Heavenly Father, I give thanks and praise, blessed to be among those sanctified in Christ Jesus, and called to be saints together with all those who call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I thank you for Grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Proverbs 27:4 Wrath is cruel, anger is overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?
Proverbs 14:30 A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot.
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Binding the spirit of jealousy
Wonderful Counselor, I bind that spirit of jealousy that’s attempting to consume my life. I curse it out completely in the name of Jesus, for it is more than cruelty and overwhelming fury.
Remove it now, mighty God, along with the hatred, anger, fear and insecurities that fuel it.
James 3:16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.
Set me free
Everlasting Father, I desire to be as holy as You are. Set me free of the thoughts that consume my mind which cause the jealousy to arise. Substitute the negativity and cruelty within my heart with Your peace and love, and gentle kindness.
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James 4:2-3 You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. Yet, you do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.
Prince of Peace, help those who are struggling today. May they experience Your love and show love in return to all they come into contact with.
Help me to not be envious towards my neighbors and friends but rather to be happy for them and encourage them to go even further. Cleanse me of anything that breaks Your heart, oh Savior.
Help me live a righteous life, Heavenly Father. Because on this day I declare it, I decree it and speak it into my life, in JESUS’ mighty name, Amen!!!
James 3:14-15 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.
Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
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The Danger of Envy and Jealousy…
“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another. But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.” -Galatians 5:13–26
“Envy is the greatest of all diseases among men.” -Euripides
Q: “Is envy always wrong?”
Yes. Scripture never portrays envy in a positive light. God is never depicted as an envious God.
“Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to release for the crowd any one prisoner whom they wanted. And they had then a notorious prisoner called Barabbas. So when they had gathered, Pilate said to them, ‘Whom do you want me to release for you: Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?’ For he knew that it was out of envy that they had delivered him up.” -Matthew 27:15–18
Q: “Is jealousy always wrong?”
No. It is natural and normal for feelings of jealousy to surface when a meaningful covenant relationship is threatened by unfaithfulness.
“This is the law in cases of jealousy, when a wife, though under her husband’s authority, goes astray and defiles herself, or when the spirit of jealousy comes over a man and he is jealous of his wife. Then he shall set the woman before the LORD, and the priest shall carry out for her all this law. The man shall be free from iniquity, but the woman shall bear her iniquity.” -Numbers 5:29–31
“I feel a divine jealousy for you, for I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ. But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” -2 Corinthians 11:2–3
Key Verse to Memorize
“Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.” -Philippians 4:11
Key Passage to Read and Reread
Click here for the PDF version of the complete Envy & Jealousy Resource Guide provided by Hope for the Heart.
“Dear Heavenly Father,
There is so much I have to be thankful for. I live in a great country with so many options at my disposal, yet I still compare myself to others. I see what I have and what others seem to be enjoying and I never really seem to be satisfied.
Lord, this attitude is really preventing me from enjoying my life. There never seems to be a day when I feel good, happy and fulfilled.
I am coming to you because life is quickly passing me by, the years are moving so fast. I realize that things have not changed because I have not changed my thinking.
This mentality will continue to hold me back from being the kind of friend, wife, sister or daughter that you have designed me to be. The whole world does not revolve around me, yet for some reason I feel like I have become a victim of my circumstances.
Where does this root of bitterness and envy come from? Show me so I can stop this attitude from eating away at the happiness you have created me for. In the name of Jesus, I bind the demonic powers of envy, jealousy, greed, selfishness, self-centeredness, bitterness, manipulation, selfish ambition, idolatry, hatered, discord, dissentsions, fits of rage, denial, debauchery, entitlement and hostility towards others who have been blessed to the spirit of balak and the spirit of rebellion, baal.
Lord, open my eyes to see the blessings you have given me. Help me to develop those gifts, people and talents you have given me stewardship over. Help me to invest my time and efforts in the attitudes and mind-sets that will elevate my mood, my family and my reputation.
I am choosing to turn away from being a jealous person, a competitive friend, an unsupportive sister and a selfish wife and daughter. My attitude and my way of embracing life are up to ME.
I chose to fashion my existence around the word of God. Anything below that is not the standard that will bring me a good life and a happy home.
Lord, hold my hand as you lead to through this new way of thinking. I will never have a perfect life until I get to heaven, so I need to stop expecting that false idea from myself, my family and my circumstances. I am not “buying” into the lie of perfectionism anymore. This is the mind-set that has brought me pain and torn apart any relationships that were “less than perfect”.
Lord, thank you for the new appreciation I will have. I trust that you will show me all that I need to know to embrace all the good you have brought to me.
In Jesus’ precious name, thank you. Amen.”
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3 Biblical Truths About Envy And Jealousy
1. Jealousy can lead to your downfall.
For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. – James 3:16
“Oh, did you see … and …?” “Look at her, girl I’d love to have her… ”
Jealousy. In the bible, we see that Saul was jealous of David, but to note, Saul brought his troubles upon himself.
A tool created by the devil. Jealousy will cause people to act strange and even harm people to the point of death.
What those who have this spirit upon them fail to realize is that they have their own set of gifts and blessings that God has given them, so why envy someone else and their blessing?
Also, some people with this spirit feel threatened by someone who appears to be higher than them; notice I said appear.
Just because the gift may be wrapped with the finest wrapping paper and most beautiful bow, what it holds inside may be rotten to the core.
Jealous people often times feel insecure, powerless, and doubt themselves about getting what they are jealous about.