Inspired by Enemies of the Heart by Andy Stanley .. #5 of 5 part series.
Guilt – I owe you Confession
Anger – You Owe me Forgiveness
Greed – I owe me. Generosity
Jealousy: resentment against success or advantage of others.
A convicting truth …. The problem isn’t with the people whose stuff you envy …
God owes me.
You are holding a grudge against God.
If God would take better care of me, I would be a better ….
The battle within you is the cause of all of your relational battles.
What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you? James 4:1
The problem you have with relationships is you.
The people closest to you suffer most from your inner battles.
You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. James 4:2a
Jealousy will develop into resentment.
Quenching The Thirst That Is Jealousy
Realize there is a spiritual void that can’t be permanently filled with things of this world.
Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. James 4:2b
1) Take your desires to God.
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. 1 Pet 5:7
2) Make God’s desires your desires.
He wants you to ask.
And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure. James 4:3
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. 1 Tim 6:6-7
3) Thank God for what you have and celebrate the success of others.