Uncovering Covetousness In The Heart

“Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor manservant, nor the maidservant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is thy neighbor’s”.(Exodus 20:17 KJV)

 

How easy is it to want what someone has? Personally, I think it’s way too easy to do. The one thing that I have learned in my life is to never envy what someone else has. This lesson came at a very young age and it has enabled me to be strong and at ease with who I am, what I have, and what I have been chosen to do. My sweet Granny always says,” Never want what someone else has because you never know what they had to sacrifice to get it.” Many times on the social media platforms what you see is a staged reality. Staged, meaning it is arranged for the desired impression. Truth be told, it isn’t a reliable indicator of true happiness or contentment.

                                                          KEEPING UP WITH THE JONES’S

As humans, there seems to be an innate tendency to compare our quality of life, possessions, accomplishments, successes, and future goals to people around us. The list of life comparison is endless and pointless. It is harmless to admire or be excited about another person’s things. However, if you desire it for yourself then you have just bought into the slippery slope of feeling defeated, ungrateful, and jealous. More and more people are experiencing feelings of inadequacy because of comparison, which lays the groundwork for jealousy and it breeds insecurity. You’ve heard the old saying, If you aren’t careful you will spend money you don’t have to impress people you don’t like”. The price of wanting to feel validated by the number of likes will have you in constant motion unable to be grounded with ease. This is a heart issue that has to be acknowledged and given to God so that He could restore you. This could also be an indicator that you are becoming consumed with other people lives. God is your source and we should rely on Him to meet our needs and give you true joy. Just think for a second, If you could be someone else or your life would be better if you had more. What are you really saying to God? He didn’t get it quite right with you or your things.

TRUST IN GOD

Securing the bag, the man, the woman, the shoes, or the car doesn’t add stature to your esteem. Yes, you may have a sense of temporary fulfillment. Eventually, you find yourself returning to the low place because it seems you can’t keep it up. The temporary fix will never resolve the problem. Exercise the muscle in your spiritual life of contentment. Thank God for everything that He has done and who He is. I challenge you to thank Him for the prayers that He didn’t answer and things He didn’t allow you to have. Practice this daily and the spirit of thanksgiving will evict jealousy and insecurity out of your heart and spirit.

Keep your life free from the love of money, and be content with what you have, for He said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you”. (Hebrews 13:5 ESV)

Be Blessed,

KBKORNER

False Testimony

Hello, if you are keeping up with our blog you know that today we are starting our series on the 10 commandments. One of the commandments that I think is easily looked over and ignored is the 9th commandment “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.Exodus 20:16 (NIV) This commandment simply means do not lie, speak falsely, equivocate, or deceive the people around.

In modern-day terminology, this includes rumors, gossiping, and being messy! This is all the “shade” that you can speak at the cost of other people. I believe that each and every one of us can think of a time that we lied on someone or someone has lied on us but that doesn’t mean that it is acceptable.

Call for Independence

Recently I went out of town and visited family that I haven’t seen in a while. I have been absent from that town for years but when I got home I started to hear all the rumors about me during my absence. Things that I never did, words that I never said but yet that was the environment that I walked into. It hurts because even though I came for the love the hate followed along. For years I didn’t give anyone anything to talk about so they created their own storyline for my life.

Not once did anyone call me? No one ever sent me a text, email, or direct message but yet they spoke falsely. It wouldn’t have hurt me if it was random town people but it hurt because it was people that I called family. It could have taken one person to discover the truth of a situation. It takes one person to not spread misery. And I believe that was the reason the Lord put that as a commandment is because He knew the sickness behind it. Spreading lies is like a plague.

I forgave them because some people sin out of ignorance including myself. I also forgave them because of the misery that they held… I didn’t want that to spread to myself. My relationship with God has taught me that you don’t have to be mean because other people around you are. You don’t have to speak negatively on someone character without knowing that person. You can be your own person with the risk that you may not always fit in. It’s okay to be the light in a room full of darkness.

I believe that all of us have fallen short of the 9th commandment. However, if you are reading this we have time to change. The plague can come to an end. We can ask the Lord for forgiveness for our self as well as others.

Ask for Forgiveness

“Lord forgive me for any seeds that I have planted that is unlike you Lord. Lord forgive me for the sins I have commented even in my ignorance. Please forgive me for any lie that I have told, any rumor I have spread, any gossip that has lingered on my tongue and any behavior that is not in your likeness.

Lord, I love you and I need you. Please purse and purify my soul. For Lord I praise your name, I surrender myself and give myself to you. Work in me for the greater of your kingdom”

In the Lord’s name, we pray

-Amen

K.T Jackson ❤

BACK TO THE FOUNDATION

 

In the U.S., when I think about the laws they are in place to protect, govern, and regulate various areas in society. Could you imagine for a brief moment a  lawless society? The thought of that is alarming. The upcoming posts over the next few weeks will be a series taking an in-depth look at the Ten Commandments. In the Bible, God gave Moses the ten commandments for the children of Israel as a standard of how to live. How many times do we hear the comment, ”You must live holy?” You may have heard it so many times you no longer keep count if you grew up in the church life. Or maybe you’ve never heard the comment so this is new for you. My prayer for all that takes time to read the weekly post is that you can learn something new, fortify your faith, and anchor your heart in the arms of the Jesus. More than just having something inspirational to read, we want to give you God’s word and a weekly dose of truth. The biblical truth may be deemed offensive and controversial by a few because it targets the hidden things in our flesh, heart, and minds that is not like God. In God’s truth, there is true liberty that can’t be justified with an explanation, but must be experienced. The ten commandments  are in place to protect and govern the true believers of God. The world will think the laws are antiquated, laughable and non- applicable in this present day. I pray that you posture your heart and mind to be strengthened and renewed by God’s word through this  study.

