Commandments VIII, IX, X

Commandment VIII.   

You shall not steal.

        To "steal" means to take from another person something that does not belong to you.

        Do you "steal"? In what ways do you do this? 

Steal, Do you take someone else's property or ideas without their permission?  Do you take things from a store unlawfully and in secret?  Do you deal with others dishonestly, misleading them in deals and transactions that you try to make?  Do you plan ways to get something for nothing, or for less than its value at the hardship of another?  Have you encouraged another person to take that which doesn't belong to them?  Have you suggested to another to act secretly and unlawfully in thought, word or deed in order to attain something?

In most cases, if we are honest with ourselves, we can say, "Yes, I steal."

Editor's Notes:    To steal is to go against the will of God in at least four ways.  First, it breaks the commandment which God set.  Second, it shows a lack of trust in the Lord's provision for your own life.  It shows you willfully taking control of your own needs, separate and apart from the Lord God's provision.  See Matthew 6:19-34.  Thirdly, it violates God's provision for another person.  Fourth, the victim is "trespassed upon" and violated.   Sin is perpetuated and doesn't end until retribution is made.  

Commandment IX.   

You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

        "False" means not true, wrong, lying, dishonest, incorrect. "Testimony" means making a statement under the promise to tell the truth, a declaration of truth. "Neighbor" means any person at all.

satan is the father of lies: John 8:44 - Jesus said to those who opposed Him, "You belong to your father the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies."    See  Acts 5:3,  Rev 21:8        Remedy

        Do you "give false testimony against your neighbor"? In what ways do you do this? 

Lie,     Do you make up stories about someone?  Do you not tell the truth?  Do you give wrong impressions of some things on purpose?  Do you withhold information on purpose to lead someone to the wrong conclusion? Do you misguide others in any area?

    Do your actions show you to be one way while inside you think quite a different way?  Do you words sound one way while your actions do something different?  Do you think in ways that no one knows purposefully hiding the truth about yourself?  Do you find that you get confused as to what is the truth and what is your lie?

    Have you ever been caught in a lie?  Have you ever perjured yourself on the witness stand of a courtroom?  Have you ever sworn to tell the truth and deliberately lied instead?  Have you broken into a cold sweat wondering what to make up as an answer, and how not to get caught? Have you ever wished you could stop lying??     See John 14:6 

In most cases, if we are honest with ourselves, we can say, "Yes, I have given false testimony."

Notes from the Word of God

Jeremiah 17:9     The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?  Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts…" Col 3:15    See 2 Cor 5:17.

Matthew 15:18    Jesus says, "But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man 'unclean'. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are what make a man 'unclean'."

Proverbs 6:16     There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to Him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.

Proverb 26:28     A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth works ruin.   See  Psalm 12

Psalm 50:19     You use your mouth for evil and harness your tongue to deceit.

Remedy John 14:6     Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know Him and have seen Him."    See 2 Cor 5:17 


Commandment X.  

You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

        "Covet" means to want with great desire, to wish for in envy. "Neighbor" means any person at all.

    Do you "Covet" ? In what ways can this be done? 

Covet,  Do you wish you had someone else's pet, or animal, or livestock, or jewelry, or house, or job, or title, or prestige, or respect, or money, or boat, or car, or truck, or motorcycle, or lifestyle, or wife, or slave, or servant, or property, or fill in the blank ?

Do you gamble, play bingo, or the lottery?  Do you live looking for a change in "your luck"?  Do you desire things that are not yours?  Do you long for a different kind of life, and do not go through God to live His Way for His glory?  Do you wish for something else, other than all the gifts provided for you by the Lord God, and the reward of the lifestyle that you have led so far? Read Matthew 6:19-34; 7:7-14. See 2 Cor 5:17

In most cases, if we are honest with ourselves, we can say, "Yes, I covet."

Editor's Notes:    To covet is to go against the will of God in at least three ways.  First, it breaks the commandment which God set.  Second, it shows a lack of trust in the Lord's provision for your own life.  It shows you willfully keeping your mind and heart separate and apart from the Lord God's desires for your life.  See  Psalm 37:1-6 and Matthew 6:19-34.  Thirdly, it violates your relationship with the other person.  No longer do you see them as God sees them, a living breathing soul, made for the glory of the Almighty God, but you see them as a way of attaining your own personal pleasure.  In this way, the person is "trespassed upon" and violated.   Sin is perpetuated and doesn't end until submission to God's Lordship is made.  

What do we do with these facts now?  What do I do now that I know that I cannot enter the gates of heaven and live with a righteous and just God?  I live a Sinful life.

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