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Postby mortensen » Mon Jan 25, 2010 9:31 pm

Native hunters in the jungles of Africa have a clever way of trapping monkeys. They slice a coconut in two, hollow it out, and in one half of the shell cut a hole just big enough for a monkeys hand to pass through. Then they place an orange in the other coconut half before fastening together the two halves of the coconut shell. Finally, they secure the coconut to a tree with a rope, retreat into the jungle and wait. Sooner or later an unsuspecting monkey swings by, smells the delicious orange, and discovers its location inside the coconut shell. The monkey then slips his hand through the small hole, grasps the orange, and tries to pull it through the hole. Of course the orange won't come out, it's too big for the hole. To no avail the persistent monkey continues to pull and pull, never realizing the danger he is in. While the monkey struggles with the orange, the hunters return and capture the monkey by throwing a net over him. As long as the monkey keeps his fist wrapped around the orange, the monkey is trapped. It's too bad the poor monkey could save its own life if it would let go of the orange. It didn't occur to the monkey that it can't have both the orange and its freedom. That delicious orange becomes a deadly trap. The world sets traps for us and not unlike the monkey trap. You hear constantly that if you just have enough money, enough stuff, enough power, and enough prestige, then you'll be happy. Under that illusion people spend their whole lives thinking you must have it all. The call of Christianity is unlike that of the world.

Do you believe that we have a good God who knows exactly what we truly need? (need not want). Or are we discontent, continually feeling the need to provide more for ourselves?
Do you trust in God to meet your needs? This is really the essence of what 'coveting' relates to.
Contentment is born out of faith in our hearts. We can trust in God's goodness and provision over everyday of our lives.

THE MEANING OF GREED. Regarding those who are greedy, the Bible says, "He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house..." (Prov. 15:27). There are people whom the Bible describes as greedy in the comission of sin (Eph. 4:19). One word that involves and describes greed is the word 'covet.' There are about seven different Hebrew and Greek words that translate covet. "To desire for oneself, to fix the mind on, and to extend the arms for anything" are the meanings of three of these words translated to covet.
"Be Blessed and stay prayed-up".
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