Controlling Yourself by Curt Dodd

CONTROLLING YOURSELF
Exodus 20:17

"You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet
your neighbor's wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox
or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor."

We find ourselves at the last Commandment that speaks to the
very heart of the issue concerning sin and our relationship with
it. We are also in the Christmas Season, you remember the line
from the Christmas Carol? "'Tis the Season to be jolly, fa la
la la la la la la la la!" It's more like, "Tis the Season to be
coveting, money, money, money, money, money, money." The
marketers know that and that's why there comes a deluge of
catalogs, that's why every commercial is seems like is a toy
commercial targeting your children to promote you to head to
Toys-R-Us very quickly. If they are not toy commercials, they
are clothes commercials, that you need it and this is your go
ahead and get it life.

Interestingly enough a recent survey of teenagers found out that
the most popular activity for female teenagers, ninety-three
percent (93%) is shopping. What does that say? We are a
generation that wants things so bad, in fact it was in the 60's,
early 70's that the group, "The Who", had a song called "The
Magic Bus" and I will never forget riding along in the car
listening to that song as they sang and all of a sudden, a man
over the music began to say, "I want it, I want it, I want it,"
And then another spoke up, "You can't have it!" What a theme
for our country, what a theme for our lives that we want things,
we want things, we want things and either the creditors tell us
that we can't have it or we could look ...


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