Wow, this is such a good and sobering word by Helen Calder of Australia.
This is a tough subject but a necessary one, and I appreciate her writing this up with great wisdom, truth and love.
There is so much to celebrate in one another in the Body of Christ, as God gave so many gifts and parts to us. All you have to do is read 1 Corinthians 12 to see that!
Please read this word and share it with others...it will really help many to be set free and bring healing. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
I believe the Lord is revealing His mercy towards us right now in the area of envy and jealousy. He is healing dents and bruises that have been caused by wounds of envy.
A dent is where a past injury or loss has left an imprint. This damage may be barely perceptible to others, but deep within, a hollow needs to be filled.
If you can relate to this today, receive freedom and healing in Jesus' name. A word of healing is going out.
Envy in the family, in church life, and in many other areas is being dispelled as the Holy Spirit brings it to our attention.
Some are being healed from wounds caused by others who have spoken and acted out of envy or jealousy towards them. Many who have felt a lingering envy towards others and have not known how to deal with it are being healed and set free.
Envy as a Sign
Envy can be a sign of what God, in His mercy, is redeeming. Sometimes it comes from a natural desire we have for what already belongs to us. For example: favor, giftedness, anointing, a positive self-image and so on. But that desire has become distorted. Due to an "orphan mindset," we can fail to perceive these things as ours in Christ, and instead they become a soul-craving for what another person has. (Photo via Unsplash)
Now the Holy Spirit is inviting us to see ourselves as our Father sees us.
Security in God's Fatherhood
When we have security in the Fatherhood of God we can fully receive what He has given us, and we can freely celebrate the gifts and favor we see upon others.
Today, the Father's invitation is going out. Be free from envy that has been in your heart! As you step into His grace, be loosed from condemnation and shame. Run to Jesus, for He is the cure. In Him is healing from the orphan heart.
"Now we're no longer living like slaves under the law, but we enjoy being God's very own sons and daughters! And because we're His, we can access everything our Father has—for we are heirs of God through Jesus, the Messiah!" (Gal. 4:7 TPT)
5 Hidden Symptoms of Envy and Jealousy
Some signs of hidden envy include:
1. Being reluctant, or unable to sincerely celebrate someone's success.
2. Feeling empty, inferior or unjustly done by when someone else achieves or receives a dream you want.
3. Resenting someone's success or___(fill in the gap).
4. Enjoying secretly (and sometimes you feel bad about it) when someone who had what you wanted has had it removed, or it's been damaged.
5. Seeing another person's growth in anointing or success as a threat or as competition to your own (this is jealousy).
If something is coming to mind right now, pray about it. Turn it around! Let the Holy Spirit help you identify your own inheritance from your Father. (Photo via Pixabay)
You Are Being Enlarged
The truth is, when you celebrate another person's enlargement, you are also being enlarged.
• You are making room for your own inheritance through your generous attitude.
• You are operating as a son and daughter of your Father.
• You have plenty. You delight in your own inheritance.
We are not on the outside of our Father's house looking in at others! We are not orphans (Jn. 14:18). We are sons and daughters on the inside of our Father's house, receiving of His plenty, celebrating His grace together (Lk. 15:25-27)!
Envy Is a Sin to Be Set Free From
The Lord is bringing repentance and tenderness of heart to us. His purifying fire is visiting us as we realize that envy and jealousy are not compatible with the Holy Spirit, and our passion will be for Him above all else.
His desire is to have our whole hearts' worship and that our hearts not be turned towards another idol. For our God's name is Jealous (Ex. 34:14).
The last of the 10 commandments says, "You shall not covet..." (Ex. 20:17). Covetousness and envy are a sin both towards others and God. But we are to be holy, joyful vessels of the Holy Spirit, delighting in His presence.
Envy can become a stronghold. The call of the Holy Spirit to pay attention to the wounds of jealousy is both an invitation and a warning. James writes:
"But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such 'wisdom' does not come down from Heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic." (Jas. 3:14-15 NIV)
One of the dangers of not bringing envy to the Lord for healing is that we can unwittingly move into the progression that James describes as "earthly, unspiritual, demonic." And the danger of harboring envy is that we will be tempted to act on it.
Envy has two main directions: outwards (in which case we are feeling it towards others), or it may be directed at us from other people.
Both directions of envy or jealousy cause pain and damage, and for both there is grace, freedom and healing in Jesus Christ.
God Is Healing Wounds From Acts of Envy and Jealousy
Many of us, especially those who are in prophetic leadership, have experienced knocks and hurts from the envy or jealousy of others. The enemy uses people who have "orphan" wounds, who see the anointing and favor we have, and want it for themselves. They may undermine what God has given us through grumbling or accusations—through taking offense. (Photo via Unsplash)
It is dangerous to use soulish means or shortcuts (1 Sam. 24:6) to obtain a position (Gal. 5:19-21), rather than the Kingdom way of advancement, which is through honor.
If you can identify with being hurt by this, receive a touch from God today. The Spirit of God is revealing dents from past injuries. He is ministering freedom to your innermost being.
What happens when envy and jealousy go to extremes? Jezebel is an example of this. She used control and murder to gain what her husband King Ahab craved (coveted)—the vineyard of Naboth—which did not belong to him (1 Kings 21).
Jezebel herself wanted prophetic leadership and stopped at nothing to gain it. In 1 Kings 18, we learn that she went about murdering the prophets of the Lord.
One reason for this is that she wanted to silence their voices. True prophets of the Lord would have exposed her sin and prophesied her downfall, as Elijah did. Jezebel also craved that prophetic anointing for herself. She raised up her own large group of false prophets, who prophesied according to her own agenda. She provided for them and fed them at her table (1 Kings 18:19).
The enduring nature of this spirit (which is demonic, and not related to a gender) is confirmed when Jesus warns the Church concerning "Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess" (Rev. 2:20).
Just as Jezebel did, the "Jezebelic spirit" seeks to shut down the Lord's prophets and the true prophetic. It raises itself up, masquerading as prophetic. Its motivator is jealousy and control. It is a spirit of witchcraft (2 Kings 9:22, Gal. 5:20). But our God is greater! Jesus has already overcome it! (Photo via Unsplash)
"The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds." (2 Cor. 10:4 NIV)
The Lord is giving us courage to rise up and refuse to "play the games" and "dance the steps" of Jezebelic control. He is enabling us to move in the opposite Spirit, in His fruit and His wisdom (Gal. 5:22-23, Jas. 3:17-18).
Those Jezebelic powers are being revealed for what they are and broken in Jesus' name.
Come to the Father!
So, if you have felt as though you have been wounded; if you realize you have been dented by envy or jealousy, receive His grace today.
Now unhindered, you can embrace your uniqueness, receive your inheritance, and celebrate the gifts and callings of others. The past is falling away! You are stepping out into the fullness of all God has for you, free from the stain of envy once and for all.
"So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." (Jhn. 8:36 NIV) (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Helen CalderÂ is a prophetic minister and writer, and founder of Enliven Ministries, a part of the David McCracken Ministries family. Helen has a unique gift of equipping in the areas of hearing God's voice, prophetic ministry and prayer. She is known for Enliven Blog, an online prophetic training and mentoring resource that reaches thousands of people globally. Helen and Malcolm have been married for 36 years.
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