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The Struggle With Jealousy

Jealousy is an emotion of displeasure over someone else’s good fortune. Constantly comparing ourselves to others leads to discontent, resentment, and bitterness. If these negative emotions remain unchecked, they can poison our relationships. What’s more, they can eventually flare into suspicion, anger, and hostility.

This is what happened to King Saul. His jealousy caused him to distrust David, who had served him faithfully. Saul’s suspicious attitude led to hostility and irrational behavior—so much so that he hurled a spear at David while the young man was playing music (1 Samuel 18:10-12). Instead of being grateful for David’s loyalty and steadfast service, the king repaid him with animosity and death threats. As a result, David was eventually forced to flee and hide in the wilderness (1 Samuel 23:15-26).

Jealousy is not something to be excused or rationalized. Ask the Lord to examine your heart and show you if any of these symptoms of jealousy are present in your life.  If they are, confess them as sin and ask Him to uproot them from your heart. Then focus on God’s faithfulness instead of comparing yourself with others.

How can you know God?

It all starts with accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Jesus Christ provides a relationship with the Father and eternal life through His death on the cross and resurrection, see Romans. 5:10.

Romans. 10:9 promises, "If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." If you have not yet begun your personal relationship with God, understand that the One who created you loves you no matter who you are or what you’ve done. He wants you to experience the profound depth of His care.

Therefore, tell God that you are willing to trust Him for salvation. You can tell Him in your own words or use this simple prayer:

Lord Jesus, I ask You to forgive my sins and save me from eternal separation from God. By faith, I accept Your work and death on the cross as sufficient payment for my sins. Thank You for providing the way for me to know You and to have a relationship with my heavenly Father. Through faith in You, I have eternal life. Thank You also for hearing my prayers and loving me unconditionally. Please give me the strength, wisdom, and determination to walk in the center of Your will. In Jesus’ name, amen.

If you have just prayed this prayer, congratulations!

You have received Christ as your Savior and have made the best decision you will ever make—one that will change your life forever!

@shallyv posted:

OK! I'll answer that though.you.might not.like the answer! The 'us' were aliens with superior technology, just like the one who claimed, or the Jews.claimed, he made Adam.from.the.earth and Eve from.one.of.Adam's ribs!

So, I now ask or rephrase my question, Keith, which gods or god do you pray to, those in Genesis or.the God that Jesus defined.in John.4: 24? This is not a trick question! Just answer truthfully!

I was informed earlier but I just had to be certain. Now that I am aware I was trying to reason with a lunatic I don't intend to waste my time with your foolishness.

@shallyv posted:

He? Do you know the gender.of God?.Why would God that Jesus defined as a Spirit, need.gender, Keith?

But never. mind the Biblical encomiums, the true God.has all these attributes, but is the true.God one of those in Genesis or.Jesus' God? They can't be the same, can they? Who was Jesus calling the devil (John.8: 44), a murderer and a.liar, and.the Pharisees, his children?

You know that verse could be addressing you in this modern time though it was speaking to a group of Jews, Jesus says, "You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies" (John 8:44).

Satan is the "father of lies" in that he is the original liar. He is the "father" of lies in the same way that Martin Luther is the "father" of the Reformation and Robert Goddard is the "father" of modern rocketry. Satan told the first lie in recorded history to Eve, in the Garden of Eden. After planting seeds of doubt in Eve's mind with a question (Genesis 3:1), he directly contradicts God's Word by telling her, "You will not certainly die" (Genesis 3:4). With that lie, Satan led Eve to her death; Adam followed, and so have we all.

Lying is Satan's primary weapon against God's children. He uses the tactic of deceit to separate people from their heavenly Father. Some of his more common lies are "there is no God," "God doesn't care about you," "the Bible cannot be trusted," and "your good works will get you into heaven." In 2 Corinthians 11:14 tells us that Satan "masquerades as an angel of light", so that what he says and does sounds good and seems reasonable. But it is nothing more than a false appearance.

You should read the whole chapter, you will find it's speaking about you. As I said earlier no need to reason with a lunatic such as yourself.

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@Keith posted:

How can you know God?

It all starts with accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Jesus Christ provides a relationship with the Father and eternal life through His death on the cross and resurrection, see Romans. 5:10.

