Are You a Compromising Christian?

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, Your Virtual Life Coach

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for it determines the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4: 23
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What do you think of when you hear the word compromise? Some people think of “settling a dispute by mutual concession,” as Dictionary.com defines the term. While this is certainly a good definition when trying to settle a conflict, the word compromise has another meaning as well: “accepting standards lower than desired.” I would add “lower than commanded by God.”

In this blog post, I will use this alternate definition of the word compromise to share my thoughts on how the Body of Christ, as a whole, is today living in compromise and what we can do about it.

In His Holy Word, God has set forth standards of behavior for those of us who follow Jesus. Many in the Church today, however, are living below those standards, not only to their own detriment but to the detriment of the Church’s witness for Christ. In other words, many Christians are living a life of compromise.

What are some of the ways we in the Church are compromising the cause of Christ? Let’s ask ourselves some pointed questions to find out:

1–Am I living in sexual sin? For example, do I call myself a Christian yet I am living with my boyfriend or girlfriend? Am I having sex with someone else’s spouse? Do I look at pornography on the Internet? Do I watch movies that dishonor God by drawing me away from Him? Do I read books that do the same? Do I watch TV programs that ridicule righteousness? Do I listen to music whose lyrics are suggestive?

2–Do I espouse beliefs explicitly contrary to God’s Word? For example, do I support abortion, gay rights, same-sex marriage, and transgenderism? 

3–Do I engage in practices that God clearly forbids? For example, do I read the daily horoscope, play the Ouija board, or dabble in other forms of the occult? Do I get high on drugs or alcohol? 

4–Do I misuse the Bible to make it fit my own agenda? For example, do I emphasize the love of Christ in order to promote the view that God would not send anyone to Hell? Or do I twist the Word to mean that grace is a license to keep on sinning?

5–Do I question the absolute authority of Scripture, choosing to believe only those parts I agree with? For example, do I believe that there are many ways to Heaven? Do I believe there is no Hell? Do I believe that everyone will go to Heaven?

Either the Bible is all true or it’s not true at all. We have no right to pick and choose what we want to believe from the Word of God. When we do, we are compromising the Word and putting ourselves in extreme danger. We are saying, in effect, that we know better than God. This is nothing short of idolatry!

6–Do I keep silent about horrible practices like human trafficking, poverty, violence, greed, and terrorism because I fear man more than God? Scripture tells us that the “fear of man brings a snare” (Proverbs 29: 25). In other words, fear of what others may think or say if and when we stand up for Jesus is the equivalent of making man our god. The fear of man is a deceptive trap that will cause us to fall into the hands of Satan. The fear of man is what is causing most nations in the world to buckle in the face of radical Islamic terrorism. 

7–Do I commit “little sins,” like telling white lies, stealing paper clips from my job, or taking money under the table in order to avoid paying taxes?  What seems like a little sin is really a big sin because it stems from compromise. And compromise leads to spiritual death. 

The Bible teaches that it’s the little foxes that spoil the vine (Song of Solomon 2: 15). What we think are little things are really big things. It’s the little sins that lead to the big sins–if sin can even be categorized as little and big.  In God’s eyes, sin is sin and abhorrent to Him.

So, what causes a Christian to compromise? Greg Laurie has said that “Compromise begins with leaving your first love for Jesus Christ….” This, in a nutshell, is the source of all compromise. When we leave our first love–Jesus Christ–we turn to other loves by default. First among these is the love of self. The love of self then leads to the love of sins that exalt the self and diminish the Lord in our lives.

In closing, I’d like to share a practical example of the harm compromise can wield. Recently, the Lord gave me the wonderful opportunity to tell a very kind Buddhist woman about Him. As I spoke to her about the love of Jesus, she interrupted me to share a very sad experience she had had at her job.

“The little things in life are the big things.” ~ Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

She said that there are two Christians who work with her in her office. The Buddhist woman made it a point to tell me that these two Christians attend church services twice a week. “But,” she said, “these two Christians are harsh and mean in their treatment of others at the office.” From that, the Buddhist woman–who greatly values kindness–concluded that she had no reason to become a Christian. She was already kind in her treatment of others, so Christianity offered her nothing more. In fact, she did not at all want to become harsh and mean like the Christians in her office. So she did not want to hear anything more about Jesus.

The two compromising Christians in the Buddhist woman’s office had not only defamed the cause of Christ by destroying their own witness for Him through their failure to walk in love, but they had also destroyed my witness for Christ toward this precious Buddhist woman.  

Remember this, dear brother and sister in Christ: The world is watching us!  How are you living your life? Are you living it in such a way that people will be drawn to Christ or away from Him? Are you lowering God’s standards out of a desire to fit in with the crowd or out of fear of being ridiculed or persecuted? If so, I urge you to repent.

