Colossians 3: 5 defines what idolatry is.
“Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry” (Colossians 3: 5)
From this scripture, we can see that covetousness is idolatry. The scripture does not say that it is like idolatry but it is idolatry.
So what is covetousness?
The English dictionary says that it is “A strong desire to have something especially something that belongs to someone else.
Are you led to do something and others around you do not understand?
Are you sure it is what you are supposed to do?
Or have you done something and those around you are mocking and wondering why all this?
This is a lesson we can learn from the woman with the alabaster box. She poured perfume on Jesus and the Lords disciples said that it was a waste. Why not sell it and give it to the poor? ( Matthew 26; 8-9). At this point, it is safe to say that Jesus to say that the Lord’s disciples lacked discernment.
Sometimes not everyone will appreciate what you are doing and what the Lord has called you to do.
As a matter of fact, the disciples said it to her face. This is the response of our Lord Jesus Christ :
“ When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me” (Matthew 26: 10) KJV.
But Jesus, aware of this, replied, “Why criticize this woman for doing such a good thing to me? But Jesus, aware of this, replied, “Why criticize this woman for doing such a good thing to me? (Matthew 26: 10) NLT.
Is anyone troubling you because of what the Lord has told you to do? Is anyone troubling you that lacks discernment?
You will have to ignore them because the Lord told the disciples to leave her alone. Let her do what she wants to do. As long as the Lord has instructed you or you feel led by the Holy Spirit, the Lord will tell you the same.
Today what this woman did is a memorial ( Matthew 26: 13) and only heaven knows her eternal rewards.
So don’t let those that do not understand your vision stop you. The Lord knows and sees everything.
Bisi Oladipupo © 15th May 2023
I had wondered for a while, why the Lord was upset with Balaam, after all the Lord told him to go.
If you are not familiar with the account, it can be found in the book of Numbers chapters twenty-two to twenty-four.
Recently l saw why the Lord was upset with Balaam.
Moab was distressed because of the children of Israel and sent messengers unto Balaam to curse the people of Israel. Balak was the King of the Moabites at that time. Balaam told the messengers of Balak that he would bring the word of the Lord to them. Later that night, God told Balaam not go.
Have you been given a word from the Lord and it appears that something is boasting against it?
Are you standing on a revealed word of God from scripture in any area of your life and something is boasting against it?
Be rest assured that God is never caught unawares, and He already knew about that false look like impossible situation before it even appeared.
Have you ever read the book of Jonah? Many of us are aware of what happened. The full account can be found in Jonah chapters one to four.
In summary; Jonah was told by God to go to Nineveh and warn them of their wrong doings. Instead of Jonah obeying the Lord he decided to flee and go somewhere else. He found some men in a ship, paid the fare and decided to travel with him.
Many of us are aware of the “ Lord’s Prayer” in the Bible (Matthew 6: 9- 13).
In this short article l am going to dwell on the phrase “ Your Kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6: 10).
Did you know that the above verse is the basis for the majority of prayers?
Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
The above reason is why we need to pray.
Challenging relationships is nothing new.
There is a reason why the Bible tells us to forebear one another;
“Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye” (Colossians 3: 13) KJV
“Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others” (Colossians 3: 13) NLT
In the natural if you had a baby that did not grow naturally you would be concerned.
As Christians, the Lord does expect us to grow up!.
The Bible tells us to desire the sincere milk of the word that we may grow thereby (1 Peter 2: 2). In other words, the main factor of growth is to desire the sincere milk of the word. Note the word “word” not man’s doctrine or opinions of others but the word.
The Bible in so many words tell us who we really are.
It is so important for us to see ourselves the way we are after the spirit.
Now let us insert ourselves into these scriptures:
Heavens agenda in any situation is several steps up higher than what we are thinking. Kevin Zadai.