Wednesday, 6 December 2017

The Smugness of Being Self-satisifed in Having One's Needs Sufficiently Met

Many in the modern Church in the west are smug behind their wealth. That includes not just those with large houses,  high levels of disposable income, and high-paying jobs. No, includes the many who do not consider themselves rich, but have a house to live in with electricity with a job, or who receive government assistance for the basic needs. Many of such people are just as proud in their hearts as those with large houses, much disposable income and high-paying jobs.

Such people often do not realise that they are trusting in mammon, as opposed to God. A person trusts one or the other (Matthew 6:24). 

They focus on long-term financial planning to ensuring that they and their families needs will be met, instead of simply trusting in God. They look forward to simply enjoying their "retirement", as opposed to working to advance in the Kingdom of God and do good works. They simply want to enjoy spending their life savings in old age, instead of giving their extra money or wealth to the needy, and impoverished. 

Such aspirations are vile manifestations of the love of mammon. They are manifest examples of smugness that many in the west, including the professing Christians, have because of their needs being sufficiently met. They do not even bother to understand the hardship of those who are poor or impoverished, because of their smug comfort.

Indeed, many who are trying to enter the Kingdom of Heaven will not be able to (Luke 13:24). These people who Jesus was referring to are the religious people who not only claimed the Name of Jesus, but who ate and drank in His presence (Luke 13:25-27). They are people who assumed that they are true followers of Jesus and were familiar with Him:

Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:
Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.
But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.
(Luke 13:24-27).

The reason is that many who try to enter the narrow gate fail is because of a lack of true believing faith in Jesus Christ as Luke 13:18-24 demonstrates: 

Then said he, Unto what is the kingdom of God like? and whereunto shall I resemble it?
It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and waxed a great tree; and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it.
And again he said, Whereunto shall I liken the kingdom of God?
It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.
And he went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem.
Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them,
Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

It was not that these people who will not be saved in the end were necessarily those who practiced gross sin like fornication, adultery, sorcery and drunkness, while professing Christ. It is not necessarily even that they simply professed Christ but were not very zealous in their professed walk. No, they were people who fellowshiped with Jesus and listened to His teachings: We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets (Luke 13:26). They are people who others would reasonably think to be a serious Biblically-sound Christian, owing to their appearance of righteousness and knowledge of Jesus' teaching, except that they were not true followers of Christ.

A true follower of Christ is he or she who simply and absolutely trusts in Christ for all things, without fear. He or she is like a helpless child who simply trusts and obeys Jesus Christ without doubting or questioning His teaching or promises for even a moment. He or she does not seek his or her own way, or do anything independently of Christ. He or she is humble in realising that only by trusting in Jesus and Jesus alone can he or she truly be saved. Such is true saving faith which not only saves one from the just wrath of God, but enables on to do good works for Christ. Without works, one has dead faith (James 2:14-26).






In contrast, the mammonised professing Christians are those who are full of double-minded, wanting both the ways of the world , and the ways of Christ, seeking that the word offers, yet wanting to seeking that which Christ offers. They wholeheartedly claim that they must trust fully in Jesus, but yet think that they can also trust in mammon or money as well. They handle their money like the world does, focusing their minds of how they can earn more money for themselves and their immediate circles, as opposed to focusing on God and doing His Will, and then letting the finances come by simply trusting in God's provision.  They love to do their own financial planning, and plan for 'retirement' where they can simply 'enjoy' their lives. 


Tragically, many such mammonised professing Christians will not be saved in the end. Many of such people strongly denounce all manner of sin, especially the gross sins of others, but yet do not realise their own pride in not truly trusting in Jesus Christ with a pure and childlike faith. Such pride is a stench in God's nostrils, and sadly, many such professing Christians will only find out they were not truly saved unto the end. 

To be saved from the wrath of Hell, know this: you have sinned against God by breaking His Law, be it be lying, stealing, taking his Name in vain, and failing to seek Him. The just penalty is eternity in Hell. But God being one who is Love, does not desire any should perish in Hell, a place of suffering and torment. So, He sent His only Begotten Son Jesus Christ to die for your sins, on your behalf. This is so that on the Day of Judgment where God will judge the world, He can dismiss His case against you. Your broke God's Law, Jesus paid your fine. So, to be saved from the just wrath of God, you need to turn from your sins and put your faith in Jesus Christ alone. No good work of yours can save you, because our works are as filthy rags to God, because of our unrighteousness (Isaiah 64:6).

