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  • Hello,
    thank you for your article on envy, a ministry killer,
    strong words to be sure,

    Definition : Envy means “to bear a grudge toward someone due to coveting what that person has or enjoys.” In a milder sense, it means “the longing for something someone else has without any ill will intended toward that person.”
    Example : I envy his/her possessions or situation.

    Jealousy means being “apprehensive or vengeful out of fear of being replaced by someone else.” It can also mean “watchful, ” “anxiously suspicious, ” “zealous, ” or “expecting complete devotion.” The last is normally applied to God.
    Example : I am jealous that you like her over me.
    http://www.diffen.com/difference/Envy_vs_Jealousy

    may i quote this verse, please ?

    Mark 8:38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”

    and your comment : “The problem with envy is that it simply doesn’t end. When someone commits adultery or has an angry outburst, it happens and it’s over.

    But envy never leaves. It just keeps on going. And it shrinks your heart and makes you miserable in the process.”
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    this is not exactly true that envy doesn’t end.

    Envy is triggered by the Have – Have not divisions in church,
    there to shame the poorest.

    It leads to a “church corporate culture” where socializing is done
    at the expense of spiritual duties and those done privately like prayer.

    Envy can be quickly cured by prayer, it WORKS.

    In Mark 10 v 17- 29 :

    “20 “Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.”

    21 Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said.

    “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor,
    and you will have treasure in heaven.
    Then come, follow me.”

    22 At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.

    23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples,
    “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!”
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    Lord Jesus said “sell everything you have and give to the poor”, a tall order for many.

    Envy is not a problem to him to her that prays. A lot.

    Adultery and anger on the other end are long lasting. They happen and
    it is not over. They happen again and again.

    Adultery and grave sin like anger, lust, immorality, malice seem to have the monopoly of long lasting effect referring to the scripture above.

    Lord Jesus did not call the generation “Envious” but Adulterous and Sinful.

    This is what you have on the political or media scenes actually, more than ever,

    a rich pastime for those who think they will not be accountable.

    Thank you for this opportunity to share.

  • Joseph Ryan S. Navarro

    Hi Pastor Rick, Thanks for that simple but wonderful message about envy. It was really a hit on me. Until now that’s my issue of my life. I tried hard to fight on this. I envy my christian friends because they are talented and excellent in their field. I try my best to excel in my field but unfortunately I fail. But when I read this, its trigger my heart that was full of envy and I pray that God will destroy this spirit of envy in my life.

  • dzidzonu elisée

    amen !!!!!!! amen

  • Mathew komen

    thanks Pastor Rick, it is wonderful being yourself

  • Sotarduga sitompul

    Rick. During we do 40 days of word, May be you have Free Sermon you can give to us or May be you can give sugestion other sermon?

    In Christ Love.

    Ps tom – church of all Nations Sydney.

  • I really liked this post. This is an issue most people don’t want to talk about. I find the more people are being themselves, they will be more complete. This is what brings more of a variety to all. 

  • Another statistic

    My problem was never me comparing myself to other pastors… it was people in my congregation comparing me to other pastor’s and their feeling that I came up short!

  • fmnazfan

    I understand all this, that’s great.  But is listening to how a pastor of a church of over 5K, preaches and using their messages to get mine going considered “envy”?

  • Christian Woman

    Rush Limbaugh Issues DMCA Takedown To Censor Sexist Video Criticism..

    .

    Streisand effect : let’s go forth and multiply this video the sexist Rush hates.

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    53 of Rush Limbaugh’s most vile smears against Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke

    http://www.metacafe.com/watch/

    http://www.dailymotion.com/vid

    http://www.veoh.com/watch/v312

     

  • Great article. Great wisdom.  From a great pastor.