Honor | Part 20 | #10: I Want What You Have 26 May

“I want what you have.” Have you ever thought that? Is it wrong to want what others have? Join us for the answer in this final message in our “Honor” series. #GCHonor

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10th Commandment: “You must not covet.”

Coveting: Desiring something that is not rightfully ours.


The Dangers of Coveting:

  1. It leads to more sin
  2. It makes us “crabby”


Avoiding Coveting:

  1. Embrace contentment
  2. Trust Jesus for salvation


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Key Scripture:

Exodus 20:17 (NLT)

17 “You must not covet your neighbor’s house. You must not covet your neighbor’s wife, male or female servant, ox or donkey, or anything else that belongs to your neighbor.”

Colossians 3:5 (NLT)

5 So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.

Proverbs 9:13–18 (NLT)

13 The woman named Folly is brash.

      She is ignorant and doesn’t know it.

    14 She sits in her doorway

      on the heights overlooking the city.

    15 She calls out to men going by

      who are minding their own business.

    16 “Come in with me,” she urges the simple.

      To those who lack good judgment, she says,

    17 “Stolen water is refreshing;

      food eaten in secret tastes the best!”

    18 But little do they know that the dead are there.

      Her guests are in the depths of the grave.

Romans 12:15 (NLT)

15 Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep.

Matthew 5-7 (NLT)

Romans 7:1-8 (NLT)

Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.

  • As you think back over the last 5 months, what’s been your favorite commandment to study?  What’s the hardest commandment for you to obey?  Why?

Start sharing. These questions are to help get your group thinking and to create openness.

  • Read Exodus 20:17.  Why was God so specific about what “not to covet” in this commandment?  Do you ever find yourself breaking this commandment?  If so, in what ways?
  • Read Colossians 3:5.  Why does Paul refer to coveting as idolatry?
  • Read Proverbs 9:13-18.  According to this passage what makes coveting someone’s spouse, ie. adultery, so appealing?  How does the reality of v. 18 set us free from deception?  Have you experienced or seen others experience the consequences v. 18 describes?
  • Troy said that coveting leads to more sin.  How does the failure to obey the 10th commandment lead us to break other commandments like the 7th and 8th?  How does Jesus words in the sermon on the mount (Matthew 5-7) remind us of of the 10th commandment?
  • As you think about the crab effect, are you the crab trying to crawl out of the bucket or the one pulling others down?  Do you find Romans 12:15 hard to obey?  Why or why not?
  • Are you a content person?  How can you develop more contentment in your life?  What are you doing on a daily basis to breed either coveting or contentment?
  • Why is the 10th commandment impossible to obey?  Read Romans 7:1-8 for more insight.  What does my inability to obey the law do for me?

Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.

  • Embrace contentment by focusing on being grateful for the gifts that God has given to you.

Start praying. Be bold and pray with power.

  • Give Him praise and thanks for all that you have. Ask for His help in focusing on being content in Him, and not focusing on what others have or what you don’t have. And ask for His forgiveness when you fall into covetousness.

Start digging. For further study.


Troy Knight

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