TODAY'S WORD FOR Tuesday, September 17, 2019:
Feelings of envy or bitterness; resentful and envious of someone’s success, achievements, advantages, etc.
Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Have you ever felt jealous of someone else’s success? Maybe your neighbor has a brand-new car, or perhaps someone at work got the promotion you desired. When situations like these stir up unexpected reactions within us, we just may have a problem.
Jealousy is the emotion of extreme displeasure upon seeing someone else’s good fortune, and it can poison good relationships, ruin our witness of our faith, and keep us from experiencing God’s blessings. The Bible in Galatians 5 (above verse) calls jealousy a work of the flesh.
Jealousy is one of the hardest emotions to control and it leads to many different sins. It leads to strife and dissension. It was jealousy that lead to the first murder (Genesis 4:5-8). The tenth commandment reads: “You shall not covet” includes the concept of jealousy.
It is possible to take control of a jealous attitude. God wants His children to take charge over these emotions. Here are some specific things you can do to gain victory.
First, you need to confess to the Lord your jealousy. This emotion will always take your mind off of the Lord and fix them on some other person or thing. Whenever you place a higher value on some “thing” than you place on God, you put yourself under divine judgement. This is known as idolatry and you need to repent of that sin immediately.
Secondly, you need to realize you disagree with God. Your jealously declares you think you deserve the blessing more than the other person. Bring this disagreement honestly before the Lord, and ask Him to restore a godly perspective to you.
Thirdly, take a moment and thank God for what He is doing in that person’s life. When you praise God, even if you do not feel like it, you put yourself in a position to receive God’s blessing on your life.
Fourthly, keep your focus on God alone. Ask God to place love in your heart for the other person. Remember, God promised that if we delight in Him, He will give us the desires of our heart. Focus first and foremost on what God has done and will be doing for you.
God owns all things and provides all that we have, and He promised to meet our needs. When we are jealous, we are showing discontent with what God has given us. Hebrews 13:5 tells us to be content with what we have.
God satisfies the longing soul and fills the hungry soul with goodness (Psalm 107:9). Love is patient and kind. Love is not JEALOUS, it does not brag, and it is not proud (I Corinthians 13:4).
Our memory verse for this week is found in Philippians 1:29.
For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also suffer for His sake.
Help me to take control of every jealous thought. Thank You Lord for meeting all my needs and for all the good gifts You have given me. Help me to be content with what I have.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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