ending envy.

I was challenged by another pastor recently as he shared on the issue of wanting to live someone else's life.

It is very easy for us to struggle with a comparative and jealous cancer called envy.

Envy is a paralyzing sin. It can silence your gratitude and blind you of the vision God has for your life.

Envy can fill each of us with excuses....excuses that become quick exits off the path God has specifically marked out for us.

The Psalmist Asaph had to face this enemy just like us.

"...my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold. For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked."
(Psalm 73:2-3)

The Old Testament refers to envy as coveting.

The good news is that there is a cure for coveting.

The Ten Commandments listed in Exodus 20 begins with "You shall have no other Gods before Me." Jesus defined that in the New Testament as loving the Lord our God with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength.

The tenth and final commandment is "You shall not covet." The beautiful thing is that as we allow God's love and grace to empower us to walk out the 1st commandment we will automatically have power to walk out all the others.

When you live your life with an increasing revelation of God's love...you will not want to live anyone else's life.

Envy will end. You will not covet another person's wife, donkey (ride), or life!
May the love of God end envy in our lives.