Ecclesiastes 4   (July 28)

                                        Beware, it Bites!

             “Again, I saw that for all toil and every skillful work a man is envied by his neighbor. This also is vanity and grasping for the wind.”

            Envy is a wild animal, dangerous and hungry.

            Envy is a poisonous serpent that can wake up at any time and bite its victims.

            Envy is an ugly sin that can rob the joy from a believer.                                                       

            Envy can render anyone useless when it comes to serve the Lord.

            It is dangerous to play with fire. It is also dangerous to approach a wild animal. Both of these things can destroy the body; however, envy is even more dangerous, because it affects and changes the inside of a person.

            Christians must maintain their envy dormant at all times, or better yet kill it and crucify it along with all our carnal desires in the cross of Calvary. A dead animal can’t bite anyone, but if we keep it alive and feed it, it will devour us. Envy, therefore, must be put to death; otherwise it will consume and destroy us.

             If there is any type of envy in your heart, ask God to put it to “sleep” and remove it from you. There is no place for envy or jealousy in the heart of a redeemed believer. We have nothing to envy from the people of this world, for their pleasure only last for a moment. Let them rejoice in their moth infected riches today, for tomorrow they shall be no more.

            We should not envy our brothers and sisters in the Lord. Every gift and all the talents they possess come from our Lord and these were given to them (and not to us) for a specific purpose in the everlasting plan of God. Use the gift that our Father has given you, in the place where He has established you and for his glory…and don’t worry about anyone else.

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