Live Friday Morning zoom battle prayer link and notes 5/5/23
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Battle prayer notes May 5 2023
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Good morning brother,
Day three topic: Envy Definition: painful or resentful awareness of an advantage enjoyed by another joined with a desire to possess the same advantage
Counterpart: love, joy, thankfulness, compassion, satisfaction
Envy is the intense desire to have an item that someone else possesses.
The Bible says the following in Proverbs 14:30, “A sound heart is life to the body, But envy is rottenness to the bones.”
Other biblical texts which mention envy include: Job 5:2, Psalm 37:1, Proverbs 24:19-20, Ecclesiastes 4:4, Galatians 5:26 and James 3:14-16.
Kindness cures envy by placing the desire to help others above the need to supersede them.
Covetness creates a lack of contentment.
Achan and his family suffered because of covetting things God said to not take.
Things that belong to your neighbor is your neighbor.
Envy is an attitude not and not necessarily an action.
Envy is seeing the prosperity of another and becoming dissatisfied and wanting to bring pain to others.
God will not tolerate idolatry. Envy will make us slaves to idols.
Envy, covet, jealousy. Three different things.
Contentment is being content with who you are.
Don’t envy the wicked. Fear the LORD always.
The religious leaders envied Jesus. It can happen within the church and in our fellowship.
Envy defiles us. Jesus said what comes out of our hearts is what defiles us. Vile things come from within.
Envy comes from lack of contentment. Jesus make us content. Your discipline makes me strong and faithful.
God has given us everything we need for life and godliness.
Fasting can counter envy. Isaiah 58 talks about fasting. Leaders wanted to be recognized for their fasting and piety. Serve the LORD and love his people better than outward show.
Envy is like water in a well that gets tainted and smells. Single mind in the LORD will keep us pure from envy and sin.
[Psa 37:1 NLT] 1 A psalm of David. Don't worry about the wicked or envy those who do wrong.
[Pro 3:31 NLT] 31 Don't envy violent people or copy their ways.
[Pro 23:17 NLT] 17 Don't envy sinners, but always continue to fear the LORD.
[Pro 24:1 NLT] 1 Don't envy evil people or desire their company.
[Mat 27:17-18 NLT] 17 As the crowds gathered before Pilate's house that morning, he asked them, "Which one do you want me to release to you--Barabbas, or Jesus who is called the Messiah?" 18 (He knew very well that the religious leaders had arrested Jesus out of envy.)
[Mar 7:20-23 NLT] 20 And then he added, "It is what comes from inside that defiles you. 21 For from within, out of a person's heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, 22 adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, lustful desires, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness. 23 All these vile things come from within; they are what defile you."
[1Ti 6:6-10 NLT] 6 Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. 7 After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can't take anything with us when we leave it. 8 So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. 9 But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.
Envy can lead to a feeling of entitlement and anger.
We feed ourselves envy by what we envy.
Replace envy with God!
Resentment kills a fool, and envy slays the simple. Job 5:2
Do not envy the wicked, do not desire their company; Proverbs 24:1
“He went on: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person. Mark 7:20-23
Do not envy the violent or choose any of their ways. Proverbs 3:31
Jesus help us to depend and trust on you.
Teach us the difference between a need and a want.
Be patient and trust his timing. Avoid envy.
A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.”
Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.”
1 Peter 2:1
For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.”
Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the Lord.”
It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. Philippians 1:15
Envy=results from not being content with who you are
Covetousness=results from not being content with what you have
Jealousy=results from not being content with those we are with
"Remove the heavy yoke of oppression. Stop pointing your finger and spreading vicious rumors! 10 Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon. 11 The LORD will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.
Humble ourselves and God will lift us up.
“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”
1 John 2:15-17 NIV
All the 7 deadly sins are covered within this scripture
Envy lures us away from our identity in Christ!
Envy is an emotion which occurs when a person lacks another's quality, skill, achievement, or possession and either desires it or wishes that the other lacked it.
Aristotle defined envy as pain at the sight of another's good fortune, stirred by "those who have what we ought to have". Bertrand Russell said that envy was one of the most potent causes of unhappiness. Recent research considered the conditions under which it occurs, how people deal with it, and whether it can inspire people to emulate those they envy.
Jealousy guards what is rightfully ours, whereas envy desires what is not ours and resents someone else possessing it. God is jealous, but he is never envious. Envy is a self-destructive sin, because, “A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones” (Proverbs 14:30).
In the battle that is the Christian life we can be vulnerable to envy because it is easy to imagine everyone else is having a much easier time of it than are we.
Being jealous is close to coveting what someone else has or a position that someone holds. Joseph’s brothers were filled with jealousy over him, the Corinthian church had a problem of being jealous of one another’s spiritual gifts, and Jacob’s wife Rachel had that problem too, just like King Saul in being jealous over David. What we can learn from these examples is that there is no reason to be jealous of one another. God is not going to respect one person over another. We are all God’s children and have unique calls in our lives, so rather than be jealous of others position or possessions in life, why not accept what God has done through their lives and work together for the common good of the church, because a house divided cannot stand, and a little bit of jealousy can do a lot of harm to others and even to one’s self.
Biblically speaking it is the other way around. Jealousy is actually a positive emotion, in that it means one is protective of an exclusive relationship. Thus the frequent Old Testament references to God being jealous for his people and not wanting them to prostitute themselves to other gods. Similarly, husbands and wives are to be jealous of one another in the sense that they guard and protect the exclusivity of their marriage. Seen from this perspective, jealousy can be good; but envy is always bad.
In late-modern society we have performed a strange trick of inversion whereby jealousy is generally seen as a bad thing whereas to be envious is socially acceptable. Jealousy in relationships is perceived as a destructive thing, whereas we routinely speak of envying this and envying that; and our entire political and economic model is designed to work on the stimulation of envy.
Thank you for another great day of zoom battle prayer.