At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,
And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

(Matthew 18:1-4).






Sunday, 19 November 2017

It is Absolutely Possible to be Once Faithful and Fall Away from Christ. Be Warned.

Many local churches teach the dangerous doctrine of 'once saved always saved'. This is a false doctrine. While it is true that "he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ" (Philippians 1:6), one must not only persevere in the faith in Jesus Christ as the whole book of Hebrews exhorts. One must constantly guard against abandoning one's faith in Christ to go back into the world. 

Hebrews 11:14-16 warns the follower of Christ not to go back into the world:

For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.

And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

Even those listed in the Hebrews 11 Hall of Faith were tempted to go back to the world, to seek earthly riches, glory, pleasure and comfort. It is indeed very tempting which is why God allows hardships, suffering, and if not neither of these come, allows relatively little success from the worldly perspective to His servants. Hardship, suffering and receiving little to no worldly success or recognition are needed to ensure that the follower of Christ is not overcome by temptation to go back into the world.

Riches, earthly achievements and worldly success are extremely alluring in drawing people back into the world. They give a sense of comfort and pride in the world, and dull one's heart towards God, causing people to be lukewarm. 

This was precisely the case in the Church of Laodicea (Revelation 3:1-22). They thought of themselves as so wealthy and 'blessed', but Jesus said they were pitiable. Despite of their wealth and earthly security which they were proud of, being so smug behind their wealth, they were spiritually poor, and therefore to be pitied. Their earthly wealth and security meant nothing to Jesus. Likewise, your earthly wealth and security means nothing to Jesus at all, whatsoever: 

I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.  
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
 (Revelation 3: 15-19).

They were lukewarm, having no zeal for Christ like an unbeliever, yet at the same time having the vile audacity to desire His blessings.  Lukewarmness is the manifestation of double-mindedness of the most perverted kind. Show me a lukewarm Christian and I will show you a double-minded Christian, who is unstable in all his ways (James 1:8). Such a professing Christian is full of worldliness. He or she has a form of godliness denying its power thereof (2 Timothy 3:5).

Such lukewarmness is a dire sign. It is the step before apostasy which is extremely dangerous. Once a person who has came to the faith and became a partaker of the Holy Spirit falls into apostasy, he or she is in a position that is even more precarious than the pagan who has never really heard the Gospel and lives in sin. For he or she can only expect a judgment far greater than those who have never heard the Gospel in die in their sins, as he or she has been enlightened about the Gospel. 

The following passages in Hebrews make it absolutely clear that it is most definitely possible for a once very faithful follower of Jesus to turn away from serving Him:

For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,

And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

(Hebrews 6:4-6).
 
For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,

But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

(Hebrews 10:26-29).

The people represented by the seeds who fell among thorns are those described by Hebrews 6:4-6 and 10:26-29: 
 
And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection (Luke 8:14).


Such people will not be saved in the end, but be unsaved, with a punishment more fearful than those who never heard the Gospel. 2 Peter 2:21 even says that it would be better for them to have never known the way of righteousness, for having this knowledge has increased the judgment upon them:

For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.

For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

(2 Peter 2:20-22).
  
Worldliness is what causes a person to fall away from Christ. Such people can even be people with strong faith. Some Christians of the baby boomer generation who grew up or lived in the west during the 1970s, which was a time of great materialism, have testified that many Christians they knew then who were strong in the faith have totally left the faith. Why? Because money and success came, and they became entangled with the cares of the world.

I have also met a Christian of the Millennial Generation who said that she has known some people of about her age who are once very much into the Christian faith, but have totally walked out of it. She did not say why, but I would imagine it would be because of cares of the world. The cares of the world is what the Bible warns against when warning about apostasy, and describing the seeds who fell among the thorns and produced no fruith.

The love of money which is a care of the world is another desire that lead people to err in the faith, and fall away:

Many local churches teach the dangerous doctrine of 'once saved always saved'. This is a false doctrine. While it is true that "he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ" (Philippians 1:6), one must not only persevere in the faith in Jesus Christ as the whole book of Hebrews exhorts. One must constantly guard against abandoning one's faith in Christ to go back into the world. 

