10. You Shall Not Limit Yourself by Coveting That Which is Another’s — Claim Your Own

By Rev. John W. Adams

Whatever you choose as your greater prosperity, it begins within your own mind. Everything you desire has its beginning within yourself. When you make a purchase exchange money for a product that transaction takes place in your own thinking. It is a process of using your mental faculties of faith, imagination, wisdom and judgment.

First, you image yourself with the desired object. Then you use your faith to demonstrate that, either through purchase or as a gift. And, through this activity, you exercise wisdom and good judgment (hopefully) in taking action toward making your desired good, yours.

Through the first nine of these articles based on Prosperity’s Ten Commandments, I have sought to help you to establish yourself in right thinking about God, yourself, other people, and the world. Especially, I have endeavored to help you think more prosperously toward everything; to create greater prosperity consciousness so as to attract to you, the great abundance you desire. If you have not read all of the previous lessons of this series, I recommend that you do so.

In this article, we are dealing with the tenth commandment of prosperity which has to do with transactions in the inner realm of mind, specifically, covetousness, the root cause of stealing and adultery.

Georgiana Tree West wrote: Covetousness is always the root cause of adultery. The inordinate desire for that which belongs to another culminates in these two evils. Covetousness is also largely responsible for lying and killing although other causes frequently enter into those two violations of law . . . the root cause of covetousness is man’s failure to look to God as the source of his supply.”

It seems that, in getting caught up in daily activity, we tend to forget that supply is limitless. Regardless of what it is, that which has been produced can be reproduced.

This should be kept in mind, especially when your money supply seems to be running low. Instead of saying, “I am running out of money,” you should say, “It is time for a refilling of my money supply from the unlimited storehouse of Infinite Plenty!” This should be done, of course, while looking to God for replenishment and not to other people, particularly, that which is theirs. You should seek your own.

If you covet that which is anothers, you limit yourself because of a false belief that God is unable to supply you with your heart’s desires. Covetousness is based in a belief of not enough for everyone.

Sometimes, we may mistakenly believe that another person has what we want. The Truth is: Only God has what we want. If we desire, however what another person has for sale, and we wish to pay for that item, then that’s okay because of release by the other person. Sometimes, and more often than we really like to think, someone will covet that which is another’s and proceed to steal it. But he has a problem: He does not know God as the source of his supply.Until he learns that, he will continue to suffer want and to steal from others.

Quite a number of years ago, someone entered my home through an open window and took several hundred dollars worth of camera equipment, and a few other items. I must admit, it took me a while to really forgive that person, and to realize that he had a much bigger problem than I did.

At least for a while, I gave in to feelings of loss, anger, and a desire to punish him. Then, remembering that God is the source of my supply, and that there were other cameras and God would provide me with a good replacement, I was able to bless and forgive that misguided person, send him love, and release the matter to God. I even thanked him for helping me to create a vacuum for the universe to fill! I especially let go all thought of loss.

Then, rather quickly, I acquired a more sophisticated camera that takes very good pictures. I have used it for many years and only recently decided to invest in a new Digital camera.

Georgiana Tree West wrote: When we place our faith in God as the source of our prosperity, we can rejoice in the good of others, because we understand that there is plenty for them and for us. We have learned to obey prosperity’s tenth commandment: You shall not limit yourself by coveting that which is anothers. You shall claim your own.

Desire is the first indication of some good that God has for you. However, coveting tends to entomb that desire in ignorance and keep it from coming to you. Instead of wanting what someone else has, use that as a sample of the good that you can ask God for.

Coveting is a way of short-circuiting spiritual energy and causes you to fail to demonstrate. Faith is necessary to make your demonstration. But your faith must be placed squarely in God as not only the source of your supply, but the supply itself. Since God is omnipresent, then your supply is omnipresent, too, which means that it is always where you are all the time. You appropriate it through imagination and faith.

A lesson everyone must learn if we are to demonstrate continuing abundant supply is: Belief in divine supply remedies all mistakes and delivers into form, through faith, according to the pattern (image) of the desire. The hidden truth in Prosperity’s tenth commandment is that we are to cease limiting ourselves by desiring that which belongs to another. We are to learn to claim our own from God, the one and only source of supply.


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Demonstrates Health & Prosperity! I am writing to tell you that there have been wonderful answers to my prayer request. I am now demonstrating good health and have been promoted in my work, which will give me a nice increase in income. This is really great! Kindly continue praying with me for the achieving of all of my goals. Thank you for your wonderful help. God bless you! – W. F. Ghana, – West Africa

Prosperity Prayer: Know that God is my source, I take my eye off my neighbor¹s wealth; I claim my own. Every day in every way, I enjoy more and more prosperity!

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