 

 

“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discern er of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”(Hebrews 4:12 KJV)

 

 

Be Blessed,

KBKORNER

BACK TO THE FOUNDATION

 

 

In the U.S., when I think about the laws they are in place to protect, govern, and regulate various areas in society. Could you imagine for a brief moment a  lawless society? The thought of that is alarming. The upcoming posts over the next few weeks will be a series taking an in-depth look at the Ten Commandments. In the Bible, God gave Moses the ten commandments for the children of Israel as a standard of how to live. How many times do we hear the comment, ”You must live holy?” You may have heard it so many times you no longer keep count if you grew up in the church life. Or maybe you’ve never heard the comment so this is new for you. My prayer for all that takes time to read the weekly post is that you can learn something new, fortify your faith, and anchor your heart in the arms of the Jesus. More than just having something inspirational to read, we want to give you God’s word and a weekly dose of truth. The biblical truth may be deemed offensive and controversial by a few because it targets the hidden things in our flesh, heart, and minds that is not like God. In God’s truth, there is true liberty that can’t be justified with an explanation, but must be experienced. The ten commandments  are in place to protect and govern the true believers of God. The world will think the laws are antiquated, laughable and non-applicable in this present day. I pray that you posture your heart and mind to be strengthened and renewed by God’s word through this  study.

 

 

“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”(Hebrews 4:12 KJV)

 

 

Be Blessed,

KBKORNER

Prayer for a Busy Day

What gain has the worker from his toil? I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live;  also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.

-Ecclesiastes 3:9-13

On this very busy Monday I wanted to advise all of my fellow hard workers that your work in not in vain. Continue to push hard for yourself as well as your family. You will soon reap that benefits of your hard labor. For every season has a reason!

Here is a prayer to help you make it through the day!

“Lord I just thank you for who you are and who you continue to be. Lord give me the power and the strength to overcome what the day brings me. Give me motivation to do as much as I can and the wisdom to know when enough is enough. Lord for without you I am nothing but with you I am everything. Lord may you bless everything I touch and in your name let it prosper. Lord I thank you and give you the praise in advance”

-Amen

May the Lord follow you within every workplace, home, school, and along any journey you may follow.

K.T Jacks ❤

THE TRUTH IS FREEDOM

The word truth can be defined as the quality or state of being accurate or in alignment. How many times have you heard someone say,”keep it 100, just be honest with me, or give it to me straight? You hear the phrases so often that it is cliché. However, when an assessment is done does a person really mean it or not? In order to handle the truth, you must be willing to humble yourself and not allow your ego to be a stumbling block. If the truth given in the spirit of love is taken as an attack and not assistance it becomes easy to walk in the spirit of offense. Can I remind you of how much God loves you? He loves you so much that he wants His followers to know His voice. He forewarns us about things that are happening in the world around us. God is clear in the bible on how we should live, love, and believe. The word of God’s is established and doesn’t need defending. No matter how the world’s views, philosophy, or ideas evolve it has no impact on the word of God. The word of God doesn’t change.

LIES, LIES, AND MORE LIES

Lies, deception, and smoke screens have seeped into the house of worship,  Christian music, movies, and even faith-based literature. The bible even prepared us for these occurrences as well.” But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who secretly bring in destructive heresies (opposing belief), even denying the Lord who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction”.(2 Peter 2:1).In order to differentiate between bible based word and worldly philosophy, you must study the word of God. The word of God is powerful and brings clarity. When you hear, see, or read a message that contradicts the word of God then you know that’s a LIE! It is very important to check the source. Sometimes the information that is given to us is not bible based and it has been derived from another religion. You must research and study on your own time and ask the Lord to give you revelation. Remember agents of the enemy are everywhere (church, seminary, music, school, government) think outside the of the church. Their main agenda is to attack your foundation and faith and cause you to question your stance with God.

In our day to day activities, many of us try to make informed decisions. We will research, discuss, and make sure that the source is credible and reliable. When a news reporter prepares to run a story, they have to check the source and make sure that all the details that are gathered are accurate. God’s desire for us is not to fall prey to false teachings. He wants us to take heed and hold fast to His word. God’s word protects, corrects, redirects and rebuke. Satan’s job is to confuse, distort, and lure you away from God and the truth. God’s word will set you free and that is no lie!

Food for Thought

Keep this in mind when you want to know the difference.”Did this idea,  message or thought being presented to me come to bring clarity or contradiction to the word of God?  Is there clarity or confusion as a result of it? Am I being drawn to God or pulled away?

After that do the research in the bible and know for yourself.

“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needed not to be ashamed, rightfully dividing the word of truth.”(2 Tim. 2:15).

Stay Alert,

KBKORNER

Running to the Word

Many times we run to others for words of wisdom instead of going to the Word of God. Sometimes other people are not equipped to handle the burdens of our life and other people may not have the answers for your life. However, the Lord will not mislead us nor confuse us. Follow His Words for each empty place within yourself. Here are a couple of my go-to bible verses when life seems a little too much to handle. 

When it’s time to start a long day– This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24)

When I need motivation–  For I know the plans I have for you, “declares the Lord,” plans to prosper you and not to hard you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)

When I am sad– But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. (Psalm 3:3)

When I feel anxious– Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition,  with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. ( Philippians 4:6)

When I feel like what I have isn’t enough– Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)

When I am overwhelmed–  He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10)

When I am grieving– Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. (Matthew 5:4)

When I feel alone– So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)

Life isn’t always easy. But with God, you can live a joyful, happy, and purpose-driven life. Thank you for reading & I pray this helps you just as much as it helps me. ❤

K.T Jacks ❤