To understand how to overcome covetousness, it is essential to understand its source. In Mark 7:21-23, Jesus teaches:

For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person.

Covetousness stems from our sinful nature and our inclination to satisfy our own selfish desires without considering the consequences.

The solution

So what can be done to avoid covetousness or to free oneself from it when under its yoke?

✓ Cultivate satisfaction in God!

The key to overcoming covetousness is to find our satisfaction in God alone. In Psalm 73:25-26, the psalmist declares:

Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

When our hearts are filled with the love of God, when we find our contentment in Him, selfish desires and covetousness lose their power over us. By seeking an intimate relationship with God, meditating on His Word, and surrendering to His will, we find liberation from covetousness.

By Cultivating your satisfaction in God, you find your contentment in Him. This is a process that requires intention and regular practice. Here are some keys I suggest to help you in this endeavor:

✓ Prayer:

Prayer is a powerful means of cultivating an intimate relationship with God. Take time each day to draw near to Him, talk to Him about your concerns, express your gratitude to Him, and entrust your desires to Him. Ask God to help you find your satisfaction in Him alone.

✓ Meditation on the Word of God:

The Bible is the living Word of God. Make it a habit to meditate on the teachings of the Bible, to reflect on its truths, and to apply them in your daily life. Meditation will help you understand the character of God, His promises, and His will for your life.

✓ Gratitude: Cultivate a spirit of gratitude towards God.

Be aware of the many blessings you have received from Him, big and small, and express your gratitude to Him. Gratitude will help you recognize God’s sufficiency and find your contentment in Him rather than in material possessions.

✓ Fellowship:

Surround yourself with committed believers who share your faith. Participate in Bible study groups, prayer services, and community service activities with other Christians. Fellowship encourages you and helps you grow spiritually.


This text is an extract from the book “ECHO MENTALITY” written by Kitoko Yuwayako Denis.

We invite you to read the following article “HUMAN IS ABOVE ALL SPIRIT“.

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