"The spirit of jealousy is subject to the power of the keys. With the keys you have control over the attacks of the Enemy. Claim the keys for peace instead of jealousy, and you will have it."
First Published September 1973
Jealousy is a form of pride, because you feel someone is treating you unfairly and you're being mistreated and abused. so jealousy is really a spirit of complaint and murmuring which is, of course, born of pride. You murmur because you feel like you deserve to be treated better. You are being mistreated. You are being abused. You don't deserve it. You are better than that. "I deserve to have him all to myself! She doesn't deserve to have him at all! I am the one that ought to be considered. I am the one that ought to get the attention. nobody else deserves him but me!"
That is pride! That's jealousy! Selfishness is pride! What is selfishness after all but pride? The selfish believe they deserve more than others. Therefore they are unwilling to share. They feel like they've got a right to it all. Nobody else deserves to have any. They get angry if anyone even suggests they ought to share.
Selfishness is the possessiveness of private property, "it is mine, nobody else's! I deserve it and nobody else can have it! I'm the only one that has a right to it!" The truth is that they belong to others as well as you, their time, their attention, their thoughts and counsel.
Watch out the Lord might take them away and then you'd have nothing to murmur about, complain about or get hateful about! You can become like a dog in the manger where you don't want them, but you don't want anybody else to have them either, and you'll lose everything.
Foolish, selfish and jealous people. Do you know what they're willing to do? They are willing to even kill the thing they pretend to love just to keep it away from others, just so nobody else can have it! They would rather see it die than have anybody else have it!
They would rather kill it than share it, that is the ultimate in selfishness, like those women in the Bible: that's the way Solomon found out who really loved the baby! The one who really loved it was the one who was willing to give it up to preserve its life so that at least the baby could be happy and live. (1Kings 3:16-28)
The one that didn't love and wasn't the true mother didn't really care about the baby, only herself, and would rather kill the baby than let anybody else have it! So the proud, selfish and jealous kill rather than let anybody else have it, which shows and proves they don't really love it.
They really only love themselves! That is the ultimate in jealousy. That's what people do when they murmur against others to whom their "love" pays attention and complain they don't love them just because they deal with others. It's just like sticking a knife in their back and making them want to die!
9. you think he's hurting you. but if he loves you and is only trying to help somebody else, that's the furthest thing from his mind. if he loves you and he loves the Lord, he'll also love others and want to help them, too. the same goes for the fellows, also, who are jealous of their wives!
In the long run, you won't kill your competition--you'll kill the one you say you love!--you may kill their love for you, their faith in you and even their faith in themselves! It's a common practice with the Lord: people who are not willing to share what they have, God often takes it away completely and many times gives it to the one with whom they were not willing to share it!
By your selfishness you could be absolutely killing the one you say you love! You know what God did with the Israelites when they refused to give a tenth, He took the whole thing! The only thing that will help you will be to hurt you.
"Unto him that hath, shall it be given, but unto him that hath not, it shall be taken away, even that which he thinketh he hath!"