Knowing JESUS Daily Devotional | January 28, 2022 | What Does it Mean to be a Christian?

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Knowing JESUS Daily Devotional | January 28, 2022 | What Does it Mean to be a Christian?

Genesis 31:1 And he heard the words of Laban’s sons, saying, Jacob hath taken away all that was our father’s; and of that which was our father’s hath he gotten all this glory. 31:2 And Jacob beheld the countenance of Laban, and, behold, it was not toward him as before.

Dearly beloved brethren, there is a cankerworm that characterise the lifestyle of unbelievers that must never be seen in your life as a Bible believing believer.

It is the sin of envy.

Even thou Jacob had served Laban for twenty years and his presence with him, had brought him, tremendous blessings, yet, he still envied Jacob.

Pause my beloved brethen, are you too, cut up in this web?

Your response should be affirmative no, but if it is yes, you must as a matter of compulsion, repent immediately, because of the eternal consequences of this grievous sin.

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In the same way Laban envied Jacob, saints both in the old and new testaments have experienced same from others . See it yourself.

Isaac

Genesis 26:12 Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him. 26:13 And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great: 26:14 For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him.

Joseph

Genesis 37:9 And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me. 37:10 And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth? 37:11 And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying.

Acts 7:9
And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him,

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Leah

Genesis 30:1
And when Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and said unto Jacob, Give me children, or else I die.

Moses

Psalms 106:16 They envied Moses also in the camp, and Aaron the saint of the LORD. 106:17 The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan, and covered the company of Abiram. 106:18 And a fire was kindled in their company; the flame burned up the wicked.

Our Lord Jesus Christ

Matthew 27:18
For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.

Mark 15:10
For he knew that the chief priests had delivered him for envy.

Paul apostle

Acts 13:43 Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God. 13:44 And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God. 13:45 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming.

Acts 17:2 And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures, 17:3 Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ. 17:4 And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few. 17:5 But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people.

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Beloved brethren, see what the word of God says about the sin of envy and its consequences.

Romans 13:13
Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.

1 Corinthians 3:3
For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

Galatians 5:26
Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

Philippians 1:15
Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:

Titus 3:3
For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.

James 3:14
But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.

James 3:16
For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

Proverbs 3:31
Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.

Proverbs 23:17
Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the LORD all the day long.

Proverbs 27:4
Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?

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Consequences.

Job 5:2
For wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the silly one

Proverbs 14:30
A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.
Galatians 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 5:20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 5:21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

Romans 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 1:30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 1:31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

Ezekiel 35:11
Therefore, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will even do according to thine anger, and according to thine envy which thou hast used out of thy hatred against them; and I will make myself known among them, when I have judged thee

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Dearly beloved always remember, God wants you to be content with your spouse and children and everything, He has given you.

You have no reason to envy anyone. If you desire anything, reach out to God in prayers and He will grant your needs in Jesus name.

1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

The good Lord shall help you in particular in Jesus name.

 

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