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Killing Kryptonite – May 5
May 5, 2021

Killing Kryptonite – May 5

May 5, 2021

Killing Kryptonite

May 5, 2021

Idolatry & Believers

Just a like a spouse that is unfaithful, when we give ourselves to , we are unfaithful to Jesus Christ.

The example of King Saul – 1 Samuel 15:7-9, 1 Samuel 15:10-11

  • Saul did not give God the , the He deserved. He wasn’t faithful to God.
  • Why didn’t God focus on all that Saul did, rather than the that he didn’t do?
  • To God,  obedience was not obedience at all, but rather it was . 1 Samuel 15:23

When our , , and  have been placed above God’s, it is idolatry. An idol is anything we put 

  • began to take hold of Saul.
  • He became:
    • Full of
    • A hateful  of God’s servants
    • Consulting a  instead of God
  • When we have a relationship with God, but choose our own desires over what He’s clearly revealed in scripture, we become to our own .


Merriam-Webster defines contentment as “feeling or showing satisfaction with one’s , , or .”

We can’t properly  unless we are content. Outward actions and word can appear unselfish or even self-denying, but if they are not founded in contentment, they will be fueled by

  • Philippians 4:11
  • 1 Timothy 6:6
  • 1 Timothy 6:8

Contentment is 

  • John 4:34
  • Psalm 40:8

Contentment should not be confused with .

  • Hebrew 5:7
  • John 2:13-16
  • John 6:57
  • John 8:14


Covetousness is the perfect  of contentment. 

  • Colossians 3:1-4
  • Matthew 6:33

Satan’s first major attack against Jesus is the same thing he uses against us today: tempting us to move from being with the provision to getting provision our own way.

When we God, (passionately desiring his heart and pleasure) we will find our minds becoming on the things above.

  • Colossians 3:5-6

Paul says that when we move out of contentment into covetousness, we have moved from a relationship of with God into and .

The Greek word translated as covetousness in these verses is pleonexia.
A few definitions:

  • Pillar Bible Commentary: “Inappropriate desire for more”
  • BDAG: “The state of desiring to have more than one’s due”
  • CCE: “It implies a self-idolizing, grasping spirit”

When we don’t put His kingdom first, we will grasp for what we believe we need to be satisfied. We’ll seek out , wealth and material gain, fame, , , reputation, , fulfillment, , authority, , and many other wants from a self-idolizing posture.

Contentment and covetousness are

Contentment moves us away from idolatry and to the of God, while covetousness us from God and drives us to the of idolatry.

  • Hebrews 13:5-6






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