6 Signs That Your Friends May Be Green With Envy

God has been showing me for a while now why certain people ignore certain posts and things that portray the accomplishments God is giving us in ministry…. Well, here are six indications of that nasty character trait that we call jealousy: (Will Post Verses at the end)
Lack of encouragement
We’ve all had those moments where you’re extremely excited to announce something new, only for you to tell your friend and their response is “Oh okay.” Not even a “That sounds great” or “Good job” from your so-called best friend. Lack of encouragement or lack of support is a sign that your friend is jealous of you. Sometimes a friend’s lack of support is so obvious that it would even make a sarcastic “Good for you” comment seem good.
Copying you or trying to upstage you
There is nothing more annoying then buying a brand new pair of designer jeans, only to discover your friend has bought the exact same pair the next day. Sometimes they’ll even take it to the next level by getting something more expensive than yours. Are they just an admirer of your style or is the green-eyed monster rearing its ugly head? Sounds like the latter…
Tears you down and sometimes pessimistic
There is nothing worse than a friend who constantly tears you down or criticizes you about everything. You come up with a new idea, and they give you every excuse in the book about why you shouldn’t be doing that. Sometimes they will even attack your character by maybe calling you a bad parent or telling you that you’re selfish. Or they say you are filled with pride for wanting to do something for God… They try to make you look bad by saying you should not need a pat on the back.. And….. when they don’t get their pat on the back, they cry… These are just a few examples, but you get the point…
Craves attention from your peers
Ever experience a friend adding a lot of your friends on Facebook to their own list? This comes after only saying hi to your friend once if they’ve even said anything at all… sounds like someone is jealous of your popularity and wants your friends for themselves.
Disappearing or shying away
Have you ever experienced trying to make plans with a friend and suddenly they’re always too busy or don’t even call you back altogether. All of a sudden they never want to hang out anymore. Sometimes when people are jealous, they would rather stay away then face the fact that they feel bad about themselves in your presence. They are not there on the big events…
Doesn’t give you credit or creates excuses for your success
This type of jealousy usually occurs when you tell your friend about something and for everything thing you say, they always have a “Me too.” Sometimes they’ll even say something like “That’s so easy to get.” By diminishing what you’ve done, or drawing attention to an equal experience of their own, they will succeed in making sure they feel better about themselves. Once again, jealousy at it’s finest moment. We have even had some to say that they have been with us every step of the way as if they were the ones who created our success and they were really only around and involved in part of what we do…
(Attribution)Thanks to Esi Mensah for contribution

“For I can see that you are full of bitter jealousy and are held captive by sin.”
Acts 8:17 (NLT)
“Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness,
not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy.”
Romans 13:13 (ESV)
“For while there is jealousy and strife among you,
are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way?”
1 Corinthians 3:3 (ESV)
“…idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes,
dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you,
that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
Galatians 5:20-21 (NASB)

“Surely resentment destroys the fool, and jealousy kills the simple.”
Job 5:2 (NLT)
“For jealousy makes a man furious, and he will not spare
when he takes revenge.”
Proverbs 6:34 (ESV)
“Wrath is cruel, anger is overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?”
Proverbs 27:4 (ESV)
“Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm.
For love is as strong as death, its jealousy as enduring as the grave.
Love flashes like fire, the brightest kind of flame.”
Song of Solomon 8:6 (NLT)
“For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and make a man ‘unclean’.”
Mark 7:21-23 (NIV)
“These patriarchs were jealous of their brother Joseph,
and they sold him to be a slave in Egypt. But God was with him.”
Acts 7:9 (NLT)
There will be MANY more posts coming as we expose this evil demon in the church and in ministries..

Galatians 5:26 – Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

1 Peter 2:1 – Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,

Proverbs 24:1 – Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.

Here is the real reason why they start and stop things and NO spiritual fruit in anything……
James 3:16 – For where envying and strife [is], there [is] confusion and every evil work.

1 Peter 2:1 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.

As I Said, there will be much more coming later… The Lord has told us to expose this and to stand against it firmly as we pursue unity in the Last Days Church of Jesus Christ……

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Show mercy when someone suffers a fall….. because you don’t really stand that tall… when your friend is down don’t give him a kick…. or you might receive the short end of the stick… on the day with God when you stand before Him…. to give account for a life of sin…. (a little something I wrote today while waiting for them to inventory a shipment of books for inmates)

Trust God

I really dislike being in a position where the choices of others put my future and well being in jeopardy, don’t you?

