December 8, 2019

Jealousy is this week’s sermon emphasis as we continue to talk about the luggage we carry with us every day in life. Pastor Selena talked about how we look at things and tell God “you could have” done this for me in my life. Jealousy differs from greed, in not only do we feel we deserve something, but it is triggered by feeling someone else does not deserve what they have been given. We look at it through our own “jealous eyes” and want to take away something someone else has. God gives us a blessing and we are content until we see someone else get a blessing and we feel they got a bigger blessing. Why is that? We are letting our own human nature take control, rather than celebrating what God has given us.
The flesh is never fully satisfied, and it was brought out how appetites grow through indulgences, through allowing ourselves to be “me” oriented rather than being Spirit filled.
As time goes on, we become negative and critical, and we think God (or someone) is withholding from us what we deserve. What we don’t realize is that God is more concerned about purifying our hearts; jealousy creates a rivalry where none exists and is an enemy to our hearts.
We are the common component of all our relationships, and if we aren’t careful, we will spend our lives wishing to be someone else, and wanting what others have. Those desires are exactly what the enemy wants.
Ask yourself, “What are the motives for what I am asking for?” The answer to solving jealousy is to celebrate; celebrate the things God has given you; celebrate what you have been blessed with; celebrate what others have been blessed with as well; don’t compare yourself to others, but instead remember you are unique and special in God’s eyes. There will never be another you and you are designed to do your own special things in this life!

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Joe Maxwell

Joe and his wife Susan live in Marshfield along with their daughter Caroline who attends Marshfield High School; they also have two adult children, Brendan (wife Jesica, son Silas), and Kellan (wife Hannah). Joe is a manager at Jack Henry & Associates, and enjoys baseball, genealogy, and walking in his spare time. His favorite bible verse is Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me

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