Updated: Sep 15
A house divided will fall!
Jealousy is a trap designed to divide us.
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The enemy will influence you to have feelings and thoughts that are foolish but can be effective when you adhere to them.
We are all part of Christ's family (His household), and we all have individual assignments within the family. But jealousy can hinder our success.
We all have a role to play that only we can do. But when you're jealousy you're getting in the way of folks doing their job, and prevent the house of God from functioning properly.
We're told in Hebrews 3:4-5 that Jesus, who God created everything through, is the builder of God's house (Colossians 1:16). And we are, or should be, Jesus's faithful servants in His house like Moses was.
If you're faithful, then you're committed to what God asked you to do. And you understand the importance and need for the other members in the house to do what God needs them to do too. How then can you be jealous of another person who you should be working together with?
In the family of Jesus Christ, we're not a one-man band. By ourselves doing things alone. We need to be working together. Especially since we are stronger together than a part.
Have the attitude of Christ
"Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too." (Philippians 2:1-4 NLT)
For any organization to be effective it needs teamwork, and for the household of God to be effective it needs teamwork.
We must promote each other, work well together, and support each other. But when you are jealous you have fallen into the trap of the enemy. He has successfully convinced you to either sabotage, hold back, or obstruct God's plan.
Satan uses our vulnerabilities like pride and insecurity to blind us from seeing how God uses all of us for His purpose. However, when you allow God to guide you it will help stop your emotions from getting in the way.
Although we're individuals, we all have a purpose, design, and blueprint that will help us better each other.
Sin is deceitful and being jealous is a sin (Hebrews 3:13). Not only that, but it's counterproductive. Proverbs 27:4 (NLT) warns us of the dangers of jealousy. It says, "Anger is cruel, and wrath is like a flood, but jealousy is even more dangerous."
Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives and no longer be jealous of each other (Galatians 5:25-26).
Having knowledge of the Scriptures will allow you to know the characteristics and the nature of God. You'll see that God is kind, gentle, forgiving, patient, understanding, merciful, faithful, and loving—not jealous.
Read more about jealousy in this blog. Here's a snippet:
"Unchecked jealousy grows into envy which can turn deadly. When someone is jealous of you and doesn't address this internal problem, you become a target. They start to attack you by gossiping and lying in hopes of ruining your reputation and more. They have now become a murderer with their mouth by assassinating your character."
It's paramount that we become aware of Satan's schemes so he can no longer suggest thoughts and feelings that are damaging to the household of God.
Find out what God is asking of you and do it well. And as you are living in your purpose support and encourage other members in the family of God.
When we see our own family members creating pathways to success, we're proud. How much more prouder should we be in the family of Christ?
Let’s stop being jealous of each other and instead admire and be happy to see each other succeeding in the household of Christ.
Let’s stop competing but instead support each other. Let’s stop criticizing one another but instead celebrate our accomplishments.
Let’s put aside disharmony so we can carry out bigger goals, and when we do this, we will revolutionize the world. We will show the world what happens when the family of Christ unite and work in fellowship, because there is strength in togetherness.
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A call for salvation
When you accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, His spirit will come to live inside you. This is one of the greatest blessings of salvation. You don't have to go through someone else to get to God, and He will live in your heart where you and Him become one and have a relationship.
All you have to do is make the choice of salvation by repenting of your sins and accepting Jesus into your life by confessing that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that He came from Heaven to die for your sins (Romans 10:9). Once you have done this, please pray and ask God to guide you to a church where you can grow, mature, and start living the abundant life Jesus promised & died for.