Romans. 10:9 promises, "If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." If you have not yet begun your personal relationship with God, understand that the One who created you loves you no matter who you are or what you’ve done. He wants you to experience the profound depth of His care.

Therefore, tell God that you are willing to trust Him for salvation. You can tell Him in your own words or use this simple prayer:

Lord Jesus, I ask You to forgive my sins and save me from eternal separation from God. By faith, I accept Your work and death on the cross as sufficient payment for my sins. Thank You for providing the way for me to know You and to have a relationship with my heavenly Father. Through faith in You, I have eternal life. Thank You also for hearing my prayers and loving me unconditionally. Please give me the strength, wisdom, and determination to walk in the center of Your will. In Jesus’ name, amen.

If you have just prayed this prayer, congratulations!

You have received Christ as your Savior and have made the best decision you will ever make—one that will change your life forever!

Has anyone returned to testify that this prayer works?

@Mitwah posted:

Has anyone returned to testify that this prayer works?

Quite a few, including me. If you would actually take the time to research you will get your answer or you prefer to wait until you depart this world?

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@Keith posted:

Quite a few, including me. If you would actually take the time to research you will get your answer or you prefer to wait until you depart this world?

So  now you believe in reincarnation? Did Christ preach that?

@Mitwah posted:

Has anyone returned to testify that this prayer works?

Prayer works, Mits, but you must keep in mind Matthew Chapter 7: 7- 11! That which you pray for might not be good for you! Our Father (creator) knows what is best for you! Say your prayer and trust God! My prayer is:  help me do that which is right in your eyes and help me understand what you sent me here for and accomplish it! I also thank God for bringing myself, daughter and the one dog.I  have left safely through the night and to have the one innocent  dog.seized.illegally in a criminal conspiracy returned to me

! Then I leave everything in God's care!

What else can I do?

God doesn't 'see' as we do but as we are parts of God, our prayers register with God, the Source, and receive the response most suitable to our purpose here! Matthew 7: 9-11!

My beef.with Keith is that he preached what Paul, a Pharisee, and his acolytes taught! Jesus warned against the Pharisees! See Matthew 5: 20, 16: 6, 23: 15! Jesus started NO religion! He taught TRUTH! Paul started his 'Christian' religion to preserve relations of the high priests and their alien 'god', who Jesus called the devil and to corrupt what Jesus taught among the more numerous Gentile goyim (cattle)! Where did Ananias, he who told Paul 'Receive thy sight' come from and disappear to?.Some rock? Paul never.met Jesus anywhere and was born before Jesus! Why didn't Paul persecute Jesus' followers when Jesus was alive? Jesus visited me but, I'm sure, Keith, you wouldn't believe me! You'd rather believe 'Holy Scripture' because 'it is written' there! Because I believe Jesus' definition of God (see John.4: 24) I don't lie! Well, I've got news for you, the New Testament.is tied to the Pentateuch of the Jews for one purpose which  is even now unfolding - the New World Order of the Zionist Jews with their alien 'god' in control! But you won't stop preaching Jewish BS I' m sure! Even though you are their dupe!

The Solution to Jealousy

Have you ever wondered what causes envy? On the surface, it may seem like simply a reaction that occurs when we want something another person has. But it actually goes much deeper than this: The real root is resentment that God hasn’t provided for us what He has given someone else.

Jealousy arises from a heart overcome by:

•  Greed. We become discontent with what God has given to us, and we want what other people have, believing that will make us happy.

• Selfishness. We compare ourselves to others, and instead of rejoicing with them, we focus on our own life and what we don’t have.

Pride. Seeing the success of other people makes us feel inadequate, and in an attempt to build ourselves up, we belittle them and their accomplishments.

Jealousy and envy can cause great damage to relationships and spiritual health. That’s why it is important to act quickly, correcting such attitudes before they become a habit. At the first awareness of such a mindset, confess it as sin and acknowledge God’s right to bless someone else abundantly. Then express gratitude for what He has given you, and ask Him to help you rejoice with others He has blessed.

@Keith posted:

The Solution to Jealousy

Have you ever wondered what causes envy? On the surface, it may seem like simply a reaction that occurs when we want something another person has. But it actually goes much deeper than this: The real root is resentment that God hasn’t provided for us what He has given someone else.

