Today, I bring you a post from my sweet e-friend Marja Meijers. Her new book My Neighbor’s House is out today and I’m helping her spread the word. Here’s Marja to tell you all about it. Take it away, Marja…
Believe it or not, but I did it again. Yep, I wrote another book about one of the Ten Commandments. I know, I know… this may not sound too exciting, but wait!
Let me entice you into reading My Neighbor’s House by revealing the sub title, which I think is way cool: Digging deeper to find the treasure that will satisfy the longing of your heart.
Yes, I would like to take you on a treasure hunt, a biblical treasure hunt I should add. Unfortunately, many people see the Bible as a bunch of rules—nothing more, nothing less.
That is a pretty short-sighted perspective if you ask me, and quite a shame because it is the world’s best-selling book, and it holds the words of life. It is my desire to write about the commandments from a fresh perspective, and I hope to be able to (re)ignite a love for God’s Word among believers. It is time to dust the scriptures off!
That is why, in this series about the Ten Commandments in the twenty-first century, I have purposely put emphasis on the promises, blessings, and hidden treasures in the Bible. I have done so by looking at the old teachings through the eyes of Jesus.
Jesus had a way of turning the Old Testament commandments upside down and inside out, not necessarily by keeping or obeying them but by fulfilling them. In My Neighbor’s House, we will take a closer look at the last one of the Ten Commandments.
Yes, the one about desiring our neighbor’s house, his wife, and all his other stuff. What do we do with the old pages of Exodus 20 in this current age and time? How do we apply them in our daily life? It is one thing to say, “Oh, I don’t envy my neighbor, his house, car, or wife. I don’t desire what someone else has.”
But come to think of it, what do we desire? What are the desires of our heart? Are we passionate for the right things?
When I first became a believer, I noticed that a change of behavior was not the automatic result of my salvation. The Holy Spirit started this ongoing sanctification process in my life. This battle between self and spirit goes on in the life of every Christian, as we all know.
It is my desire to share some basic insights on this subject that will help you to fight the good fight of faith. I have learned and slowly grown over the years by listening to my pastors, by studying the Word, by obeying the Holy Spirit, by reading books and by interacting with other believers.
I am honored and delighted to be able to share my experiences in this book, as I have done in the previous books in this series, in order to inspire and help you as you and your loved ones go forward in your walk with the Lord.
In My Neighbor’s House, we will take a closer look at natural and spiritual desires and how they will shape our life. We will learn where desires come from, how to replace destructive ones with uplifting ones, and who knows?
We will learn a bit more about God’s desires for our lives. So whether you are struggling with reoccurring sin in your life, addictions, complacency, or depression, this book will help you to stir up healthy and godly desires in your heart.
***Marja’s new book In My Neighbor’s House can be found here.
You can check out more of Marja’s writing on her site Fresh Insights on Ancient Truths.