Envy, jealousy, and covetousness will take your eyes off God and put them on a person, a place or a thing. That is idolatry! God will
not share us with any false gods or idols. Whatever you worship will become your god and, in His jealousy. God will release you to
your own devices without any protection whatsoever. If an idol becomes your god, then that god will have to take care of you. That's
the danger of idolatry. It's not a good trade-off.
See what the Bible say about it - see Suggested Reading - "Consider" above.
is Envy and Jealousy? Envy is a feeling of discontentment or ill will because of another's advantage, possessions or blessings.
Jealousy is being very careful of or guarding something, not tolerating rivals. Making an icon out of a material object, person, place
God's Jealousy. God's jealousy is righteous, zealous; He protects his children. (1 Kings 14:22). He wants exclusive
fellowship and will not share us with false gods (Ezekiel 8:3). When we have an idol, God, in his jealousy, will pull away and let
that idol protect you - not a good trade-off! We, as parents, can have a godly zealousness (2 Corinthians 11:2) for our children,
but our zealousness can also be controlling and destructive.
Covetousness. Covetousness is to long for wrongly, with greed or
avarice (Luke 12:15, Deuteronomy 5:21). Godliness with contentment, however, is great gain (1 Timothy 6:5, Matthew 6:33)! Be content
with what you have (Hebrews 13:5)!
Nature of Envy and Jealousy. It has you comparing yourself to other people. You can't win
because there will always be someone richer, smarter, etc. It makes others into Idols - "If I can only be like so and so." (Acts 10:34,
Psalms 37:1, Proverbs, 3:31; 24:1). It is not trusting God's timing, and keeps you from being content with what you have. Other
people's envy can steal your joy! The enemy’s goal is to separate and divide and to keep you out of the body of Christ. He wants to
destroy relationships, families, marriages. Listening to envy and jealousy produces STRIFE; not listening to it produces PEACE! (James
3:16; Hebrews 13:5; Luke 12:15; Galatians 5:25-26)
Roots of Envy and Jealousy
Pride - Example of Haman and Mordecai
Rebellion - Example
of Korah and Moses
Bitterness - Example of Saul and David, Joseph and his brothers
Control - Example of Sarah and Hagar
Scorn is jealousy
to a degree where there's no reconciliation. (Proverbs 6:34-35) It is the level where wars are started, feuds, retaliation,
violence, abuse, stalking.
Envy and Jealousy in the Marriage
Consider the myth of a love/hate relationship - love and hate can't exist
together, it could not have been real love it was just a counterfeit
affection (Song of Solomon 8:6).It leads to possessiveness, control,
a princess in a tower - this is not the fruit of love. Also consider the curse of barrenness from real or imagined infidelity,
opening the door to jealousy (Numbers 5:11)
Ministering against Envy and Jealousy
It all begins with Relationship and then Recognition
coming from Discernment. The teaching and ministry must focus on God; He must remain the source of our desires, not what others
have or don't have. God will not bless us in our sins, but when we fall out of agreement, hate it, take responsibility for it in our
generations, then its power can be broken. There must be true repenting and forgiveness. See the Ministry Resource on the back
of this sheet. Also consider the case study in “A More Excellent Way” of the lady healed of osteoporosis.
with prayer. Give God permission to speak to your heart. Seek His guidance as you go down through the list. When you have a
witness of your inner spirit that a particular item is something God would have you deal with, make a mark in the left circle. Then
use the Prayer resource on the back page (same as the “Blue Card”) to deal with the spirit. When you have dealt with it, make
a mark in the right circle. Go through the list as often as necessary to come free, as the Holy Spirit leads you.
Begin with prayer.
Break the power of the Strongman of Envy/Jealousy
Deal with each of the underlings.
out the Strongman
As necessary speak creative miracle into being.
Spirits of Envy/Jealousy
Unbelief that God will provide
Curse of Touching God's Anointed
Fear of Loss of Control
Printing Ministry Sheets
have a printed copy of any ministry sheet, click on the link for printing at the top the page. This will bring up an Adobe .pdf
file. From the Adobe .pdf file print page one. then turn that sheet over in your printer (make sure the top of the
first page will also be the top of the second page) and print page two. If there are more pages to the sheet then print
page three, turn it over and print page four, etc. Fold and assemble the sheets. For a multiple page sheet you can
put a small piece of tape on the fold between pages to help hold it together.