Jealousy arises from a heart overcome by:

•  Greed. We become discontent with what God has given to us, and we want what other people have, believing that will make us happy.

• Selfishness. We compare ourselves to others, and instead of rejoicing with them, we focus on our own life and what we don’t have.

Pride. Seeing the success of other people makes us feel inadequate, and in an attempt to build ourselves up, we belittle them and their accomplishments.

Jealousy and envy can cause great damage to relationships and spiritual health. That’s why it is important to act quickly, correcting such attitudes before they become a habit. At the first awareness of such a mindset, confess it as sin and acknowledge God’s right to bless someone else abundantly. Then express gratitude for what He has given you, and ask Him to help you rejoice with others He has blessed.

How addressing what I. claimed about you, you fraud?

Handling Conflict and Criticism

Contention can cause painful injury, especially when we feel misunderstood or wrongly accused. If someone speaks untruths about us, it seems as though salt is being poured into the wound. A typical first reaction is self-defense and an attempt to claim our rights, yet God’s Word teaches a different approach.

Contrary to our natural inclinations, the proper response to criticism and conflict is humility. In Psalm 7, David laments being persecuted but immediately asks the Lord to test his own heart and reveal if he has done anything wrong. Then, instead of taking matters into his own hands, he asks the Lord to vindicate him.

Romans 12:19 reminds us never to take our own revenge, but rather to leave vengeance to God. As Romans 12:21 tells us, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” In other words, we must leave the situation with God and trust Him to vindicate us in His time and way.

We should ask ourselves, Am I willing to check my own motives before pointing a finger or becoming defensive? Jesus said we’re to bless those who curse us (Luke 6:28). So let’s ask Him for the grace and humility to examine our own heart and trust Him to be our defender.

@Keith posted:

You know that verse could be addressing you in this modern time though it was speaking to a group of Jews, Jesus says, "You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies" (John 8:44).

Satan is the "father of lies" in that he is the original liar. He is the "father" of lies in the same way that Martin Luther is the "father" of the Reformation and Robert Goddard is the "father" of modern rocketry. Satan told the first lie in recorded history to Eve, in the Garden of Eden. After planting seeds of doubt in Eve's mind with a question (Genesis 3:1), he directly contradicts God's Word by telling her, "You will not certainly die" (Genesis 3:4). With that lie, Satan led Eve to her death; Adam followed, and so have we all.

Lying is Satan's primary weapon against God's children. He uses the tactic of deceit to separate people from their heavenly Father. Some of his more common lies are "there is no God," "God doesn't care about you," "the Bible cannot be trusted," and "your good works will get you into heaven." In 2 Corinthians 11:14 tells us that Satan "masquerades as an angel of light", so that what he says and does sounds good and seems reasonable. But it is nothing more than a false appearance.

You should read the whole chapter, you will find it's speaking about you. As I said earlier no need to reason with a lunatic such as yourself.

'contradicts God's word' then.one of them was God the Creator, huh? So, what were.the others? Which.one was Jesus' God, a Spirit?

Always in His Presence

In today’s reading, David asked, “Where can I go from Your Spirit?” (Psalm 139:7). The more he pondered the possibilities, the more he realized the answer is “nowhere.” God is present everywhere and at all times. This reality causes people to react in one of two ways—some find it a great comfort while others are filled with dread.

People who don’t know the Lord may think that He’s always judging their every move. But for those of us who belong to God through faith in His Son, His continual presence is a great comfort. We never have to walk through trials and heartaches alone, and we have complete confidence that He’s always providing, protecting, and guiding us through life.

This truth should change how we live. Knowing that God is ever-present motivates us to think, speak, and behave in ways that glorify Him. It’s a reminder to stand firm against temptations and pursue holiness.

There’s never a single moment in which the Lord is not looking out for your best interests. Nothing slips past Him into your life by accident, nor does the enemy have even a nanosecond’s opportunity to destroy you. This is the security we receive as believers, so let’s rejoice in knowing God is always with us.

The Assurance of Our Salvation

Many Christians struggle with doubts about their salvation. As they look at their failures, they question whether they’re truly saved. The apostle John wrote his first epistle to assure believers of their eternal security. Throughout the book, he gives three tests by which professing believers can evaluate themselves to see if they are truly in the faith.