Hebrews 11:14-16 warns the follower of Christ not to go back into the world:

For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.

And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

Even those listed in the Hebrews 11 Hall of Faith were tempted to go back to the world, to seek earthly riches, glory, pleasure and comfort. It is indeed very tempting which is why God allows hardships, suffering, and if not neither of these come, allows relatively little success from the worldly perspective to His servants. Hardship, suffering and receiving little to no worldly success or recognition are needed to ensure that the follower of Christ is not overcome by temptation to go back into the world.

The love of money another dangerous ensnaring trap that leads people to err in the faith, and fall away:

But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
 (1 Timothy 6:9-11).

Do not be complacent in your walk in Christ, simply assuming that you will not fall away because you are so faithful. Even the most faithful people are tempted to go back to the world and pursue riches, treasure and pleasure. Do not pursue such things, or you will lose your soul.  

Flee the love of money. Flee the love of the world. Do not love yourself or your life that you become unwilling to suffer to pursue faith in Christ. Anyone who seeks to follow Christ must be willing to suffer and lose all, even his or her own life, for Christ.



Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

(Matthew 16:24-26).











 




Friday, 3 November 2017

The Rich Young Ruler was Not "blessed", but Accursed

The story of the rich young ruler recorded in Matthew 19:16-22 with parallel accounts in Mark 10:17-27 and Luke 18:18-23 is a very sobering one. Many people in the modern Church read it and skim over it, thinking that there is no lesson in it for them. In particular, they think that the commandment to give up all one has for Christ is only a commandment for the rich young ruler.

They love to point out that one does not need to sell everything one has to follow Christ, and make an argument by saying that Jesus did not say people need to literally sell all one has to become homeless or impoverished. However, Jesus makes no such statement. Such a statement simply a legalistic statement which seeks to miminalise Christ's command for self-denial, by the unrighteous use of the law, demonstrating a miminal love of Jesus.

There is no guarantee or promise by God to followers of Christ that they will be rich Biblically meaning that one will live a comfortable life whatsoever. Do not be deceived by the Abrahamic theology rubbish some fools in the modern Church sprout, who love to point out of Abraham was blessed by earthly riches. Do not listen or heed such people, but ignore their contentions and disputes!

The concept of 'blessings' in the New Testament is radically different from the Old Testament concept. Jesus never said that having earthly wealth is a sign of being blessed, that is, to be right with God. By no means! The doctrine that earthly wealth or comfort is a sign or measure of blessings is a doctrine of demons, seeking to seduce people into seeking mammon, instead of God. This is an absolutely fatal doctrine, which can lead people who waver in their faith eventually lose it when suffering comes.

In fact, under the New Covenant, His promises that followers will suffer (John 16:33; Acts 14:22; 2 Timothy 3:12).

Jesus makes it very clear as to what one must do to follow Him. He does not simply suggest, or claim, but proclaims that "whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple" (Luke 14:33). 

He said, " If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me" (Matthew 16:24). 

Jesus made it absolutely unambiguous that "If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple" (Luke 14:26-27).

There are no exceptions or qualifications to the command, not suggestion, opinion, or encouragement, but command to give up all things, including that which may be honourable to follow Christ. That is the true test as to whether one truly loves Jesus, to give up all one has or could have to follow Jesus Christ. 

The frightening thing is that only those who truly love Jesus Christ can understand and accept such a saying. Those who do not truly love Jesus cannot understand let alone accept such a saying. So, if you do not understand what Jesus said when He said that anyone who wants to follow Him my deny himself or herself to follow Him (Matthew 16:24, or to forsake all for Christ (Luke 14:33), you are almost definitely a false convert, and need to seriously reexamine yourself to see if you are even being saved. For Jesus said, "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me" (John 10:27).

Many professing Christians in modern professing Church America and also in Australia where the prosperity harlot 'church' is growing are exactly like the rich young ruler. Yet, of course, they are quick to simply claim that they are not 'rich', as if this meant that they could not be like the rich young ruler. 

The recount of the rich young ruler is as follows:


And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.
Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother.
And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up.
Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.
And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich.
And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!
For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
And they that heard it said, Who then can be saved?
And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.
(Luke 18:18-27).

