Psalm 37:1, 2.
1. Fret not thyself because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity,
2. for they, like grass, will soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.
1. Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.
2. But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped.
3 . For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
The word envy:
Comes from the Hebrew word - (qinah) - which means when a person with great jealousy (hopes) wants to acquire a property or position belonging to other people.
It also comes from the Greek word- Zelo which means, a state of mind which hungers and lusts for something that belongs to another person.
There is a positive side of envy, which is a thirst for God and protection of God’s interests. But today we will talk about the deadly negative side of envy. Envy is the spirit that leads to hate and death.
A sound heart is the life to the body, but envy is rottenness to the bones.
Wrath is cruel and anger is a torrent, but who is able to stand before jealousy?
For wrath kills a foolish man, and envy slays a simple one.
Also their love, their hatred and their envy have now perished; nevermore will they have a share in anything done under the sun.
There are many Scriptures that describe the negative side of envy.
Now we will look at what the spirit of envy leads to. Before looking at examples of envy, we will point out seven terrible consequences of envy. Like all other sins, envy is not just an act - it is a spirit that always tries to possess a person and direct him not unto blessing rather to perdition.
1. Envy does not rejoice in the good in other people's lives.
When you see good things happen in the lives of others and you have envy, you can't be happy for them.
When you start to envy someone, we need to approach them, shake their hand and say, "I'm so happy for you, that God gave you this, but I'm not jealous because God has prepared for me something better.".
2. Gives birth to bitterness and anger.
A person thinks: "if I don't have this, then you shouldn’t have it either," and he/she wants to destroy what that other person has.
3. The desire to compare oneself with others.
Comparing yourself to others does no good.Never compare yourself with other people because you are unique in God's hands. God made you the way He wants to see you. This does not mean that if you see something good in another person's life you should not strive for something like that but when you put yourself in his position – you call on the wrath of God.
4. The spirit of envy, makes the work of God seems void in your eyes.
The spirit of envy causes us not to pay attention to what God has given us, because our attention is drawn to things that belong to the people we envy. And therefore, we are not able to thank God for His work in our lives.
5. You can't enjoy the good things that God has given you.
This applies especially to couples. Never compare your husband or your wife or your children with other husbands, wives, or children. Do not compare your family with other families. Your husband is the best husband in the world; your wife is the best wife. Your children are the best children on earth. This does not mean that you should close our eyes to the problems in your family rather, pray that God would correct all the flaws in your loved ones. But don't ever compare your family with others. Because when you start to compare, you can't be grateful to God for what He gave you, consequently you will not enjoy what you have. If you don't enjoy it, you're not going to protect it. In this case, satan can easily steal what you have.
6. Brings about inferiority complex.
When it seems to you, that all people are better than you and that God didn’t do anything good for you, it brings about hatred towards the good things in other people's lives. This is because you've told yourself that you're the worst. We are God's people, redeemed by the blood of the lamb. Jesus Christ is our Savior, He is all-around unique and different from the creators of all religion. Therefore, we must understand our uniqueness.
7. The spirit of envy can lead to murder.
1. And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord.
2. And she again bore his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
3. And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord.
4. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
5. But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
6. And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?
7. If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.
8. And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
9. And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?
10. And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground.
11 And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand;
12 When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.
13 And Cain said unto the Lord, My punishment is greater than I can bear.
Cain became upset because God had not respected his offering and therefore, he became jealous of Abel. Cain had not yet killed his brother but jealousy had filled his heart and therefore God said to him: " sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.” God saw what that would lead to and warned Cain but instead of asking God why He had not respected his sacrifice, repent from his sin and offer a sacrifice pleasing to God, Cain killed his brother, who he was envious of. Envy shuts your eyes from the cause of your problem and therefore you cannot see a way out of it. Envy led to the first murder in human history.
1.It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom;
2. And over these three presidents; of whom Daniel was first: that the princes might give accounts unto them, and the king should have no damage.
3. Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.
4. Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him.
Daniel got a promotion from the king. His colleagues were jealous of him because they could not come to terms with his position. They sought to destroy him because Daniel lived a righteous life, and walked before God in a pure conscience, they were in no way able to find false accusations under the law. And they manipulated the king, and forced him to issue a decree whereby no one should offer petition to any god or man except the king. Disobedience was punishable by death. And Daniel, knowing about the order of the king, was not afraid to continue to live a righteous life before God and people. And they threw him into a pit with the lions, but God protected him. And all his haters, and their wives and children were torn apart by the lions.
Joseph’s older brothers envied him and sought to kill him. They first threw him into a pit then later sold him into slavery all because of envy.
Haman hated Mordecai to the point that he wanted to destroy the whole nation. Despite the fact that the people worshiped him, he did not give rest to anyone who didn’t bow to him. All ended badly for Haman.
For he knew that they had they had handed Him over because of envy.
The Pharisees and the scribes envied Jesus Christ, because of his authority, His power, His strength, His influence, His anointing; they could not humble themselves to Jesus Christ.
In the Name of Jesus Christ I renounce the spirit of envy. Spirit of envy – you will not have dominion over me, because Jesus Christ is my Lord! Amen."