Yesterday, we introduced envy, and getting our joy from being with God, not having what others have. Digging deeper today, envy is one of the traps Satan sets for us, using our pride, flesh, and satisfy-me-now mentality against us. Satan deceives us…distorts our lenses…into believing that our fulfillment and joy in this life come from psychological, physical, or material answers. In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve had this fantastic set up, direct relationship with God…but they weren’t omniscient and they were gullible (like us). Satan got them to believe they needed an apple (not as appealing as a steak), instead of staying in relationship with God through obedience to His instructions, to meet their deep needs. The trap you see, is, if you believe your happiness and contentment is dependent on your external circumstances, or from someplace or someone else other than God, you are screwed. Those things weren’t meant to bring you what you desire nor can they. God designed us specifically to be immune to those external things, so regardless of our circumstances, or more importantly, the mistakes we make(financial, marital, parenting, sin, etc) that damage our cicumstances, we still have access to a peace, comfort, and joy that is independent of who or what is around us.
Today, look inside and identify some of your traps…apples…that you have been tricked to believe will satisfy your real needs. Don’t get trapped!
More on why envy seems endless tomorrow.
Dear God, You and only You are the source of my joy, peace, and comfort. . I confess my need to control is the apple I grab for a lot. Help me grow in trust of Your control in my life and not have the need to trust my inadequate abilities. Please help me allow You to grow the eyes that see and ears that hear the traps Satan places in my path and choose the Stepping Stone You have for my movement forward to Christ-likeness. Strengthen me through Your Spirit to resist the temptations and impulses of my flesh so i don’t get trapped and again, having to ask Your forgiveness for my me-centered mistakes. But thanks for Your endlsess grace and forgiveness. In Jesus’ all providing death and resurrection, AMEN!
But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.
For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.
Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.
I have enjoyed the series on envy. I think a series helps to keep you focused.