The rich young ruler though he was right with God, and going to Heaven, as he 'kept the law', and did not lie, commit adultery, murder, steal and that he honoured his father and mother. He thought that made him righteous. However, Jesus rebuked him for thinking that he was righteous in observing such moral laws, in which He said that he lacked a true willingness to give up all he had for Jesus Christ. To such such true willingness to give up all one had for the sake of Jesus Christ it itself to not love Christ, and fall short of the righteousness God requires for one to be saved. 

Indeed, the righteousness is not found in one's conduct, as even the unsaved can abstain from lying, stealing, committing adultery and to honour their father and mother, but are headed for eternity in Hell. Such righteous conduct are only manifestations of love for Christ. They do not constitute the righteousness in themselves. True righteousness is found only in genuine love of Christ, and manifests in the willingness to give up all one had for Christ.

The rich young ruler was not 'blessed'. He was accursed, as he was not willing to give up everything for Christ, which is itself a manifestation of hatred for Christ. A person either loves Christ or hates Christ (Matthew 12:30; Mark 9:38-41; Luke 9:50). So, loving Jesus with a lukewarm love which is not willing to give up all one has for Christ hates Jesus. 

If you are not a Christian, know this. God exists and is the Moral Lawgiver of the Universe. If you have ever lied, stolen anything, looked in lust at any person, fornicated, used God's name in vain, such as by saying 'Oh my G-d', you are guilty before God for your sin. God is good, righteous and just, and so He must punish you. That punishment is eternity in Hell, a place of eternal suffering and torment. But God does not want that for you, for God so loved the world that He gave His Only Begotten Son Jesus Christ, so that whoever shall believe on Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16). God sent Him to die the death you deserve for your sins. You broke God's Law. Jesus paid your fine on your behalf, so that He can dismiss His case against you on the Day of Judgment. It is appointed for a person to once to die, and that this Judgment will come. 

So, turn from your sins, and place your faith in Jesus alone. Your so-called 'good works' will not nor cannot make you right with God, because you are condemned by God for your sins. It is like a murderer who seeks to get rid of his guilt for murder by helping the poor. Such does not absolve his guilt. Turn to Christ today while you still have time. Do not delay it for even a millisecond. It is a matter of life and death.





Tuesday, 24 October 2017

The Curse of Vain Speech which Incites Envy and Jealousy

Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.
But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!
(Matthew 18:4-7) 

Many in the modern Church are causing their fellow saints to stumble by their vain speech and idle babbling, all without knowing. The Bible has much to say about speech. Speech itself has an effect on the hearer, not merely emotionally or psychologically, but spiritually. Indeed, "death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof" (Proverbs 18:21).

The mere listening to, or in the case of the internet, the reading of words, has an effect on one's spirit, mind, and soul. It is the means by which one takes in spiritual food, and can either nourish or poison the soul. Sinful speech is fatal and can lead to death:

But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness (2 Timothy 2:16).

Such talk refers to any profane and vain talk, not just talk about issues that are clearly vain, such as outward 'beauty', nor shameful talk, that is, sexual immorality. No! It refers to any talk that can lead people to ungodliness of any kind. Thus, it most definitely includes any speech which can stir up envy and jealousy in people, especially a weaker follower of Christ who is struggling with such a sin.

There are many in the modern Church who struggle with the sin of envy and jealousy. These are sins of the flesh, sins that are just as serious as idolatry, unrighteous wrath, witchcraft, and sexual immorality (Galatians 5:19-21).

Many in the modern Church speak with admiration about those who are "rich", for example' those who are "professionals", or those couples who have a "double-income". This stirs up envy and jealousy in many people. It is not stating the fact that a person is a professional, has financial 'security' or double-income itself that is a sin. Such may be true, one might say. However, that is what the problem is, that such things are said to incite envy and jealousy in others. 

Even speaking about the basic financial security of one person compared to another can be such vain speech, being spoken in the manner of spirit of expressing admiration, disdain or false sympathy towards those who have less financial security. Such is evil speech which will incite people or tempt people to trust in mammon, as opposed to God (Matthew 6:24-34). 

My friends, flee from those whose mouth praises others for the vain things they have, calling such things admirable, to your ruin. It will only stir up envy and jealousy in you.

