Pulling the Plug on Your Faith 10 September Where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
Have you ever had everything going smoothly, seen your faith working and really producing results, only to have something odd creep up inside you? Maybe you began to feel just a little irritated at the success of others. Or, maybe youve begun to feel a little discouraged that a circumstance hasnt yet changed. Watch out! It could be that youve allowed envy or strife to enter in. You see, Satan knows that if he can stop your faith from working, he can disrupt everything. But he also knows he cant very well just come barreling in the front door and steal the faith right out of your heart, so he slips in the back way. He uses envy and strife to interrupt the flow of love in your life. The minute love is disrupted, your faith stops working because faith works by love. (See Galatians 5:6.) Many Christians dont understand that principle, so they struggle along, quarreling and fussing with one anotherand wondering all the while why their faith isnt producing results. They dont realize that if you want to walk in the power and blessing of God, you cannot allow envy or strife into your life. Period. According to James 3:16, envy and strife give the devil an open door into your life. What kinds of evil work will the devil bring through that open door? Everything from depression to murder. Yes, murder! That was envys first recorded act in Genesis 4. Cain murdered Abel because he was envious. So what should you do? Shut the door! Stubbornly resist those fleshly pressures and temptations of the devil. Treat strife just like youd treat a rattlesnake, or any other deadly invader. Refuse to let it in! If youve become aware of someone around you who is being more successful than you, dont be naive enough to fall into the trap that envy is setting. Trick the devil. Turn the tables on him! Start praising God for the success of that person. Do what you can to help them be even more successful. In other words, whatever your situation, start walking in love and laying down selfishness. If youll do that, youll keep the door open for the blessings of God. Youll keep the devil from pulling the plug on your faith!Isaiah 4-6; Psalms 28-29I walk in love and resist envy and strife. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. James 3:16
Scripture Reading: Genesis 4:1-15