The Incessant​ Whispers of Envy

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Envy is the lie at the heart of comparison.

It whispers with an incessant voice:

“you are not enough”,
“you don’t have enough”,
“you could be enough if only….”

Envy robs you of enjoying what you do have and who God has created you to be.

When you believe the lie of envy, you immediately trade abundant life for an abundant lie.

“For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness.

‭‭Colossians‬ ‭2:9-10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

God does not envy. He has everything, he is everything. He is not lacking in any area and he has made all his resources available to you in Christ.

In Christ, you are enough. You are embraced, loved, cherished, equipped, empowered and complete. You have been given access to all that is in God in Jesus.

God’s plan for your life is not to be consumed by envy.

Confess it, take it to the cross, leave it there.

Begin to walk in the fullness of who you are in Christ and leave the emptiness of envy at the cross today.

Don’t waste another second on it.

Repeat It

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“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

Hebrews 13:5 NIV‬‬

You can’t see it in the English Translation but in the original language it reads more like this:

“for He, God, Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. I will not, I will not, I will not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let you down or relax My hold on you! Assuredly not!” ‬ ‭(Amphlified Version)

It is worth repeating because it is a truth worth believing.

And one you can easily forget.

When you are facing financial stress and can’t see how you are going to make it, go back to this promise. When you are feeling like you don’t have enough, go back to this promise. When you are feeling that you are not enough, go back to this promise – Jesus will not fail you, give you up or leave you without support. He will not leave you helpless. He will not forsake you. He will not relax His hold on you. No never, no never, no never.

Your peace does not lie in enough but in Jesus.

Circumstances will come and go but Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.

Repeat it and believe it. 

Enough


I ask a lot of questions. 

When I read “my yoke is easy”, I ask the Lord, “How?”.

Life isn’t easy. Bad things happen to good people. Hurt people hurt people. Finances can change like the wind. 

I’ve learned that being yoked with Christ doesn’t always change the realities of life but He changes how I deal with them, how I carry them.

I think that the apostle Paul knew about being yoked with Christ. One of the most remarkable statements he makes is in Phillipains 4:12:

“I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little.” ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:12‬ ‭NLT‬‬

The Greek word used for content here is “autarkēs“, from the root word “arkeō” that means:

1) to be possessed of unfailing strength
a) to be strong, to suffice, to be enough
1) to defend, ward off
b) to be satisfied, to be contented

When I look at my level of contentment I wonder, how much of my discontentment stems from my feeling that I’m not enough? That thing that makes me feel like I continually need to do more, to be more, to have more, to alleviate this unspoken deficit? 

How many times have you thought,” I’m just not strong enough”, “I just can’t do this”? Or worse, had that feeling of shame because you associate your circumstances with your worth? 

Without Christ I know I am not enough, I know I am not strong, I don’t suffice and certainly do not possess unfailing strength. 

But I am not without Christ. 

He has embraced me with His grace and salvation. He has paid the price for my “not enough” and given me His “more than enough” to live in. 

Circumstances change.
Contentment doesn’t have to. 

Finances change.
Jobs change.
Our bodies change.
People change.
Life changes.
God does not change.

When Paul wrote this when he was in prison. His contentment didn’t come from his surroundings. 

Contentment is not an emotion to possess, a feeling to pursue, or a goal to aspire to. It is a fact of new life, a reflection of how God sees you, a reality paid for by the Cross. Paul discovered the “secret” because contentment is not an state of being based on changeable emotions but a state of knowing based on the unchangeable nature of God. 

Without the cross, I am left on my own to make it through this life the best I can. 
With the cross, I am with Christ.
Yoked and yielded. 

Connected and content. 

“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:13‬ ‭NLT‬‬

How different will your life be as you began to walk in the truth that in Christ you are enough? 

What does your life look like when your contentment becomes unchangeable even as the world around you changes? 

Enough

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“Two things I ask of you, Lord; do not refuse me before I die: Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭30‬:‭7-8‬ NIV)

Life is a journey to eternity, one day at a time.

It takes vision to see that if you focus on what is true, if your think what is true,
if you speak what is true, that it will radically impact the course of your life.

How much of our lives are spent wrestling with lies told to us and paying for the lies we tell others?

How much of our relationships are bogged down in the mire of trying to figure out what is true and what is false?

It takes wisdom to know that
you don’t learn this in a day,
but you learn it one day at a time.

Give me only my daily bread.

Give me what I need today.

Give me
just enough food,
just enough money,
just enough strength,
just enough grace,
just enough love,
just enough perseverance for today.

Give me just enough for today.

Let me eat until I’m satisfied,
pay the bills due today,
use all the strength, grace, love and perseverance that you have given me to get through today and have none left over.

When you know that enough will be provided for tomorrow, you can rest in the enough you have today.

Two things I am asking God to give you today: the ability to focus, think and speak the (His) truth in your life,

And

The ability to trust, rest in and enjoy your enough for today.