1. The Word Test. Genuine Christians believe what Scripture says about Christ—that He is God’s Son, who came in the flesh to die for mankind’s sins.

2. The Witness Test. The Holy Spirit indwells true believers. They experience His transforming work, and He gives them a deep, abiding conviction that they belong to Christ.

3. The Walk Test. Christ’s life flows through His followers and will be evident in their words, attitudes, and actions. The sins they once loved are now repulsive to them, and obedience to Christ is the new direction of their life.

While we can’t be 100 percent certain about the authenticity of anyone else’s faith (Matt. 7:21), God doesn’t want His true children wavering in uncertainty about their own. That’s why John’s first epistle says, “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life” (1 John 5:13, emphasis added).

@shallyv posted:

'contradicts God's word' then.one of them was God the Creator, huh? So, what were.the others? Which.one was Jesus' God, a Spirit?

It.is quite obvious to me that you are very stupid and that"s why you are duped, one of the Jews goyim (cattle)! The track you're on you will.never get off because you have invested too much time in it! Too bad! You' re such a waste!

Guarding Against Doubt

Do you doubt your salvation? Today’s passage says quite plainly that Jesus is “able to save forever those who draw near to God through Him,” since He’s always interceding for them in heaven (Heb. 7:25). Knowing this, let’s take a moment to understand what leads us to doubt—and then let’s counter each of those falsehoods with truth from God’s Word.

Sin makes us feel estranged from God, but His Word says that if we confess our sins, He will forgive and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

Legalism says salvation is maintained by obedience to manmade rules. Salvation, however, isn’t begun or sustained by works (Gal. 3:1-5).

Feelings can make us question whether we are saved, but they aren’t a reliable gauge of truth. Regardless of any doubts we sense in our heart, Scripture promises that Jesus will complete the good work He began in us (Phil. 1:6).

Satan is an accuser, who constantly reminds us of our sin and shame. But Paul assures us that no one can bring a charge against God’s elect (Rom. 8:33-34). 

Don’t let negative influences undermine your confidence in Christ’s ability to save and keep you forever. When doubts come, cling to these truths and boldly proclaim what the Bible says.

Put on the Lord Jesus

Modern culture encourages doing whatever comes naturally, but that approach leads only to self-centered, sinful living. In contrast, we as believers are told to make no provision for our natural or fleshly desires. This means we don’t place ourselves in the path of temptation or consider going back to the old sinful longings, attitudes, and habits that were ours before we knew the Lord.

When I was a young Christian, I heard talk about sanctification and “doing away with sin.” I mistakenly thought that when I was older, I’d have some kind of spiritual experience that would rid my life of wrong desires and thoughts. But that’s not how sanctification works. Instead, it’s a lifelong process in which God’s Spirit progressively transforms us into Christ’s image.

Even after three years in Jesus’ company, the disciples couldn’t live the Christian life on their own. They had to wait for the indwelling Holy Spirit, who gave them strength, guidance, and wisdom. That has not changed—it remains true that apart from Christ’s Spirit, we cannot overcome fleshly desires and live in obedience to God’s will.  But when we rely on Him instead of ourselves, He produces godly desires within us, empowers obedience, and transforms our character into Christ’s likeness.

Grace for Times of Trouble

Trouble is an ever-present reality in this fallen world, and there is no way to totally escape its grip. As believers in Jesus Christ, we usually turn to the Lord, praying that He will change the situation and release us from its clutches. That’s what Paul did when he suffered from what he called a “thorn in the flesh.” On three different occasions, he asked for it to be removed; however, the Lord’s final answer was that the thorn would remain.

The sufferings that the Lord allows in our life are given to us for His good purpose. The apostle’s thorn was designed to provide him with precisely what he needed—humility. The Lord likewise has care and concern for us, and His intention is for our benefit. When He says no to our requests for relief, He says yes to something even greater: His all-sufficient grace.

Perhaps you are in a season of adversity right now. Do you trust the Lord with your thorns, or are you trying to pull them out? Whenever God allows suffering to remain, He gives grace to endure it. Cooperate with Him and exult in His loving wisdom and sufficiency.