by Joe Alain

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You Shall Be Content (10 of 10)
Series: The Ten Commandments
Joe Alain
Exodus 20:17

The tenth message in a series of ten sermons on the Ten Commandments.

''You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, not his male servant, nor his female servant, not his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's.'' Exodus 20:17, NKJV

Mark Driscoll begins a sermon on the tenth commandment with a simple but powerful illustration. Imagine a genie showed up to you and granted you seven wishes (I know genies usually give 3 but let's go with the 7). Close your eyes (seriously but don't go to sleep on me) and I'll ask you the questions and you can decide what your answers would be. You ready? Ok, here we go, close your eyes.

1. If you could have the car of anyone, what would you drive?
2. If you could have the home of anyone, where would you live?
3. If you could have anyone's abilities - mental, physical, spiritual, emotional - what would you want?
4. If you could have anyone's physical appearance, who would you look like?
5. If you could have anyone's possessions, what things would you want?
6. If you could have anyone's spouse, who would you be married to?
7. If you could trade lives with anyone, who would you trade with?

What Is Coveting?
You can open your eyes now. What I just awakened in you is called coveting. Did you feel it? If you answered any of those questions, you're a coveter, and if you didn't, you're a liar. So either way, there's a problem. Coveting is when you look at what you don't have, but what you would like to have, and then it awakens in you a discontent with what you have and a desire for something else.

Paul explains this phenomena of coveting in Romans chapter 7. There he says that through his reading of the law (God's Word) he became aware that he was a coveter. He says ''I didn't even know what coveting was until I heard about coveting and then it awakened in me this des ...

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