I pray that you are all doing well and God has met all of your needs and wants on today, for tomorrow is not promised. My prayer is that you will be blessed by the Lord's message on today.
(Proverbs: 14:29-30), He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly. A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.
Jealously, along with pride, are probably the oldest sins in the Universe. They occurred before our earth as we know it now was created.
Lucifer was perfect, beautiful and occupied the highest standing among God's created beings, but he became jealous of God. "How art thous fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!...For thous hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God...I will be like the most High".
I don't understand, nor do I ever think that I will, as to why there is so much jealously in the church. People are jealous over someone else's position, blessings, anointing or gifts of the spirit. This type of jealously in the church cause strife and division. There is no need to be jealous over someone else's anointing, God is a big God, He has enough for everyone. Don't ever be jealous over what another person has received from God. We are suppose to be a Christian family, we are in this spiritual journey together.
First of all, while you are being envious over someone else's position or anointing from God, you never know what they had to go through to get where there are. God does not bless you because you are you. The Holy Spirit gives gifts as He sees fit. You will get what God has for you. But if you are jealous over someone else's spiritual gifts, that will only delay what God has for you. I also want you to be very aware of what you are asking God for and the reason why. Do you want the gift of prophecy because it looks good in the pulpit? Do you want the gift of teaching because you will look good in the pulpit? All gifts given by the Holy Spirit are for the edifying of the church, not so that you can look good or have people glorifying you.
I have been blessed with certain gifts from the Holy Spirit but I must tell you that I did not ask for all of them. I would have been perfectly happy just sitting in the congregation observing, rather than participating. The gifts that I have does not allow me to do that.
I was obediant to God and joined the prayer ministry. But I had no idea what I was getting myself into. One thing I did know was that God placed me in that ministry. Sometimes one spiritual gift, will lead you into other spiritual gifts, becasuse you need them to be perfected. I had to learn this as I grew in the Lord. The gifts that I have has taken a lot of spirit warfare to go through to develop them and keep them. I assure you that being a prayer warrior is not just praying for people. I have to be anointing with the spirit of discernment and the spirit of knowledge to be able to pray for people effectively. The spirit of discernment allows me to know what to pray for even if the person needing prayer does not inform me. I also need to know from God what demonic spirits I am dealing with while praying in the spirit for someone else. The spirit of knowledge allows me to hear directly from God as to what to do for that person in order for my prayer to be effective for them. You will not want a person to pray for you that does not have any power or anointing. That power and anointed is not cheap. It costs me a lot.
Now, through all of this, don't be misled, Satan hates me. All of the fears, addictive behavior, sicknesses, abusive relationship and a lot of other things that have come upon me; Satan has tried to use to keep me from getting what God had for me way before I had even attended a church.
Also, you have to walk in your own anointing. If you walk in your own anointing, God will perfect that which He has placed in you. If you try to go in the enemies territory without the anointing and Spirit of God, you will be devoured. If you are spending your time watching everyone else and desiring what they have, why do you want to walk in someone elses shoes? What God has for you, it is for you! What God has for them, it is for them! If you are jealous and envious towards someone else because of their spiritual gift, you are opening the door for Satan to come into your life with a handful of demonic spirits, then you will have a lot more to worry about other than what position sister so and so got. If you are faithful over a little, God will make you leader over many. PRAISE GOD!