Such speech can and often is subtle. It is extremely subtle. Speaking in admiration of the so-called good but vain earthly fortune that others have is a manifestation of envy and jealousy. People who exhibit such speech are under the spirit of envy and jealousy themselves.

Speaking about the good things one has, which others do not have, whether it be money, house, jobs, marriage, education, family, friends, or car, in the manner of spirit of wanting to be admired, or be envied is itself vain talk. One need not be ostentatiously boasting about such things to be guilty of such a sin. 

As long as one has the desire even to the slightest to show how good a position one is in, it is sin, it is vain vile talk. One sins even more by such speech where done in the presence of those who struggle with the sins of envy and jealousy, to their ruin, and even possibly shipwrecking their faith. 

Apostle Paul told Timothy to remind people not to speak things which ruin their hearers: Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers (2 Timothy 2:14).

Speech which in the manner of spirit of wanting to be admired, envied or incite jealousy, is abominable. It is totally immaterial that the content of such speech is factually true. To even think about speaking of people in such a way is itself sin, and is stumbling block. Shame on you if you profess Christ but are full of such vain speech which ruins hearers!

Woe to those who cause others to stumble in their faith in Jesus Christ! 

If you are full of envy and jealousy, and have no problem with it, but call yourself a follower of Christ, you are probably not a true follower of Christ. If you are not a Christian, you will be full of envy and jealousy. You will have no peace and joy because you are not right with God. Only by being right with God, the true God of the Bible, will you have peace and joy.

If you have lies, looked in lust, blasphemed the name of God, for example, by saying, "Oh my G-d", you have sinned against righteous and holy God. You have broken His Law and must be punished by God because He is righteous, good and just. That punishment is eternity in Hell. But God, in His great mercy and grace made a way out. 

That way is Jesus Christ, who is fully God and fully Man. He died for your sins so that you may be saved from God's just wrath. You broke God's Law, Jesus paid your fine, so that one the Day of Judgment, God may dismiss your case. So, be saved from the wrath of God. Humble yourself, acknowledge your sin, turn from your sin and place your faith in Jesus Christ today. Do it today while you still have time.



 








Friday, 20 October 2017

How to Kill Envy and Jealousy

For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live (Romans 8:13).

Jealousy and envy are the most pervasive sins. They are the sins which literally every person commits, including 'moral and decent' people who do not indulge in sexual immorality, live lifestyles of crass materialism, and practice drunkenness. Such things are vile sins and deserve death, but so are jealousy and envy, which are sins of the flesh: Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry (Colossians 3:5)

Just like the sins of sexual immorality, one must put to death jealousy and envy, or else one will die and go to Hell.

The Bible commands us to put to death the deeds of the flesh (Romans 8:13). So, how can one put to death the sin of jealousy and envy?

1.  Wholeheartedly pursue God and His Kingdom, and not your own self

If you wholeheartedly pursue God and God alone, and His Kingdom, you will be filled by true joy and peace. Such joy and peace comes from knowing that one is right with God, and being fulfilled by pursuing God, and knowing that one has nothing to fear. You will be so focused on God and that which is heavenly, such that envy and jealousy will not even enter your mind, as you will know that you have the best that God has for you.

Indeed, Colossians 3:2 exhorts us to "Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth". Setting one's mind on heavenly things and one's mind on earthly thing are diametrically opposed. You cannot do both. You will set your mind on either one. The reason is that "For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God" (Colossians 3:3). That is where the true life is, and only if one is a true follower of Christ does one have true life.


2. Know that earthly things are just earthly, temporal vanities

We live in an age where those who have many earthly things love to make those who have less than them feel inadequate. This includes many professing followers of Christ, who love to stir up envy in others who have less money than them, less holidays, are not being married, who have a marriage that is not as good as theirs, not having a family, have a smaller house, a less prestigious job or career,  or for driving a smaller cheaper car. 

My friends, do not let such professing followers of Christ ensnare you or bait you into feeling envy or jealousy towards them. Know this: that all such things are temporal vanities as Ecclesiastes makes so clear. You cannot find fulfillment in such things at all, not even in marriage and family, as so many people in the modern Church seek to make young people think. 

