What Prompted Me To Write About Jealousy?
Every once in while I like to read though posts or journal entries I have written in the past. It helps me see what God has done in my life, how far I have come and reminds me of wonderful lessons that the Lord has taught me.
Often a lesson from your past will speak to your present circumstances and remind you of how much God loves you. The following is a post I wrote back in 2009! It ministered to me then just as it does now. I hope it ministers to your heart as well!
Have you ever, or do you ever feel jealous?
If we are all being honest, I think it would be fair to say that at some point in our lives, we have all felt the feeling of jealousy. When I was a kid I used to get jealous when one of my friends wanted to spend time with someone besides me. I felt jealous when someone got the new boots that I had been wanting for 4 months. I felt jealous over a lot of stuff.
I think as kids, we trick ourselves into thinking that when we “grow-up” we won’t feel jealous anymore. We trick ourselves into thinking that when we grow up we will be more confident, bold, satisfied, etc…but, that’s not really the truth, is it?
No matter how much older we get the only way we truly “grow-up” is to “grow-in” the Fathers love. If this doesn’t happen we will be just as jealous and insecure at 35 as we were at 15.
The Father has been teaching me a very freeing lesson about jealousy. It has changed me, and it has helped me to truly be happy for others when they are blessed.
I have always had this tendency to feel jealous when other people get to travel to wonderful places. Well, truth be told I used to be jealous over many things, but this is what Father used to teach me in a big way, so, this is my example.
One day I found myself saying, “I am so jealous! I wish I could go there!” When I felt Father speak to my heart in the following way.
Father “Daveda, don’t you know how much I love you?”
Me “Sure, I know you love me.”
Father “You must not REALLY believe that I love you or you wouldn’t feel jealous. You would know in your heart that my desire is to bless you. Give your heart to me”
Me *lightbulb* “Ahhhhhh, I see”
Do you see? The only reason we have to feel jealous is if we believe that Father loves someone else better than us. We only feel jealous when we believe that’s why they got this wonderful blessing, and we didn’t. He must like them, love them, more than me.
But, that’s not the truth, it’s a lie.
The truth is, God wants to bless us too. We just don’t believe that He does, so we don’t think to ask Him.
Shortly after the Lord spoke to my heart about this, I was looking through some pictures that were posted online of a wonderful trip overseas, taken by a friend, and I found myself thinking “Wow! This must be really amazing, I wish I could go somewhere like this.” When I felt this overwhelming peace come to my heart as I turned to Jesus and said “Thank you Jesus that you love me, just as much as this person, and if you can send her to this wonderful place, you can send me somewhere someday too. I know you love me Lord”
You see, we only feel jealous when we do not know Fathers love and His heart to give to us. We only feel jealous when we believe the lie that says – God must love them better than me-.
The truth is that God loves you and wants to bless you. This work of being set free and experiencing life in abundance starts in our hearts as we begin to believe in His love for us, as we begin to turn to Him and ask Him to help us trust in His love, His power, His favor at work in our lives.
Freedom from jealousy is found in Jesus. It is found in learning to live in the wonderful gift of right standing He gave to us!
Turn your heart to Jesus and ask Him for a fresh revelation of His love for you today!
This is where Freedom Begins!
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BIO: Daveda Schmidlin is a former pastor, teacher and speaker turned Stay at Home, Networking Marketing, Homeschooling Mama with a passion for overall health and wellness. Daveda has build a successful, home based business with It Works! Global and her desire is to inspire others to live healthy spiritually, mentally, financially and physically.