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THE SPIRIT OF COMPARATIVE AND COMPETITIVE JEALOUSY
Part 2

Thursday 06-01-17

~The spirit of jealousy is a deceptive enemy which does great damage to your soul and your relationship with others.
~COMPARATIVE Jealousy; ~Comparison is deadly because it is based in pride.
~COMPETITIVE Jealousy; ~Competition, in and of itself, can be good or bad. It depends upon the context.
~This spirit of jealousy deceives you… and that deception blinds you from seeing what God has prepared you to be.
~What we sometimes call original sin began when Satan came alongside Adam and eve and succeeded in getting eve to doubt god's command.
~Genesis 2:16-17, "…You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die" (NIV).
~Eve doubted God's word, succumbed to the temptation to eat, and ate the forbidden fruit, followed by Adam. (Genesis 3:1-6). ~Satan was called "Morning Star" - "Lucifer, Son Of The Morning"
~Remember… Satan was jealous of God.
~Isaiah 14:13-14, “…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.” (NLT)

~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;

~It is the nature of this spirit of jealousy to divert your attention from worshipping God Himself, to dedicating your mind and energies to seeking to measure up to some false standard of perfection.
~Giving all of our attention to things or people… anything other than that true God... is creating and worshiping another god in your life. ~That becomes idolatry.
~Jealousy will turn you into your own god of self-worship.

~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.
~Jesus died so that you don’t have to compare yourself with anyone else ever again. ~His blood applied to our hearts makes us acceptable.

 

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