by Henry W. Wright
Envy and Jealousy is not just an emotion. It's not just a feeling. The Principality of Envy and Jealousy is an entity. It's a being with a personality. It expresses itself through us and its nature is very destructive. Envy and Jealousy is a spiritual problem that is at the root to many of our diseases. The principality of Envy and Jealousy has a mission. Its mission is to divide. Its desire is to separate and divide the body of Christ, destroy relationships, separate families, split churches, wreck marriages and cause animosity between neighbors. It always goes right to bitterness.
Envy and Jealousy's main goal is to take our eyes off God and put our eyes on others. Envy and Jealousy will make others our source of value and fulfillment. But of course, the value and fulfillment is not there. God is our source but Envy and Jealousy always suggests that God is not able to provide for us and God will not take care of us. Envy and Jealousy never leaves us alone. It will never leave us at peace. It will always have us comparing our self to someone else. When we don't accept who we are and what God is doing in our life at our own level, Envy and Jealousy will keep us from being who we really are and no matter how much we have, we are never satisfied if we have Envy and Jealousy.
Envy and Jealousy is rooted in Covetousness.
Heb 13:5 "Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."
In this scripture "without covetousness" is # 866 in Strong's Concordance. It means "without gain." So let your conversation "be without regard to gain." We should not seek gain at the expense of another. Have you ever seen someone who is trying to get the upper hand over someone else in a business deal? They strategize to gain at the expense of another person. This is rooted in covetousness which is rooted in Envy and Jealousy, which is rooted in the lack of ability to trust God to meet your needs. It is a form of Unbelief and Doubt and faithlessness.
Covetousness can include things beside money. Covetousness always desires something. It can include Lust, the Pride of Life, keeping up with the Joneses, coveting your neighbor's wife, comparing yourself with others ... clothing, good looks, or their healing! You may compare your state of disease with someone else's state of health. A proverb to deal with Envy, Jealousy and Covetousness is found in the Bible.
Matthew 6:33 "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."
Envy & Jealousy Book by Henry W. Wright
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