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Why? Envy caused the “religious” leaders to become motivated by Satan to destroy the Lord of glory, Jesus Christ,
Envy caused Cain to kill Abel. Envy caused the people of Babylon to turn on Daniel and the three young men of great righteousness. Shadrach, Mechach and Abednego, and their lives were preserved by almighty God, and they were vindicated.
What “is” envy? The Bible tells us that envy is an evil spirit. It goes around until it can find a living house to dwell in, and to do its evil work.
Envy is not based on Truth, but it is based on lies out of the pit of hell.
It even uses human lips to stir up jealousy, and insecurity in those who are unaware of its insidious intent.
A church that is undivided cannot be infiltrated by gossip mongers, envy and competition. That is why the enemy of our souls has to stir up all types of divisions, strife and confusion among the members of the church.
It is sad to say, but gossip, unfounded rumors, and slander are rampant in the church of the living God.
Because competition is still alive and well in the church, as it was when the disciples were comparing one another with each other.
That is why Jesus commanded us “not” to compare ourselves with each other. That is a deadly game.
That game will either produce insecurity or it will produce pride, and we do not want either one of those weakness and sins.
We need to learn to be very content and praise God in all of our own circumstances.
Why? If we are led by The Holy Spirit everyday; we automatically know that He is guiding us, and He is only allowing what will be good for us.
It doesn’t mean that we will always have our way. We really don’t want that.
If we have our way; then we will become spoiled brats.
Maturity in Jesus Christ comes from obeying The Lord even while suffering much hardship.
This is very pleasing to our Lord Jesus Christ.
This is the tremendous example that He set for all of us. He learned obedience to His Father by the things that He suffered.
Envy will come to say to you; this is not fair. This other Christian has been given more than I have been given, or some other hook.
Satan knows where to place his evil hooks in each one of us. When those hooks try to come to your mind; pray that they will find no place in you.
The devil could not find any place in our wonderful Lord Jesus Christ, and He has already conquered the world and everything in it.
Because He has overcome all that the world and satan can throw at us; we automatically know that with Christ in us; we have the hope of glory.
We can overcome; because He first came and overcame everything that the world, the world system and the evil one threw at Him.
We can do “all” things through our faith in Him and our love for Him.
If we look at ourselves and our weaknesses; we will be defeated by satan. However, if we look up and focus on our great Redeemer, His Word, and we are led daily by His Holy Spirit; we will always be supreme winners in this life. Hallelujah!
Dearly beloved of God, always remember to flee envy when it tries to come to you through the unsanctified lips of those who are being used by satanic spirits to try and tempt you.
Flee envy when it tries to come to you directly into your mind due to insecurities and a competitive heart.
Flee envy because it will lead you into witchcraft, control and the manipulation of others. It is basically rebellion against the plan and purpose of God that He has for you.
Until you are mature enough to accept the plan God has for you; no matter how lowly; He cannot promote you.
All promotion comes from the Lord, and He knows who to lift up and who to put down.
If you are envious of those that God has placed in certain positions; He will by pass you because He cannot trust you to have the grace you need to have a meek, humble and quiet spirit.
God is looking for those who will be glad in the lowly jobs just as they will be very humble in the higher level jobs.
He wants to promote all of His children, but many would become puffed up with pride and they will fall.
Many of God’s children have stopped waiting on the Lord and they have stopped being led by the Holy Spirit and they have used their friends and their networks to promote themselves.
This type of artificial promotion produces a great deal of insecurity. These self-appointed leaders are now attacking those who are the legitimate workers in the Body of Christ.
Because they climbed up to the top illegally; they want to destroy those who God selected.
If they would have just waited on The Lord; they would have had much more than they could have produced for themselves through deceit.
When we love The Lord with all of our hearts, minds, souls and strength, and we love our neighbors as ourselves; we will be on the road to recovery from the temptations of satan to have everything here and now.
Satan tempted Jesus to bow to him, but Jesus adamantly refused, and we have that power. Satan will try and tempt you in your weakest area, and to accept satan’s offer is to end up in everlasting hell, torment and agony.
Submit unto the Lord, resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Why? Because you have the spirit of Christ in you. You have the Light in You, The Truth and The Way in you.
You have been given “all” authority over the enemy, and with Christ; nothing will by any means harm you.
Whatever the Lord allows will strengthen you, bless you and cause you to grow into the image of Jesus Christ.
