The Bible says that the Spirit of God departed from Saul when a spirit of jealousy entered him!
Today the Spirit of God will not depart from a believer when jealousy enters, but that spirit will blind us and cause us to stumble.
“But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord troubled him.” – 1 Samuel 16:14
We need to be careful that a spirit of jealousy does not take hold of us and put out the Spirit’s fire on the inside of us!- You don’t want the ‘wrong’ kind of fire to consume you; it can if you let the spirit of jealousy in.
Rather the word of God says, that we must be consumed by the presence of the LORD and the deep things of God!
Hebrews 12:29 “for our God is a consuming fire.”
There can be much-unspoken jealousy in the Body of Christ. Jealousy brings division. Even Fivefold ministers can struggle with this, but perhaps very few might admit it.
For a simple example, someone gets a promotion in the church before you do. You see it as unfair and it escalates from there.
God has made everything beautiful in its right season so don’t worry, your time will come when you are ready and the time is right.
The seasons and times belong to God alone. They are not for us to control but to fulfil our purpose and mission as we travel to our destiny. We have to be very mindful about those that sow discord among the brethren. They may be trying to undermine the very existence of the ministry that they are a part of. If you keep resisting it will frustrate their plans and they will walk away lying blame on a particular individual. I say to you this morning “Let not your hearts be troubled” and STAND your ground. Believe that your existence is built on the rock that Jesus promised to build His church. The gates of hell will not be able to prevail far less get under your skin. Do not walk away for that is what the enemy wants you to do. I say DO NOT move an inch brethren. The power is yours and I encourage you to use it and laugh at the enemy.
1. Jealousy is a devouring spirit.
It will feed insecurity.
It is the opposite of faith because by being jealous of what someone else has, people stop believing in their own destiny that God has purposefully set up for every believer uniquely.
2. Jealousy causes us to envy.
Envy can cause us to covet things that really are not part of our “spiritual makeup”. For example specific gifts or positions.
Deal with insecurity, deal with issues that cause jealousy to get healing and move forward. – All those things that are meant for us, will come as the Spirit leads in God’s time. Never try to be something or someone you are not! It will always be a struggle!
3. Jealousy closes us off to God’s truth.
If jealousy is inside of us, it closes us off to the truth. We cannot receive from those over us in the LORD because we will refuse to hear and see them as mentors, but rather we will always be looking to “compete” instead of receiving.
Be sure you are first receiving and standing in agreement with those joined to your ministry before you draw off or acknowledge voices on the outside.
When we start acknowledging everyone on the ‘outside’ before those we are joined in covenant with, and they rarely seem to acknowledge those we are joined to; this is the start of a jealous spirit which leads to a religious spirit because it causes us to be ‘selective’, picking and choosing what we want to accept or receive including what the Word of God says.
4. Jealousy hardens the heart.
Jealousy has devoured and hardened people’s hearts, it causes them to leave churches, it causes leaders, to fragment, it causes churches to split because its root is pride and insecurity.
It distorts perceptions of self and others.
It creates spiritual blindness in not honouring those God has put in our midst to guide and help us.
We cannot honour those we envy or are jealous of, it is a paradox! It is a constant struggle.
5. Jealousy is a sign of spiritual immaturity.
Jealousy is a sign of spiritual immaturity because with jealousy we are still seeing things from a worldly perspective.
When we are looking from this perspective we see the ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’ and we are draw conclusions about how God sees us and loves us from circumstances, not from a point of faith. When we look from a carnal perspective it kills vision.
6. Walk by faith and not by sight.
Being able to receive the word, and acknowledge where it comes from is a sign of spiritual maturity. We must walk by faith and not by sight.
Release it to the LORD, repent, and ask the LORD to give you eyes to see.
Jesus said to love one another, and LEARN from each other. The more comfortable we are with ourselves, the more we desire to give recognition and honour to the LORD and other people. God will take care of us, there are no favourites!
(For reference read Acts 5:17 and 1 Corinthians 3:3)