“Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The Spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?”
“Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
envy- painful or resentful awareness of an advantage enjoyed by another joined with a desire to possess the same advantage
This is something I have to share with you right now. When you see all that Satan does possess, you will feel envious. He is cunning, smart, powerful. Money is no object to him; he stands atop the world and does boast. Many will follow him to their damnation. He has immortality in this world and is both untouchable and unseeable. He is set in his ways, and none shall distract him from his purpose of claiming your soul, not even for a second.
I had to share that because, there are many in the last days who will follow Satan for personal gain, and like lions over a flock of sheep, they will take everything you have because of advantage.
But there is also something else I must share with you right now. While Satan cunning, smart, and powerful, he also has a major weakness that, if you know it, makes him helpless. God gave him dominion over the demons of hell, but what he lacks is the ability to completely take away the souls freedom of someone who is still in the presence of the Holy Spirit. While under that protection, Satan cannot control you beyond the abilities of the body. So what is his major weakness? Simply that he cannot make you sin without your free will intact; or even if he does, you will remain blameless in front of the Lord.
But it’s not just Satan you will envy. You will envy the rich, powerful, famous, and maybe even your own brother. There is no avoiding it.
“But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.”
As there is no avoiding envy, God blesses us with grace and allows us to become humble. A humble man can turn envy into something positive. Because he knows he is of little importance and can then make a sacrifice of what he has to share with those who are more important than himself. You might just be thinking, well if he is humble, what if he has nothing to share? The truth is, we all have something to share with one another. Emotions, the very things that connect us. He can share love, understanding, compassion, and he can be there to listen to the poor man’s word. Even some bad emotions can be shared in the right way and given the right circumstances.
“Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners, and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
Be afflicted and mourn, and weep; let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”
And in becoming a humble person, having an understanding of God, and how great He is (How little you are in comparison, and how much greater his love for you is than even Himself (having died for your sin on the cross; bearing your burdens)) you will find that God draws nearer to you. You will be able to feel His presence.
Why should you be afflicted and mourn? Why should your laughter be turned to mourning, that all joy leave you? Because your brothers and sisters are suffering, all around you. There are those who are starving, those who haven’t had a second of peace in days, those who would give up their lives for anything, just to make it all go away. You may not see it, but it’s there. Murder, theft, rape, torture. This is an evil world.
Once you see this and once you are humbled, God will lift you up. I like to think that, the apostle meant by “Lift you up”, was that God will grant your entrance into heaven. But also that he will grant you power to be a better person.
God bless you guys, my readers.