God resists the proud, but He gives the grace needed to the humble.
When a “Christian” has promoted him or herself into a position for which they were not prepared for; they will fall.
Only God knows the timing when a follower of Jesus Christ can be promoted into a position of authority.
This Christian should be free from the love of money, sexual temptations, and the lust for power, name and to be worshiped.
This Christian must be as contented cleaning toilets unto the Lord as they are in standing in front of huge crowds and being honored by others.
The Lord is looking for those that He can show Himself strong in their behalf.
Those are the ones that have the hearts, minds and humility of Jesus Christ.
I notice that many in the so-called leadership positions today are even more exclusive than the world’s celebrities.
They have their body guards, their entourages, their cliques and their friends who help them maintain their high level positions.
Us low level workers in the Kingdom of God are looked down upon, ridiculed and demeaned by the high and mighty men and women who believe that they are God’s gift to the world.
If one of us lowly peons would ever try to talk to one of these great gurus; we would be quickly deferred to one of their subordinates.
You would not be allowed to have an audience with the King or Queen of their domain. It is their domain because the Lord Jesus Christ is not their Head; He would not be welcomed into their churches or into their ministries.
I am sad to say, but I believe many in our churches would crucify His good Name, and they would have envy toward Him; just like in the days that He walked upon this earth.
Those they walk closely are also forbidden to be part of the ruling class of leadership. In fact, they are not allowed to be privy to their evil communications.
These high level leaders think of themselves as gods, and they will only communicate and fellowship with those of like mind, motive and corruption.
These so-called leaders have swallowed the same lie that Adam and Eve swallowed in The Garden of Eden. They think that they are like God, and they try and convince their followers that “they” are tight with almighty God, and they should follow them. They use witchcraft, sorcery and deception to gain followers who believe their lies.
They turn these followers into their own personal bond slaves, and they use false doctrines, deceit, conceit, and they prey upon their weaknesses to keep them under their bondage.
The young and immature are being led to slaughter by these unscrupulous wolves in sheep’s clothing. Wake up people, and turn to Jesus Christ with all of your hearts, and He will lead you to the promised land, the green pastures and the still waters because He is the “GOOD SHEPHERD”.
Those that have His heart will leave the 99, and go out and help that one little, insignificant lamb. Why? Because The Lord Jesus would have died on the cross for that one little lamb.
These true shepherds that the Lord will raise up in these last days will have His same heart for those that the world, the worldly and the Laodicean church hate.
If you are not hated by the world, the worldly system, and the Laodicean church, then you need to turn to Jesus Christ with all of your hearts.
Seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and everything you will need will be added unto you. We will receive what we desire when we have proven our ability to handle these benefits and blessings.
The Lord will not allow you to have your desires until you prove that you are worthy to use them unselfishly and for the good of all.
God is preparing a people that because of their righteousness they will receive the wealth of the wicked. However, they must be proven to be free of the stumbling blocks that could destroy them. Countless “leaders” have fallen because they did not heed the Scriptures, and they were not ready to handle the responsibilities that they confiscated and usurped from others out of greed, selfish-ambition, lust for power and a corrupt character.
Many church pastors have become “spiritual leader’s, and they are totally in the hands of the evil empire or the world system.
The go about leading many innocent lambs to the slaughter. They have sold their souls out for a mess of pottage. They will have their reward.
Do not envy or desire their wealth, their prestige, their positions, and their power according to Psalms 2 and 37.
God laughs at their evil deeds of darkness, and He will destroy all of their works of satan. Judgment has already begun at the House of The Lord.
Stay on the narrow road where there are few. These are the remnant of God, and everything evil has been torn away from them, and they are awaiting the glorious last day church.
They are busy ministering, teaching and making themselves ready for the Lord’s magnificent plan to be fulfilled.
There is a remnant in every place, and God is perfecting His true saints daily. They are becoming more and more like Jesus Himself.
This process produces people like, Joseph, Abraham, Daniel, Esther, Elijah, and all of those who overcame the world, satan and their flesh throughout the ages.
My prayer for you:
Dear Father, I pray that you will break the powers of satan off of Your people, and You will set the captives free.
I pray that Your Spirit will raise up a mighty standard against the evil that has come into the Church of the living God.
Your Kingdom come; Your will be done in earth as it is in heaven in Jesus Christ’s Name and by the blood of the Lamb. Amen and amen.
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