is also vital for us to understand that when it comes to relationships,  that relationship with God must take priority over relationship with man.

 

  1. We must begin with a command from headquarters in Heaven and the desire to fulfill those commands; HEB 10:25.

HEB 10:25  Do not forsake our assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging {one another}; and all the more, as you see the day drawing near.

 

  1. The importance of obeying the apostle Peter who gave us a full-time command; 2PE 3:18.

2PE 3:18  but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him {be} the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

 

  1. The responsibility of the believer to do more than just learn the Word of God, but to apply it as well; JAM 1:22.

 JAM 1:22   But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.

 

  1. This responsibility also commands us to celebrate the Lord’s supper, 1Co 11:24-25 — “Keep on doing this in remembrance of the Lord.
  2. The responsibility to give to the Church 1CO 16:2 On the first day of every week let each one of you put aside and save, as he may prosper,
  3. The importance of finding out what your spiritual gift is and then use it to build up and edify the body of Christ — His Church; 1Pe 4:10.

1Pe 4:10   As each one has received a {special} gift, employ it in serving one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

 

  1. Once a believer reaches the different stages of the spiritual life, he is also able to teach others these principles as well.

2TI 2:2  And the things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, these entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.

 

These are commands to gather together for the purpose of fulfilling the divine commands that are given to us concerning the answer to an age old question which is: “After salvation, what?”

 

There is definitely a plan that comes from God that every believer must learn and apply as they are fulfilling the PPOG and as they discover their very own PSD.

 

Rom 13:14   “Put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.

 

We should not be fool enough to feed the old self that is in you.

 

Do not be fool enough to lead yourself into situations of temptation especially coveting the wicked who prosper.

 

Don’t even put your flesh in a position where you know it will become stimulated or excited in the realm of carnality.

 

Certain people bring out your sin nature or have a bad influence upon you, avoid them.

 

2Ti 3:5   holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; and avoid such men as these.

 

In Rom 13:14, we are told to make no provision for the flesh and  to avoid that which seems to harm you and drag you down at times!

 

Here is the exact same sin that our Lord warned us about in            MAT 5:27-28, having the eyes of adultery.

2PE 2:14  having eyes full of adultery and that never cease from sin, enticing unstable souls, having a heart trained in greed, accursed children;

 

Job 31:7, Job says  “If my step has turned from the way” it’s because his heart walked after his eyes.

 

Our heart goes after our spiritual eyes and our eyes are the trouble because of what we keep focusing in on.

 

ISA 33, speaking of those believers who are dedicated and devoted to the Lord we read in Isa 33:17 He who walks righteously, their eyes will see the King in His beauty; They will behold a far‑distant land; [ the eternal promise land for eternity.]

The eyes are used in the word of God for our spiritual insight and the secret motives of our heart.

 

We already have covered MAT 5:27-28 where our Lord talked about lusting in the heart by coveting someone who does not belong to you.

 

The eyes of the soul reveals the perception of the individual who because of having the right mental attitude of the soul, can glorify the Lord.

 

Be careful how you hear and what you hear or what you allow to reside in your soul, Mar 4;24; Luk 18:8.

 

Pro 4:25  Let your eyes look directly ahead, And let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you.

 

If there is something that is enticing to you or inviting to you, do not even look at it.

 

Look straight on and do not let your eyes wander!

 

You don’t just pray about it!  You stop looking!

 

Keep your eyes from things that are likely to entice you or attract you.

 

What we really need to understand is how to put to death or mortify our flesh……that is a biblical truth.

Rom 8:13   For if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

 

“You” have got to do it!
You can’t pray for it to be done!

 

We are to put to death the deeds of the physical body or our flesh through the power of the Spirit; Heb 9:14.

 

Psalm 73 deals with how and why the wicked prosper and how easy it is for us as believers to adjust to that in the spiritual life .

 

Psalm 73 describes some of the frustrations that many believers have had at times as they seek to fulfill the PPOG and their very own PSD.

 

God’s people observing those believers and unbelievers who seem to be prospering.

 

Frustration = things are not working out in your life the way you and I thought they would,  and then we see and observe how the wicked prosper in spite of their wickedness.

 

Growing weary and losing heart speaks of not becoming frustrated by the blessings that others have but rather we should even rejoice with them for the blessings that the Lord has bestowed upon them.

 

One of the signs of your spiritual growth is how you respond to the blessings that others have.

