We must never be jealous to see other people using Spiritual gifts, like the gift of prophecy. As long as they’re doing it properly in the name of Jesus, and as long as they’re doing it to serve God’s Kingdom and God’s Purposes, we should be Grateful for their help and never jealous. We should praise the LORD to see His power spreading to even more people in these end times. We should praise the LORD that He’s given the gift of prophecy to more people to further His cause. Because his cause is what we are working toward too.
Hello Readers, hope all’s well. Today I present another End Times post.
Jealousy is one of the most powerful vices there is. Jealousy is one of the strongest factors in people’s motivation to do wrong. Jealousy is a powerful force that makes people do things they wouldn’t normally do. Once the jealousy takes over, people lose control and fall into sin, unable to stop themselves.
No Christian is immune to the corrupting influence of jealousy. Everyone needs to be careful, everyone needs to be on the alert for jealousy. A look through the Bible shows us jealousy has always been with us. Jealousy has been part of the fallen human condition since the earliest days.
And a common type of jealousy among Christians is jealousy over Spiritual gifts. But God’s word teaches us we should never be jealous of others for the Spiritual gifts God gives them. Because if someone truly has a gift from God, and they use it properly in the name of Jesus to serve God’s Kingdom, then we should be Grateful for their help and not jealous of them. Our jealousy does not help us, nor does it serve God in any way. Never be jealous for the spiritual gifts of another Christian.
This is especially true in the End Times, because these are the most dangerous times ever. We should be Grateful for every extra person who isn’t opposed to us during these dangerous Times. Besides which, the LORD already told us in His Word that many people would have the gift of prophecy during the End Times. That’s even one more reason not to be jealous— it’s one more reason to thank and praise the LORD, and prepare for the Second Coming.
Jealousy of all kinds, especially over Spiritual gifts, is something we need to be on the lookout for. So let’s take a look in Scripture, and see if we can learn anything about this from God’s Word.
If only We Were all Prophets!!
Jealousy has always been with us, ever since Cain killed Abel. Jealousy is a fact of life here in this fallen world. Jealousy is an unfortunate fact of our fallen human condition; it’s part of our corruption.
Jealousy is a sin, one that tears groups apart. Jealousy tears apart families, churches, nations; any group we can think of. It’s not the LORD’s will that we be jealous of each other, but that we cooperate and build each other up.
One of the most potent forms of jealousy is jealousy over Spiritual gifts. And a look through the Old Testament shows this type of jealousy has also been with us since the beginning. But in Scripture we have a direct Word from God to not be jealous over each other’s spiritual gifts. Let’s take a look at one of the first mention of this. Let’s take a look at Numbers 11.
(25) The LORD descended in a cloud, spoke to him, and took some of the spirit that was on him and placed it on the seventy elders. When the spirit rested on them, they prophesied, but only this once. (26) Two men had remained in the camp, one named Eldad and the second named Medad, and the spirit rested on them. They were among those registered, but they hadn’t gone out to the tent, so they prophesied in the camp. (27) A young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.”Numbers 11:25-29 (CEB)
(28) Joshua, Nun’s son and Moses’ assistant since his youth, responded, “My master Moses, stop them!”
(29) Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? If only all the LORD’s people were prophets with the LORD placing his spirit on them!”
Here, in Scripture, we have a direct Word from the LORD not to be jealous over spiritual gifts, including the gift of prophecy. It’s like Moses says: “If only all the Lord’s people were prophets!”
If all Christians today were prophets who heard from God, the church would be more effective and the Truth of the Gospel would be embraced by more people. There would be more miracles and victories for the LORD. And more sinners would be Saved. In other words, if all Christians today Had the gift of prophecy, it would only be helpful for God’s cause.
So what’s there to be jealous of??
Well, I have some good news for you. God’s Word tells us in Acts 2 that He will give many people the gift of prophecy in the
End Times. Old people, young people, and everyone else; there will be all sorts of unlikely Prophets. God will pour out his Spirit on all people, and they will prophesy.
(17) “In the last days, God says,”Acts 2:17-21 (CEB)
“I will pour out my Spirit on all people.”
“Your sons and daughters will prophesy.”
“Your young will see visions.”
“Your elders will dream dreams.”
(18) “Even upon my servants, men and women,”
“I will pour out my Spirit in those days,”
“and they will prophesy.”
(19) “I will cause wonders to occur in the heavens above”
“and signs on the earth below,”
“blood and fire and a cloud of smoke.”
(20) “The sun will be changed into darkness,”
“and the moon will be changed into blood,”
“before the great and spectacular day of the Lord comes.”
(21) “And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
We should be Grateful, not jealous, there will be so many people with the gift of prophecy in the End Times. These are the most dangerous Times the world has ever seen—we must be Grateful for any extra help we get. When we see other people with the gift of prophecy, we should be Grateful God is bringing more people to our side and using them to further His cause.
We have all the help we need in Jesus, but if we receive some help from human sources too that’s all the better. It’s a pleasant bonus. If there’s even one more person who isn’t against us, that’s great for us. That makes these tough Times a little easier—what’s not to like?? You’re probably aware that our Savior told us more or less the same thing.
Whoever Isn’t Against Us Is for Us
In Mark 9, the disciples saw someone throwing out demons who wasn’t a follower of Jesus. They tried to stop him because he wasn’t part of the group. But Jesus told them not to stop him, because “anyone who isn’t against us is for us,” Jesus said.
(38) John said to Jesus, “Teacher, we saw someone throwing demons out in your name, and we tried to stop him because he wasn’t following us.”Mark 9:38-41 (CEB)
(39) Jesus replied, “Don’t stop him. No one who does powerful acts in my name can quickly turn around and curse me. (40) Whoever isn’t against us is for us. (41) I assure you that whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will certainly be rewarded.
We already know the world is opposed to Christianity; they have been for 2000 years. In Mark 9 Jesus tells us anyone doing works in His name is helping. So let’s be Grateful, not jealous, of that extra help. At the very least, let’s be Grateful to have a little less opposition. That’s almost always a good thing.
As Moses said in Numbers 11, “if only all the Lord’s people were prophets!” If that were the case, our mission as Christians would be so much easier. We must never be jealous to see other people using Spiritual gifts, like the gift of prophecy. As long as they’re doing it properly in the name of Jesus, and as long as they’re doing it to serve God’s Kingdom and God’s Purposes, we should be Grateful for their help and never jealous. We should praise the LORD to see His power spreading to even more people in these end times. We should praise the LORD that He’s given the gift of prophecy to more people to further His cause. Because His cause is what we are working toward too.
Jealousy is a sin, and the desire to serve God’s Kingdom more does not excuse it. If we want to serve God’s Kingdom to the point where we become jealous of other people’s spiritual gifts, then we’re suffering from the sin of vanity. Our vanity can never please the LORD, since it means we want to serve God’s Kingdom to exalt ourselves and not because we really want to serve. We want to be seen as the most Spiritual Christian with the most Spiritual gifts.
Jealousy is against God’s Will. Don’t fall into that trap. Be grateful and happy to see any other Christian with the gift of prophecy serving God’s Kingdom.
The End Times are the most dangerous Times the world has ever seen. Be grateful for any extra help we get. Be grateful for any extra person who isn’t against us. Be grateful for any extra person serving God’s kingdom. There’s no room here for sinful jealousy.
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