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COVETOUSNESS IS IDOLATRY

COLOSSIANS 3:5-6: “Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: … passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience”

EPHESIANS 5:5: ” For this you know, that no … covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God

What does the word  “covet” mean?
The Hebrew word “hamad”  meaning to take pleasure in, to desire, to lust, to covet,  to desire passionately.

We see from the writings of Paul that coveting is equal to being idolatrous. This practice must be put to death. The thinking here is that one’s inordinate desire and passion to possess that which belongs to another will become a major distraction in your life; that thing that one covets becomes the idol and the passion of ones life. This is declared to be sinful. The tenth Commandment establishes covetousness to be a sinful practice. The thing that one covets becomes a god in one’s life and ultimately the driving force and motivation.
The prophet Micah declares disastrous consequences to the one who would make a career out of coveting:

Micah 2:1-3
1 Woe to those who devise iniquity, And work out evil on their beds!
At morning light they practice it, Because it is in the power of their hand.
2 They covet fields and take them by violence, Also houses, and seize them.
So they oppress a man and his house, A man and his inheritance.
3 Therefore thus says the Lord: “Behold, against this family I am devising disaster, From which you cannot remove your necks;
Nor shall you walk haughtily, For this is an evil time.

We know about the covetous nature of the Ahab/Jezebel mentality that demonstrated no respect for the vineyard of their neighbor Naboth whose family worked the field for generations….this was an inheritance from his father.
Ahab’s only concern was to extend his field by appropriating the property which brought joy to the household of Naboth’s family for generations. But how would you expect Ahab to concern himself with this?
He is covetous and idolatrous by nature.
The matter did not stop there.
He engaged his wife Jezebel to do his evil work. They truly suited one another perfectly. 

To all my sons, find your field, and work your field. Do not covet anything that belongs to another brother. Be faithful in what God has called you to do and God will bless you. Amen. Love and peace.

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2012

OUR JOURNEY

Well 2011 is now history. I believe that we faced many challenges in 2011 and we have learned some invaluable lessons.We are now much stronger as a global household as we enter 2012. We have a credible, proven and tested leadership structure in Brazil with the appointment of Marcelo and Elisangela Sant’anna as overseers of the various households of faith in Brazil.Spiritual foresight has to work in partnership with strong leadership.
The word of the Lord to Joshua, upon the death of Moses is applicable to all generations:
Josh 1:8-9
8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
NKJV

The two commands are
* Continual dependance and meditation on God’s Word
* Be strong and courageous
The first instruction would lead us to have a spiritual advantage over our adversaries; where through meditating on the Word of God, we are led by the Spirit of God as sons of God; the second refers to mental fortitude that would cause us to demonstrate strength in our leadership. We have to demonstrate great courage in pushing forward with tough decisions that would bring our people into their place of promise….Christ!

He is the Heavenly Father, the King over all the lesser kings and demagogues of this fallen and falling world and its systems. He is looking for His family. As His leadership we have to prepare His family …. train and equip until the Christ can see Himself in His Family. When Christ looks at His church it must be like Him looking into a mirror….where he sees a likeness of Himself.

As we continue on our journey in 2012, focus is everything. Keep your eyes on Him, the author and the finisher of our faith.Do not be distracted by the storm that is raging all around you, by the waves that are buffeting the vessel, winds that seem life threatening….remember the two commands that come with a promise.

Josh 1:9
Do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
NKJV

The Lord bless you, your families and your ministries in 2012 and may the peace of God that defies human understanding overwhelm you.
Roy and Sheila
South Africa

TRADUÇÃO PORTUGUÊS
2011 é agora história. Eu acredito que nós enfrentamos muitos desafios em 2011 e aprendemos algumas lessons.We inestimável estão agora muito mais forte como uma família global como entramos 2012. Nós temos uma credibilidade, estrutura de liderança comprovada e testada no Brasil, com a nomeação de Marcelo Sant’anna e Elisangela como supervisores das famílias diversas de fé nas previsões Brazil.Spiritual tem que trabalhar em pratnership com uma liderança forte.
A palavra do Senhor a Josué, após a morte de Moisés é aplicável a todas as gerações:
Josh 1:8-9
8 Este livro da Lei não se apartará de sua boca, mas você medita nele dia e noite, para que tenhas cuidado de fazer conforme tudo o que nele está escrito. Pois então você vai fazer prosperar o teu caminho, e então você terá um bom sucesso. 9 Não to mandei eu? Seja forte e corajoso, não tenha medo, nem te espantes, porque o Senhor teu Deus está contigo onde quer que vá “.

Os dois comandos são
* Dependência contínua e meditação na Palavra de Deus
* Seja forte e corajoso
A primeira instrução nos levaria a ter uma vantagem espiritual sobre os nossos adversários, onde através da meditação na Palavra de Deus, somos guiados pelo Espírito de Deus, como filhos de Deus, o segundo refere-se a força mental que nos levam a demonstrar força em nossa liderança. Temos de demonstrar grande coragem em avançar com decisões difíceis que traria o nosso povo em seu local de promessa …. Cristo!

Ele é o Pai Celestial, o Rei sobre todos os reis menores e demagogos deste mundo caído e caindo e seus sistemas. Ele está procurando por sua família. Sua liderança como temos de nos preparar sua família …. treinar e equipar até o Cristo pode ver a si mesmo em sua família. Quando Cristo olha para a Sua Igreja deve ser como Ele olha em um espelho …. Onde ele vê uma semelhança de Si mesmo.

À medida que continuamos em nossa jornada em 2012, o foco é tudo. Mantenha os olhos nele, o autor eo consumador da nossa faith.Do não se distrair com a tempestade que grassa à sua volta, pelas ondas que são buffeting o navio, os ventos que parecem uma ameaça à vida …. Lembre-se os dois comandos que vêm com uma promessa.

Josh 01:09
Não tenha medo, nem te espantes, porque o Senhor teu Deus está contigo onde quer que vá. ”

O Senhor abençoe vocês, suas famílias e seus ministérios em 2012 e que a paz de Deus que desafia a compreensão humana oprimi-lo.
Roy e Sheila
África do Sul

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