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AS IT PLEASED HIM

September 5, 2015

1 Corinthians 12:18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.

In this world the Spirit of Jealousy and the Spirit of Intimidation are in operation, and honest believers will acknowledge that these negatives forces do trouble and interact with them from time to time.

Here are my definitions and examples of these troubling spirits:

Spirit of Jealousy = envy, resentment, malice, ill will, covetousness, an unhappy feeling because someone has something that you would like or can do something that you would like to do.

When we look at the accomplishments (promotions/fame) and material gain (houses/cars/ clothes) of others the Spirit of Jealousy attempts to make us envious and resentful concerning the things that we don’t have or have not attained. We can find ourselves questioning why other have and we don’t, for in our minds we are just as good, if not better, than those with whom we are comparing ourselves.

Spirit of Intimidation = the feeling of discouragement in the face of someone’s superior fame or wealth or status, bullying, make timid and fearful.

A good example of the Spirit of Intimidation is in the praying realm. Have you ever heard a person pray that set your soul ablaze and you compared it with your prayer that was a simple few words? You became intimidated and felt you could not pray publicly because you did not sound like the great prayer. What you failed to understand is that God hears and honors your sincere simple words as much as that great prayer.

These spirits are very subtle and before you realize what is taking place in your life these spirits will creep in and take up residence. So, here are a few suggestions to combat against these spirits: Demonic forces constantly bombarded our minds with negativity; therefore, I believe it is vitally important to rehearse scriptures that talk about God’s thoughts toward us, how we were made and our position in the Kingdom of God. Furthermore, I Corinthians 12:18 should be permanently stamped in our minds. God created us the way we are and it pleased Him to place us where we are. Our ill feelings concerning our placement, abilities and accomplishments is saying to God I don’t like what You created, and I don’t think You know what You are doing, and could not You do it a better way? Unknowingly, Satan has us aligning ourselves with him. Finally, like the Apostle Paul we have to learn how to be content resting in the knowledge that God is in charge and His will is being worked out in our lives.

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