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Our Attitudes (10 of 10)
Series: The Demand of Command
Exodus 20; Luke 18
March 27, 1994
Recently I listened to a tape by a man named Steve Farrar. He told about a deadly virus that is sweeping the nation and how this virus attacks the family. He explained that this virus has an uncanny ability to isolate and seek to destroy the mother of the family. This deadly family virus, Steve Farrar called affluenza. The overwhelming desire to be affluent. The desire for affluence has driven many women from the most important role that God has established -- MOTHERHOOD.
Now, some women work to make ends meet, but many work because we keep seeking more and more. One of the Greek words for covet means "to just have more."
The first nine Commandments deal with our actions, but number 10 gets to the heart of the matter -- OUR ATTITUDES! As you look at covetousness, in some ways it contributes to the first nine temptations. This Commandment implies that wrong ideas precede wrong actions. This Commandment deals with the roots not the fruits.
Joy Davidman (wife of C. S. Lewis in the movie, Shadowlands) states:
"It may be that this Commandment comes last because it represents a transition from the old idea of a God who is bound by the physical actions of a prescribed ritual to the new awareness of a God who is spirit and looks to the actions of the heart."
The Old Testament classic, Sermon on the Mount, tells us how ...
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