A topic that is close to my heart: Shopping! We all know that women love to shop. There’s no disputing that. A quick glimpse at that ‘50% off sale’ sign gets the heart rate up!
What is it about clothes, shoes and jewelry that can capture a woman’s attention so much?
Was there a reason satan chose to approach Eve in the garden? Ask yourself these questions (if you get the answers, please let me know!)
Exactly how many bottles of perfume does one have to own before it is categorized as covetous? The average cost of a bottle of designer perfume is USD80. Some can go as high as USD 300! How many bottles do have on your dresser right now?
Not into perfumes? Do you find yourself thinking, “Where can I fit all these shoes?” If you own less than 10 pairs of shoes, let me know by commenting at the end of this blog, you may actually be classed as special, lol. So you have all the primary colors, but wait! You must have a pair of turquoise shoes to go with that outfit! Nothing else will do. Or do you own shoes that you completely forgot about? Then you have too many!
Do you own everyday items of clothing that you have not worn for at least one year? Then it’s time to start giving away!
When you pass by a store to “window shop” or you browse the internet, do these words frequently come out your mouth? “I had no intentions of shopping, but these shoes are just too cute! I must have it.” “These tops are so in style now, I must have one” or “this will look so great with my new pants.”
How much is too much?! When does it become greed and lust?
The bible warns us against covetousness and greed, these are things that we must guard our selves against.
Luke 12 verse 15 says “Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
Ecclesiastes 1:8-9 “All things are wearisome, more than one can say. The eye never has enough of seeing, nor the ear its fill of hearing. What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.”
Do you have your guard up on your wallet? Often we don’t see the evil in this kind of greed. We play it off as innocent fun; something that all ladies struggle with. What happens when your resources run out, but the intense desire to have more is still there? What happens when “innocent greed” turns to lust? Lust can never be satisfied. What happens when God says “no, you can’t have that handbag”? Do you listen and leave the store? Or do you say in your heart, “well I’m not hurting anyone, it’s not like it’s a sin.”
Everything should be determined by the Spirit of God in us.
Even though we live in the new covenant and the laws of God are written in our hearts, we still like to see something written in black and white saying “over ten pairs of shoes is a sin.” Now please, don’t break out in a sweat, I just used that as an example, don’t worry. You’ll still make it to heaven even though you have double that amount…lol!
Romans 7: 7-8 says “What shall we say, then? Is the law sinful? Certainly not! Nevertheless, I would not have known what sin was had it not been for the law.” For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, produced in me every kind of coveting.
Let’s not fool ourselves; we don’t need a law to tell us that our shopping habits ha
ve become greed. Anything in this world that you “must have” can become lust in yo
ur life. The bible always clears things up for me.
1 John 2: 15-17 “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passes away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abides for ever”.
James 1:14-15 “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death”.
If you feel convicted by this blog, it simply means that you need to start allowing God into this area of your life.
Not because I said so, but because your love for things can lead to lust, and we saw in the scripture above where lust ends.
Why not make your next purchase a gift for someone who can only have one bottle of fragrance mist on their dresser. You have enough! It’s time to start giving and thinking of those around you who can’t afford greed. It will bring great joy to see the smile on the face of someone who receives a gift from you, just because you want to bless them as you have been blessed.
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