Updated: Apr 29, 2021
1 John 3:20 AMPC Whenever our hearts in [tormenting] self-accusation make us feel guilty and condemn us. [For we are in God’s hands.] For He is above and greater than our consciences (our hearts), and He knows (perceives and understands) everything [nothing is hidden from Him].
We have learned that Guilt, Anger, Greed, and Jealousy are the four primary enemies of the heart—four life-blocking agents that become lodged in the heart/soul of a person, poisoning our relationships, our faith, and our character. Today we will continue to exterminate the enemy of our hearts called Greed: Getting free of me!!!
Exterminating enemy number three: Greed
# 3 Greed: I owe me.
The person whose heart is coated with greed believes he/she has earned the good things that have come their way and, therefore, is determined to control their possessions and wealth the way they see fit.
In the areas where greed lives, you will have a supersized sense of ownership.
All greed is fueled by fear. Finding the root.
Read Hebrews 13:5 AMPC
The hidden fear and root of all greed is that God can’t or won’t take care of you!
Therefore, if God won’t, I will! A greedy heart will often save or hoard to protect themselves from God!
God’s warning to the heart that uses greed to be God instead of trust God!
Read Luke 12:15-21 AMPC
You don’t actually have to have extra to be greedy. As long as you plan to spend whatever comes your way on yourself, you’re a candidate.
Generous giving breaks the grip of greed on your life.
Read Genesis 12:2-3 AMPC
Greed is not a feeling; it’s a refusal to act.
If you’re not willing to give to the point that it impacts your lifestyle, then according to Jesus you’re greedy.
If you’re consuming or saving to the point of having little or nothing left to give, you’re greedy.
Read 2 Corinthians 9:7-8 NLT
“Don’t wait until God changes your heart to begin giving. Giving is the way God chooses to change our hearts.”
The revelation of who really owns it all is the key to conquering fear and greed.
When we come to terms with the fact that we really are just the manager of someone else’s assets, we will experience a freedom that “owners” never experience.
You’ll be free from the fear of loss in this life—and more concerned with avoiding total loss in the life to come.
1 Chronicles 29:10-12 AMPC 10 Therefore David blessed the Lord before all the assembly and said, Be praised, adored, and thanked, O Lord, the God of Israel our [forefather], forever and ever. 11 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and the earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and Yours it is to be exalted as Head over all. 12 Both riches and honor come from You, and You reign over all. In Your hands are power and might; in Your hands it is to make great and to give strength to all.