Consumed by Jealousy

Part 2

Consumed By Jealousy - Sun Feb 28am

What makes someone jealous? Insecurities? Feelings of worthlessness? Or just an unhealthy obsession? Regardless the situation, jealousy is sinful and destructive. So if God is good, perfect in all His ways, how can He be jealous?

14 For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:

Exodus 34:14

 

Jealousy is desiring the absolute possession of someone or something. However, for humans, we have no right to possess anything. We have no authority to own anyone or anything. God is the only one that has the authority to claim absolute ownership of someone. God has the right to be jealous over you!

The human side of jealousy is sinful and destructive.

When jealousy occurs in human relationships, it can be manipulative, controlling, and possessive. It often shows up in a marriage over a spouse, between dating couples, or even among close friends. It has the potential to occur in any relationship. Jealousy enrages people to irrational and violent behavior!

34 For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.

Proverbs 6:34

 

Sometimes it rears its ugly head as envy over another’s rank, status, or position. Even Pilate, in Matthew 27, recognized the motive of the religious leaders when they chose to crucify Jesus and set Barabbas free.

18 For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.

Matthew 27:18

The chief priests and elders were claiming absolute authority over their man-made religious system. They weren’t about to sacrifice their status or relinquish their control to submit to this Jesus. So they used their influence to condemn a sinless man: the Son of God.

How often do we flaunt this same rebellious attitude? Each and every time we choose our own way over the desires of the Lord Jesus Christ, we are no better than those that cried Crucify Him!

Once you surrender to Christ, His Spirit convicts you to abandon your own will for the will of God.

And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

Galatians 5:24

You no longer live to please yourself because you have crucified the flesh, along with all your plans, passions, and desires. 

Wait a minute! I have a right to my own opinion, don’t I? I can make my own choices, do my own thing!

Although very subtle, this is the most dangerous type of human jealousy. We are all guilty of jealousy over our own selves.

What? How can you be jealous over yourself?

When you choose your own way, when you pursue your own pleasures and walk in the flesh, you are not submitting to Christ. Instead, you are choosing to be lord of your life. In essence, you are acting out jealousy over your own self. You are telling God the sacrifice of His Precious Son wasn’t good enough. You usurp God’s position and become your own god!

Even if you reject Jesus as Lord and Savior, you still owe Him everything. You may not like it, but you have no right to own anything because you are a slave to sin. You don’t even own yourself!

God is the only one who has absolute authority and every right to be jealous over you because He purchased you with His own blood. All that you are or ever hope to be belongs to God.

 

I’ve submitted to God so why does He still have to be jealous over me?

Okay, so what if I agree God owns me? What if I make Jesus Lord of my life? I still don’t understand why God can’t share me with another. It sounds so unfair. I just don’t understand why I can’t have a little input in what goes on in my life.

That’s okay! You don’t have to understand. God is God and He is in complete control. Yes, He is loving, merciful and compassionate, but at the same time He is holy, righteous, and jealous. No sinful flesh can glory in His presence. He is a consuming fire!

I’m not seeking my own glory! I just want to enjoy life. Why do I have to be so fanatical about Jesus? It seems so narrow minded.

God loves you so much and refuses to share you or your affections with another for a good reason. If your life is not completely consumed by Christ, then you will be consumed by something. If you aren’t totally sold out to God, you are giving satan an opportunity to get a hold on you. You don’t have to willingly yield your vessel to the devil. All you have to do is leave a door unlocked or a window cracked and he will gladly take up residence in you.

Your vessel will either be filled up completely with God, or it will be filled with something else. You can’t dabble in sin and still live for Christ. Your whole being, including your very thoughts, must be completely consecrated to God.

Recall the story when Jesus was enraged by what was going on in God’s house. The temple, a holy place consecrated to God, was being used for nothing but a market place where corruption was rampant.

 

And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.

John 2:17

When Jesus saw the temple being used for man’s gain and glory, a money making industry, He was consumed with a zeal, or jealousy. He was determined to guard God’s house solely for the glory of God and nothing less.

Just like the temple, Christ abandoned His desires and committed His body, His thoughts, His everything to be a holy vessel for the glory of God.

David prophetically recorded a promise the Father gave to His Son:

I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.

10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption

Psalm 16:8-10

While preaching Christ on the Day of Pentecost, Peter referenced this same Psalm 16.

He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.

Acts 2:31

The Father kept His promise to His Son. Christ died and went to the grave, but didn’t lay there long enough to see corruption. He descended to the horrific pit of hell, but didn’t suffer or stay there. He marched through hell triumphantly and left victoriously with the keys of death, hell, and the grave.

54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

1 Corinthians 15:54

The same promise the Father made to Jesus is ours. Like Jesus, if your life is covered in the blood of Christ, you don’t have to fear death, hell, or the grave.

Like Jesus, you can be free from corruption!

Jesus led a perfect, sinless life. He lived to please and do the will of His Heavenly Father. The devil had no authority or claim over Jesus’ life. Jesus told his disciples in John 14:30, “… the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.” How many of us can say that? The devil has nothing in me: no stronghold, no secrets, absolutely nothing!

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

Galatians 6:7-8

Christ never reaped corruption because He never sewed seeds to the flesh. What kind of seeds are you sowing? When you plant seeds to the Spirit, you will reap life, everlasting! However, if you scatter seeds to the flesh, you will reap death and corruption.

God is so jealous over you and demands absolute devotion from you because He knows how corruption works. Sin will cost you more than you can pay! Hell is the absolute consumption of those that choose to sow seeds to the flesh. It will be filled with those who refused to submit to Christ!

This doesn’t mean you are going to lead a perfect, sinless life. It’s a battle each and every day: the flesh wars against the spirit. We strive to be more like Jesus “… that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous (I John 2:1).”

However, every area of your life that you reserve for yourself and hold back from God is fertile ground for a seed of corruption to sprout. When corruption sprouts and takes root, it will be like a cancer infecting and consuming your entire being.

David said,

23Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:

24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

 Psalm 139:23-24

Like David, ask God to search every area of your heart and thoughts. Don’t leave any secret sins, habits, or motives unturned. Allow the Holy Spirit to reveal anything that’s not pleasing to God. Confess it! Seek God’s forgiveness and plead the blood of Christ over it.

God desires all your affections because He knows the destruction that will follow if you choose another. Whether you choose to surrender your life to God or not, you will be consumed by something! If you choose to enjoy temporary pleasures of sin and satisfy self, corruption, death, and hell will be yours. But if you submit your whole life, everything you have, to Christ you will reap eternal life and blessings of a loving, jealous God. Be consumed by death, hell, and corruption; or be consumed by God and enjoy all His blessings and benefits. The choice is yours today!

 

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