Eps 1: Overcoming Jealousy
Jealousy is one of the hardest emotions to control in our everyday lives.
How do we put an end to envy?
Jealous is a sense of being envious of someone who has something we do not have. Being jealous is close to coveting what someone else has or a position that someone holds.
The spiritual danger in jealousy is clearly evident in the pages of the Bible. The 10th Commandment, “You shall not covet,” includes the concept of jealousy. Jealousy is a form of covetousness.
Joseph’s brothers were filled with jealousy over him, the Corinthian church had a problem of being jealous of one another’s spiritual gifts, and Jacob’s wife Rachel had that problem too, just like King Saul in being jealous over David.
Being jealous indicates that we are not satisfied with what God has given us. The Bible tells us to be content with what we have, for God will never fail or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).
What we can learn from these examples is that there is no reason to be jealous of one another. God is not going to respect one person over another. We are all God’s children and have unique calls in our lives, so rather than be jealous of others position or possessions in life, why not accept what God has done through their lives and work together for the common good of the church, because a house divided cannot stand, and a little bit of jealousy can do a lot of harm to others and even to one’s self. Below are some of the common causes of jealousy:
- Unmet expectations.
- A sense of entitlement.
What are the repercussions of Jealousy?
1. Jealousy can lead to your downfall.
For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. – James 3:16
Jealous people often times feel insecure, powerless, and doubt themselves about getting what they are jealous about.
2. Jealousy is more detrimental than wrath or anger.
Wrath is cruel, anger is overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy? – Proverbs 27:4
Jealousy is of the flesh, and fleshy desires/acts never work out for the good of God.
Jealousy can have you so caught up that it could destroy your life, because you’re too busy noticing what others have while you could be losing everything.
3. When you are content, you don’t have to be jealous.
Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. – Philippians 4:11-12
Be content in everything God has provided for you; you have your own set of blessings.
Sometimes we’re so busy counting everyone else’s blessings that we forget to count our own.
What to do?
When you recognize this spirit in your presence, remember you have the power of the Holy Spirit within you to overcome it; Call it out.
If you feel you have this spirit upon you, STOP and REPENT. Ask the Holy Spirit to come in and bind that spirit, so you can see your own blessings God has for you and has provided for you.
Submit to God. Have Faith and read the Word of God in the Bible. Once you are equipped with the armor of God, the attacks and spirits of jealousy will have a hard time entering your atmosphere.