It has been on my heart lately to disconnect from social media. Not for the sake of a trend but due to realizing my heart’s true state. My latest conversations with God and my boyfriend have been about covetousness, how frequently this sin is practiced in our lives, how much influence it has in the church, and the ill result of entertaining it. I have come to realize it is one of those “respectable sins” or sin of omission. Much like unrighteous anger, bitterness, doubt, and so on. Meaning, many Christians (including myself) have failed to realize God’s opinion toward the matter and how detrimental it is to the life of a Believer.
“Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.” Exodus 20:17
“You shall not covet” means that we should banish our desires for whatever does not belong to us. Never having enough money is regarded as a symptom of the love of money. Obedience to the tenth commandment requires that envy be banished from the human heart.- Wiki
Almost anyone would conclude that social media plays a big role in forming covetous ways of thinking in someone’s life. This conclusion has led me to desire to permanently disconnect from Facebook and the like. As I’ve toyed with this idea the past few days, I have come to realize more and more how affected I was by covetousness when I log on to “scroll down my timeline”. This isn’t something I desire to entertain any longer. The desire to post pictures of a certain event/date or of a gift or a particular selfie has revealed itself to be rooted in covetousness and a desire to receive the approval of others. When I came to this realization and began to ask myself the reason for such actions, I recognized how much I was affected by a covetous way of thinking and how deluded it has made my unconscious way of thinking. On the surface I do not care for much glam but deep down, the root of my discontentment was not severed. Those faint thoughts of comparing my current life situation, relationship, and things I may not have, has caused me to see how deep and prevalent those symptoms have become. Due to this, I’ve “caught” myself posting or desiring to do things in reaction to my hearts discontentment so that I could feel better about my life in comparison to others. When I realized what this did to the heart of the God I serve, I decided to begin to let it go.
I believe the root of such issues began at an early age; which I presume most can relate. Watching TV shows, commercials, and movies that fill my mind with the idea that what I currently have is not enough. Due to the fact that my childhood wasn’t the prettiest and lacked godly teaching about being content and truly satisfied in what I had, my heart longing for more and what seemed better began to settle its roots. So as my boyfriend and I discussed this one night, I realized one of Satan’s tactics he has been using since the garden of Eden. Before Eve ate of the forbidden tree, she not only heard what Satan was telling her but also LISTENED. Meaning, she considered what Satan was offering her and the lack thereof. It was in that mental place where she found herself coveting over something God NEVER had planned for her. She looked at the surface, what she could currently benefit from that good looking tree and the possibility of being made like God.
Yet, the root of discontentment didn’t start there. The more you study the account of Adam and Eve being tempted, you see Satan’s demise to deceive God’s creation started with distorting their view of Him. If he could get them to second guess who God really is and what He said then his seed of discontentment would have a lasting root…..
BUT, the solution to such issues is realizing what God has for us is ENOUGH for your current situation and situations to come. Although Satan still uses those same tactics and have infiltrated almost every media stream and conversation, we don’t have to live in it and surely don’t have to tolerate it as being our norm.
“But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust has conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” James 1:14-15
As you can see, it all starts in the mind, what we consider, and hold as truth. Which is why the scripture describes believers as those who’s “understanding has been enlightened” Eph. 1:18 and those who reject the truth as those who’s “conscience has been seared with a hot iron” 1 Tim. 4:2. So as a beloved daughter of the King, I choose to submit myself to God’s pruning and cleansing truth so that the infectious ways of sin may no longer have any foot hole in my way of thinking.
Therefore, I’m thoroughly excited about what this journey holds and how much my focus will transform. As a woman and as a child of God, I see the deep necessity for this. I speak for myself on this blog but I am not going to act like other women in the faith don’t deal with this either. So I pray that this blog ministers to you and as you find yourself discussing this topic and many other issues with The Lord, I pray that you be obedient to whatever He tells you because the end will result in you truly living on earth as it is in heaven….
“…Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.” 1 Samuel 15:22
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24
Written by Elena A Martinez