Jealousy is a feeling of discontent because of what others possess. Jealous people view someone else’s success as a threat to their own success. Envy is proof that the spirit of jealousy
is present in your life; and as a result, you will experience many
negative consequences. Although jealousy is a tool devised by the devil,
there are ways in which you can open the door to that spirit.

  1. The negative consequences associated with jealousy.
    1. Jealousy causes hopelessness and depression.
      1. Christians should never be jealous or envious of sinners (Proverbs 23:17-18).
      2. There is a future and a reward for Believers.
      3. Be grateful for what God is doing in your life.
    2. Jealousy makes you mean and cruel (Song of Solomon 8:6).
      1. Jealousy is more detrimental than wrath or anger (Proverbs 27:4).
    3. When you walk in jealousy, you have limited power.
      1. Unwise comparisons open the door to envy and jealousy (2 Corinthians 10:12).
        1. People who compare themselves with others are without understanding.
        2. To compare is to belittle what God has done in your life.
        3. You can receive more from God by being grateful.
      2. Jealous people are unspiritual and walk in the flesh (1 Corinthians 3:3).
        1. Walking in the flesh is a way of thinking that opposes the Word of God.
        2. There is no profit to walking in the flesh.
        3. God has not called you to walk as mere men.
        4. Christians are supernatural people.
    4. Jealousy makes you bitter, and where jealousy exists there is disorder and the potential for every evil work (James 3:14).
      1. The spirit of jealousy will lead you down a path that could ultimately destroy your life.
    5. Jealousy brings confusion.
      1. Wherever there is envy, there is disorder and every evil work (James 3:16).

  2. The origin of jealousy.
    1. Feeling as though your needs will not be met.
    2. Doubting your self-worth and whether you have what it takes to succeed in life.
    3. Feeling powerless.
    4. Insecurity.

  3. How to get free from jealousy.
    1. Realize the power you have in the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8).
      1. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead dwells inside of you (Romans 8:11) and is capable of raising you up from any emotional attack.
    2. You have been given power over the enemy and nothing can hurt you (Luke 10:19).
    3. You possess the power to destroy harassing and oppressing thoughts about others (Acts 10:38).
    4. You have the power to get wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18); therefore, you have no reason to feel threatened by someone else’s financial success.
    5. There is power in your seed (Galatians 6:7).
      1. Whenever there is a need, plant a seed.

  4. When you are content, you don’t have to be jealous (Philippians 4:11-19).
    1. Contentment is not an acceptance of how things are, or settling for less; it is the confidence that God is your Source and He will supply all your needs.
    2. The Apostle Paul learned the secret of contentment, which is the knowledge to do all things through Christ.
    3. Trust God to be your provider.

Scripture References:

  • Proverbs 23:17-18
  • Song of Solomon 8:6
  • Proverbs 27:4
  • 2 Corinthians 10:12
  • 1 Corinthians 3:3
  • James 3:14,16
  • Acts 1:8
  • Romans 8:11
  • Luke 10:19
  • Acts 10:38
  • Galatians 6:7
  • Philippians 4:11-19
Pastor Robert Bagonza
Redeemed Church