Spring Cleaning Part 2 “Eliminating Envy”

 Eliminating Envy

I want to focus on the cleaning of the inside of our _______________; not the inside of our ______________.

God is the primary ________________ of cleaning.

Many people in our culture _______________ with envy.

The problem with _______________ something is that you are always ________________ someone else.

What is Envy?

Envy is the feeling of _________________ produced by witnessing or hearing of the _________________ or prosperity of others.

Most often, envy leads to ________________ actions.

What are the results of envy?

1.  Envy hinders ______________ as a Christian.

1 Peter 2:1-3

2 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.

2.  Envy hinders the ________________ message.

James 3:13-16

Two Kinds of Wisdom

13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.

3.  Envy hinders __________________ for God’s blessings.

1 Samuel 18:5-9

Whatever mission Saul sent him on, David was so successful that Saul gave him a high rank in the army. This pleased all the troops, and Saul’s officers as well.

When the men were returning home after David had killed the Philistine, the women came out from all the towns of Israel to meet King Saul with singing and dancing, with joyful songs and with timbrels and lyres. As they danced, they sang:

“Saul has slain his thousands,     and David his tens of thousands.”

Saul was very angry; this refrain displeased him greatly. “They have credited David with tens of thousands,” he thought, “but me with only thousands. What more can he get but the kingdom?” And from that time on Saul kept a close eye on David.

How to Eliminate Envy

1.  Live Life to ______________ God ______________.

            Envy gains ______________ when we believe that our           success or value is linked to the _______________ of         others.

            Unfortunately, this is often the __________ of the world.

            God is pleased with you because you ________________ to   Him.

            God never says, “If ______________________________…….”.

2.  Don’t ____________________ Yourself to ________________.

            Do we really want to get _______________ because God        has ___________________ someone else?

            There is no __________ in comparison.

            Often, the success of others is an ________________.