TEACHER:  Ken Hicks

SCRIPTURES: Exodus 20:17

BOTTOM LINE: Covet vs. Contentment … where do we Rest?

QUESTION:   Are we wrestling w/ the tension of a Covetous Spirit vs. Contentment?



Exodus 20:1717 “You must not covet your neighbor’s house. You must not covet your neighbor’s wife, male or female servant, ox or donkey, or anything else that belongs to your neighbor.”

What we have to make sure to understand here is that The 10thCommandment is not forbidding a strong desire in general … it’s the Object of the strong desire which crosses the line into Coveting.

God’s saying here in this final CommandmentWe must not set our sights on that which we have no right to possess.

This Question kept coming to the surface:  Are You Happy?   REALLY Happy? 

Are we satisfied? Are we content?   Here’s what’s crazy: here in this country, we have Paradise, and yet for many of us, we’re still Un-Happy.   If THINGS could make us happy, we’d be inParadiseevery single day.   BUT … we think MORE is BETTER!

And yet, how often is it that the more we have, the less we like it?  If having more would make us Happy, I’m not sure we’d even need this Commandment … it’s because STUFF doesn’t settle this for us.


5 Facts About Coveting:

  1. This is an Invisible Sin..
  2. It’s the Root of ALL Other Sins.
  3. It Begins Close to Home.
  4. It Springs From an Ungrateful Heart.
  5. It Destroys Life.




Discovering Contentment:

  1. Guard Our Heart.
  2. Become a Great Giver!
  3. Ask God to Give Us a Grateful Heart!


How about this for our Prayer:

Lord Jesus, You have given so much to me!  Would you give me 1 more thing?  A Grateful Heart?  Amen!


If we don’t know where to begin, we can start w/ that simple Prayer.  What if we prayed that prayer every day this week?

–       As we get ready in the morning

–       As we drive to school and work

–       As we come home each evening

–       As we pray to close our day

I truly believe if this would become our constant prayer for 7 days, we would be amazed at how God can do a work in our heart!