In Psalm 31 we read some powerful and encouraging words..

In You, O Lord, I put my trust;
Let me never be ashamed;
Deliver me in Your righteousness.
Bow down Your ear to me,
Deliver me speedily;
Be my rock of refuge,
A fortress of defense to save me.

For You are my rock and my fortress;
Therefore, for Your name’s sake,
Lead me and guide me.
Pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me,
For You are my strength.
Into Your hand I commit my spirit;
You have redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.

I have hated those who regard useless idols;
But I trust in the Lord.
I will be glad and rejoice in Your mercy,
For You have considered my trouble;
You have known my soul in adversities,
And have not shut me up into the hand of the enemy;
You have set my feet in a wide place.

Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble;
My eye wastes away with grief,
Yes, my soul and my body!
10 For my life is spent with grief,
And my years with sighing;
My strength fails because of my iniquity,
And my bones waste away.
11 I am a reproach among all my enemies,
But especially among my neighbors,
And am repulsive to my acquaintances;
Those who see me outside flee from me.
12 I am forgotten like a dead man, out of mind;
I am like a broken vessel.
13 For I hear the slander of many;
Fear is on every side;
While they take counsel together against me,
They scheme to take away my life.

14 But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord;
I say, “You are my God.”
15 My times are in Your hand;
Deliver me from the hand of my enemies,
And from those who persecute me.
16 Make Your face shine upon Your servant;
Save me for Your mercies’ sake.
17 Do not let me be ashamed, O Lord, for I have called upon You;
Let the wicked be ashamed;
Let them be silent in the grave.
18 Let the lying lips be put to silence,
Which speak insolent things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.

19 Oh, how great is Your goodness,
Which You have laid up for those who fear You,
Which You have prepared for those who trust in You
In the presence of the sons of men!
20 You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence
From the plots of man;
You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion
From the strife of tongues.

21 Blessed be the Lord,
For He has shown me His marvelous kindness in a strong city!
22 For I said in my haste,
“I am cut off from before Your eyes”;
Nevertheless You heard the voice of my supplications
When I cried out to You.

23 Oh, love the Lord, all you His saints!
For the Lord preserves the faithful,
And fully repays the proud person.
24 Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart,
All you who hope in the Lord.

I don’t know about you guys but this Psalm encourages my heart.. It tells us that we can trust the Lord even when those closest to us let us down… When adversaries make our lives miserable we dont have to stay miserable….. We can call out to the Lord.. God will never let us down… No matter what you are going through, put your trust in God….

GODS HELP IN THE PRESENCE OF OUR ENEMIES

GODS HELP IN THE PRESENCE OF OUR ENEMIES

A devoted child of God has no need to fear anything from their enemies. Our enemies are helpless unless we aid them by allowing them to affect us. No matter what they hit us with outwardly, they can not take us out of our Fathers hand of loving care if we dont walk away from God. Our enemies cant take away our grace from the Lord. Nor can they take the joy of the Lord from our hearts.

The word of God is filled with absolute proof of our Gods commitment to defend and bless us and avenge us in the very presence of our enemies. ” Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.”[Psalm 23;5]
Really, enemies can be a blessing to the child of God because they move our God to stand up on our side. God delights in doing just that..
When evil people concoct devilish schemes against you, lift up your heads. You dont have to make one effort to defend your self, begin waiting on God. Do not think or speak any evil. Spend some time seeking God for them and praying in the Spirit. Allow love to abound. If you are totally God’s, then He is in charge.

”Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you,and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice and be exceeding glad; for great is your reward in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” [Matthew 5: 10-12]

The word blessed means ”to be envied,fortunate, and well off”. Watch the persecuted church and people of God as God lifts them up and showers His presence in their midst. You have never seen anything more beautiful than Gods Holy table spread before His persecuted and reviled children. Both in this world and the world to come.

One last scripture before we close. “Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass,and wither as the green herb. Trust in the Lord and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”[Psalm 37: 1-4]

Every ”blood-washed” child of God is His joy.. Let us live by this inspiration.

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