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THE SPIRIT OF COMPARATIVE AND COMPETITIVE JEALOUSY
Part 1

Thursday 05-25-17

~The spirit of Jealousy has been seducing God’s people since the beginning of creation.

~The spirit of jealousy is a deceptive enemy which steals in unnoticed and does great damage to your soul and your relationship with others.

~Jealousy is the sense of uneasiness or anxiety that stems from the fear of preference being given to another.

~COMPARATIVE Jealousy; ~The word comparison means: the quality of being similar or equivalent: ~Comparison is deadly because it is based in pride. ~Stop comparing yourself to others. Do not allow a jealous spirit in your life.

~COMPETITIVE Jealousy; ~The word competition means “to seek or to strive for the same things as another, to carry on a contest for a common objective.” ~It is a rivalry to seek to obtain the same goal or the same objectives as another. ~Competition, in and of itself, can be good or bad. It depends upon your perspective or context.

~But comparative and competitive jealousy is more than an emotion, it’s a spirit.

~This spirit of jealousy deceives you… and that deception blinds you from seeing what God has prepared you to be.

~It hinders you from being all you can be in Christ.

 

~There is no “perfect man” or “perfect woman” as the media and Hollywood would have us believe.


~It is not God’s will for you to get caught up in a devastating quest to measure up to phony standards of outward physical perfection. ~He did not intend for us to endlessly compare ourselves with these images. ~These are not His standards. ~The spirit of comparison and competitive jealousy is a subtle, but very active enemy of the people of God. ~It will provoke a person to compete for favor, position, authority and influence. ~It will also open the door for the Jezebel spirit to take a stronghold in some people’s lives.



~Where did all this come from? Read Isaiah 14:12, taking special notice to the repetition of the word “I”

12 How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground—mighty though you were against the nations of the world. 13 For you said to yourself, “I will ascend to heaven and rule the angels. I will take the highest throne. I will preside on the Mount of Assembly far away in the north. 14 I will climb to the highest heavens and be like the Most High.” ~Whenever you encounter an “I” minded person, you will also encounter the subtle spirit of jealousy.

~This caused the downfall of Satan. ~Comparative and competitive jealousy is one of Satan’s primary legacies to mankind. ~Ephesians 6:12, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (KJV)

~I believe comparative and competitive jealousy originates with spiritual forces in high places… the highest order of demonic power. ~Ezekiel 8:3-5;

 

~Success in God’s eye is measured by three things: obedience, faithfulness and attitudes of the heart.

~King Saul is a classic example of failure through the deception of comparative and competitive jealousy.

~1 Samuel 15:1-3; “Now therefore, heed the voice of the words of the LORD.” (NKJ) ~Heed means to hear and to do.

~Saul did not heed the words of the Lord. He didn’t do what he was told because he was dominated by jealousy.

~1 Samuel 15:8-9; ~The objective of the spirits of comparative and competitive jealousy is to keep you from reaching your potential in God. ~It does this by deceiving you… And that deception hinders you from achieving all that God has designed for you. ~Deception is thinking that you are right when you are wrong.

~1 Samuel 15:10-15; ~This spirit of jealousy puts you in a position where you are always trying to explain your own deception and cover your sin.

~1 Samuel 15:16-21; ~Saul was following tradition—religious customs. ~The Bible says that the traditions of men have made the Word of God of no effect. ~Saul acted religiously… but he did not obey God.

~I Samuel 15:22, “And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.” (KJV)

~Partial obedience is no different than outright disobedience. ~Delayed obedience is disobedience. ~When God tells you to do a certain thing, you cannot get away with only doing half of it. ~Partial or delayed obedience is no different than rebellion. ~1 Samuel 15:23-26, “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king. (KJV)

~The reason God could not just sweep this incident under the rug was that this action revealed the true motivations of King Saul’s heart. ~His actions spoke clearly concerning his attitudes and motivating thoughts.

~1 Samuel 15:24, “And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice.” (KJV) ~Saul Finally gets light on the situation! But Too Late.

 

~Are You Heeding? ~Are you listening to and obeying the Word of the Lord? ~Are you doing what God has called you to do? ~Or are you delaying because the thing God has told you to do seems small or insignificant to you?

~Those who are faithful in small things will be entrusted with much more (Luke 19:17).

~The spirit of Comparative and Competitive Jealousy is a dangerous poison that can contaminate even the purest in heart.

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