The only way to find true fulfillment is by pursuing the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. That is the only true fulfillment. Certainly, God may call people to have certain jobs, or to marry and have children, as part of their calling, by which they find fulfillment. But the fulfillment is found not in such things themselves, but rather, because it is part of God's calling for them. It is not that God gives such gifts to people to enjoy Him better, for that is to imply that one worships God through such things. Such is an extremely subtle form of idolatry, and a form of 'christian' hedonism.

No, it is that fulfillment can only come through such things when it is in accordance to God's will to serve Him in such ways because it is God's will for them to serve Him through such means. 

Do not let any so-called 'christian' hedonist deceive you into thinking that the gifts that God gives are to help you enjoy Him better. Such a claim is based on the false blasphemous claim that one can only enjoy God, or that God is only more worthy of one's worship by having such things, such as a job, money, house, marriage, and children. God is to be worshipped with all one's soul, strength, mind, heart and spirit, no matter what, irrespective of whether one has all the things in the world, or if one has nothing. 

This hedonist thinking masquerading as 'gratitude' towards God is a lie, a doctrine of demons. It will ensnare you, as it will have you think that you are less righteous, and less favoured by God when you have less earthly material things. 

However, as Job demonstrates, having less material things does not mean one is less blessed, or less favoured by God. Job was vindicated by God, while his three friends who accused him of being disfavoured by God, as indicated by having lost all his wealth, health and family were rebuked by God:

And it was so, that after the Lord had spoken these words unto Job, the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath.

 
Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job.

So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went, and did according as the Lord commanded them: the Lord also accepted Job.

(Job 42:7-9).

Treat all earthly things, including the good things as vanity. Seek only things which will help you run the race of faith at the greatest speed, and which will maximise your knowledge of God and intimacy with God. Some things may be good, but some other things may be better, and yet some others are excellent in helping you run the heavenly race.

3. Know that this life is fading away and is nothing compared to eternity

How one lives one life matters because of its implications for eternity, not because of its implications for one's life. True life is eternal life, not whether one has a good life know. 

In Luke 12:15, Jesus said, "Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth." Covetousness is caused by the mindset that one's life consists of the abundance of things one possesses. Jesus said this was false. One's life consists of one's spiritual life before God. That is the only life. Without such a life before God, one has no life (John 10:10; Ephesians 2:1-5; Colossians 2:13).

That is why the 'christian' hedonist' thinking as discussed above is so abominable, because it directly contradicts what Jesus clearly said in Luke 12:15. It subtly implies that life's abundance does consist of one's possessions, falsely justified on the grounds that they help one love God better. Having possessions does not help one love God better. It is by humbling oneself before Him, and knowing that great love God has shown one, that helps one increase in love for God:

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

(1 John 4:7-10). 

Be convince when the Bible says: "And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever" (1 John 2:17). It is only those who do the will of God who will live forever, and only those works which will count for eternity. 


All good things on earth, including marriage, are passing away for life is short, in light of eternity. Whether it be possessing earthly power in the world, being married, or possessing wealth, the Bible tells us to live as though one did not have these things:


But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none;
And they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not;
And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away 

(1 Corinthians 7:29-31).

So, do not let anyone pressure you into pursuing these things, by telling you that if you do not have these things, you are cursed, disfavoured by God, disobedient to God, will not be able to find fulfillment or contentment, or will be useless for God. For such is utterly untrue. For the Bible itself tells us not to pursue such things, but rather, live as one is. Rather, allow God to give you such things in accordance to His will and timing, and know that if and when he does, it is only because it is for His purposes.


4. Constantly giving thanks to God for all things, no matter what the circumstances
  
By giving thanks to God for His great mercy and grace in even giving you a single breath, your mindset will be radically changed from one focused on yourself, to one truly focused on God. You do not deserve even a single breath, at all. So, no matter how dire your circumstances may be from a human perspective, you have so much to thank God for. For even a single breath of life is utterly undeserved, because your sins, deserve eternal punishment in Hell. 

Knowing that one does not deserve anything at all will not only increase one's thanksgiving towards God. It will radically change one's mindset from being focused on oneself and satisfying oneself, to fearing God and focusing on God.

It is only by the fear of God that one can kill any sin in the flesh, including the sins of jealous and envy.