 

 DAN 7:25 tells us that in the last days, Satan and the false prophet will try and wear down the saints of the Lord; DAN 7:25.

 

DAN 7:25  “And he will speak out against the Most High and wear down the saints of the Highest One.

 

LUK 15:7  “there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents, than over ninety‑nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

 

LUK 15:32  ‘But we had to be merry and rejoice, for this brother of yours was dead and {has begun} to live, and {was} lost and has been found.’

 

Psa 73 =  a long Psalm but very easy to adjust to in the spiritual life.

 

This is a Psalm that describes some of the frustrations that many believers have had at times as they seek to fulfill the PPOG and their very own PSD.

 

There’s a frustration that can actually take place because things are not working out in your life.

 

The author and Asaph was one of the finest and chief musicians in all of Israel.

 

The Lord gave certain tribes the talent and the ability to either be blessed with fantastic vocal chords,  or with the ability to write music and lyrics and the training and talent to play a musical instrument.

 

He wrote about ten songs and so this is said to be a Psalm or a Song of Asaph, a fine and chief musician in Israel.

 

This type of thinking that “God is good to His people,” is very important especially when you’re going through something and you don’t know how that situation is going to turn out.

 

He almost fell and slipped because he had become jealous and envied the prosperity of the wicked.

 

Covetousness,  like many of the other mental attitude sins can produce physical sickness as well as mental disorder.

 

PRO 14:30  A tranquil heart is life to the body, But jealousy is rottenness to the bones.

 

There are certain people who prosper even though they are wicked.

 

He saw the present condition of the wicked in time of need as he was  following the Lord.

 

He saw what they had right now, but he forgot their future.

He saw what God had given them.

 

God in His Grace actually will allow the wicked to prosper on this earth.

 

Once they die they suffer in the eternal lake of fire and so in God’s grace, He blesses them and let’s them have some enjoyment, because He’s a just and righteous God; Heb 9:27.

 

MAT 5:45b  He causes His sun to rise on {the} evil and {the} good,

 

There are reverisionistic believers and unbelievers who cheat and lie and steal and who are criminals and who would do what they can to get ahead and they can get more than you.

 

He saw their outward display of prosperity— He saw what they had.

 

A New car, new home, better job, fine clothing, no problems with the finances, everything is going right! (overtly).

 

You look at what they have but you only see their outward display.

 

1SA 16:7b  God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

 

We do not see the discomfort and lack of contentment in the wicked soul.

 

You don’t see that when they go to sleep at night that they have all these riches and all these things and all this form of prosperity, but there’s something missing in their soul.

 

They don’t have that peace that goes beyond understanding, PHI 4:6.

 

PHI 4:6  Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

 

PHI 4:7  And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

You would be shocked at how fast you would say, “I want to come back to my life, I don’t want to trade places with them.”

 

He doesn’t know whether or not there are “no pains” in their death, he is just revealing to us his frustrations when he was going through the jealousy or envy that almost got him down through his problem of covetousness .

 

There are Theologians or Commentators of Jewish history who say that the apostle Paul seemed to have a problem with coveting as he insinuated that he did in ROM 7:7b.

 

ROM 7:7   What shall we say then? Is the Law sin? May it never be! On the contrary, I would not have come to know sin except through the Law; for I would not have known about coveting if the Law had not said, “You shall not covet.”

 

Many people think, “If you have money and prosperity all of their   problems are solved and that’s not true.”

 

 “their body is fat” =  their strength was from their riches and they were really healthy.

In the ancient world, prosperity was manifested by the strength of the human body being healthy and prosperous through the physical body.

 

This is the thinking of the individual who almost slipped because of the envy and jealousy which led him to coveting.

 

He is saying “There’s no pain from their death like there is with others who are dying.”

 

This is a false truth because no one really knows what truly happens when an individual is in the dying stage of their life as well as the time and the manner of our death.

 

PSA 68:20   God is to us a God of deliverances; And to God the Lord belong escapes from death.

 

And not only that but I also want you to remember that death is a major victory of the winner believer; 1Co 15:50-58.

 

ISA 57:1   The righteous man perishes, and no man takes it to heart; And devout men are taken away, while no one understands. For the righteous man is taken away from evil,

 

You have something in your soul that money cannot buy, a peace that you can go through a tragedy, disaster, sickness, and still say, “I have learned to be content in whatever state I am in.”

 

This is the thinking of the individual that almost totally slipped away from that which was important, the plan of God.