Welcome to part 4 of “A Round Table Discussion” concerning
E N V Y.
Wasn’t their input and insight fabulous? I praise God for these gals.
(If you’d like to read more of their encouraging, beautiful writing, click on their names above the picture. It will take you directly to their blog.)
I also praise God for you. Your input and comments, readers, has been valuable in the battle against envy. Thank you for freely offering them. You encourage many.
And now for the final segment on this first “Round Table Discussion” concerning envy.
7. What additional insight or fighting gear has the Lord given you?
Betsy de Cruz: I’m most tempted to envy when I’m comparing myself with others. An important way to combat envy is to simply focus on taking joy in the life God is calling me to. When I’m grateful for what He’s given me, envy shrinks. If I’m careful to thank him for whatever I have, my tendency to compare my belongings with what others have lessens. When I focus on being faithful to my own calling and take joy in that, I feel greater peace. I don’t have to compare my house or my family or my ministry with someone else’s. I’m free to be me.
When I focus on being faithful to my own calling...I feel greater peace.~@BetsydeCruz Click To Tweet
Lisa Appelo: If we’re going to put off envy, we need to put on something else – love. When I replace love where I’m tempted to feel envy, it makes a world of difference. I can cheerlead rather than compare.
When I replace love where I’m tempted to feel envy...I cheerlead rather than compare. @AppeloLisa Click To Tweet
When I’m tempted to envy someone in ministry, the Lord has pricked me with this: Do I really think I can handle all the Kingdom work? There is so much work to be done in God’s Kingdom that we need each other and should encourage rather than envy each other’s ministry.
Kristi Woods: Pray immediately. And continue praying. Pray for the other party and self. Pray for forgiveness and blessing – blessing especially for the other person. We don’t have to cave under guilt, but how good, freeing, and overcoming to offer the situation to our Father for forgiveness and glory. After all, who doesn’t like and need prayer? It’s listed right there in Ephesians, in addition to our spiritual armor. Prayer is power – even over envy.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; with all prayer and requests, praying at all times in the Spirit, and being watchful to this end in all perseverance and requests for all the saints:
Eph. 6:17-18 WEB
Envy is a foe, not a friend. It’s spiritual warfare. Let’s battle accordingly and be willing it fling it off as fast as we would a stinging bee. No more lugging it around as it venom pumps through our blood. Just Jesus, not envy. Yes, just Jesus.
8. Additional Reading
9. A Prayer for the Path Ahead as We End Here ~
Our first Round Table Discussion is coming to an end. Feel free to offer this prayer now or when you’re ready. Feel free to share it. Also, look for other prayers on our social media pages today as well. We’re praying for you. We’re praying for ourselves. We’re uprooting envy with the help of the Spirit and clothing ourselves in Christ. All glory to God!
I look to you for salvation. Thank you for the cross and the wisdom your Spirit offers. With Your Spirit now, counsel me in understanding – understanding that the time for salvation grows near and that the filty rag of envy must be discarded. Teach me how to remove its cloak and how to fit myself well with your armor, with righteous living. Clothe me in Jesus Christ. Teach me how to wear love versus envy. I’m Yours alone, Lord.
In Jesus’ name, amen.
(Prayer based on Romans 13:11-14)
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