Compromise has no place in our lives nor in the Body of Christ. Let’s get rid of it once and for all! 

Now, it’s YOUR turn: Have you been guilty of compromise? What did you do to change?  Please leave your valuable comments in the fields below. Thanks! 

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“The Danger of Compromise” by Greg Laurie

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Horoscopes? Ouija Boards? Séances? Are They Really Harmless?

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

Guard your heart above all else,
for it determines the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4: 23

With Halloween close on our heels, we are entering the yearly period of intense occult activity in our land. Not that the occult isn’t alive and active all year round. But at this time of year, it steps up its game. 

What is the occult, and why is it dangerous?


The occult is involvement with demonic supernatural agents. Notice that I said “demonic” supernatural agents. Good angels are also supernatural agents, but they are by no means occultic in nature or function. Instead, they are holy and in total submission to God.

Demons, on the contrary, are in rebellion to God. Demons represent the one-third of the angels who joined Lucifer in rebelling against God. The other two-thirds of the angels remained faithful to God.

Many people today are involved in the occult and don’t even know it. Perhaps you are one of them. If so, read on, because involvement in the occult is extremely dangerous to your spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical well-being.

How can you know if you are involved in the occult? Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

1–Do you start your day by reading your horoscope?
2–Do you call the psychic hotline when facing a problem?
3–Have you gone to a séance, consulted a fortune-teller, or spoken to someone you believed was a dead relative or friend? 
4–Have you played with a Ouija board or experimented with levitation?
5–Have you played with tarot cards, read tea leaves, or used crystal balls to determine the future?
6–Do you play occult games like Dungeons and Dragons or Tunnels and Trolls?
7–Have you had your body tattooed in private places?
8–Do you use occult symbols on your personal belongings–symbols like the pentagram, the number 666, or horned creatures?
9–Do you easily rebel against authority? 
10-Have you engaged in animal sacrifices?
11-Do you watch horror or occult movies or read horror or occult books, like Harry Potter?
12-Have you had out-of-body experiences that terrified you?
13-Are you addicted to drugs?
14-Do you deliberately cut yourself?
15-Are you inordinately depressed, to the point of wanting to commit suicide?

“For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft….” ~ 1 Samuel 15: 23

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you need to take action!  Even if you’ve experimented with the occult “only one time,” you’ve opened the door to a demonic realm that is affecting your life at this very moment.

For example, do you experience panic attacks, nightmares, or inordinate fear? These symptoms could very well be due to your involvement–past or present–with the occult. 

Or perhaps you are tormented by voices continually talking in your head. You may be afraid to tell anyone about these voices for fear you would be considered insane. You may see horrible images in your mind that drive you to distraction, yet you are afraid or embarrassed to share this with anyone. You may have an inordinate fear of something but are unwilling to divulge it. This fear may be due to your involvement in the occult. In worst case scenarios, involvement with the occult could result in a complete takeover of your personality by demonic spirits–something called “demon possession.” 

If you are, indeed, involved in the occult, there is hope for you! That hope is in Jesus Christ!  Before I gave my life to Jesus, I used to read the daily horoscope, unaware of its grave dangers. After I was born again, Holy Spirit showed me in the Bible that what I was doing was sin. I immediately repented and stopped reading the horoscope.

Also, I learned that some of my ancestors had been involved in the occult and, as a result, had passed on to me a generational curse. So, I underwent deliverance ministry whereby I was set free from the generational curse of occult involvement. 

If you have been involved in the occult, you, too, can be set free by the power of Jesus Christ. Jesus is not only able to set you free; He wants to set you free. Go to Him now! Here is a prayer you can use as a model as you ask for His help:

Father God, in the Name of Jesus I confess my involvement with the occult. I also confess any involvement of my ancestors, on both sides of my family, all the way back to Adam and Eve. In the Name of Jesus, I repent of my personal involvement with the occult, and I repent of the involvement of any of my ancestors with the occult. I ask Your forgiveness for my personal sin and for the sin of my ancestors. In the Name of Jesus, I break the power of the generational curse of the occult from operating in my life or in the lives of my descendants. I thank You, Father, for Your cleansing power that sets me free from the curse. Amen!

I’ve listed below some further resources for you. Please take advantage of them as you so choose. If you need prayer or a referral to a deliverance minister, please contact me at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. I will be happy to help you. 

FURTHER RESOURCES FOR DELIVERANCE FROM OCCULT INVOLVEMENT:

1 – My short podcast on the occult: “The Dangers of the Occult”.

2 – “Symptoms of a Bound Life” by Ron Phillips

3 – They Shall Expel Demons by Derek Prince

4 – Prayers That Rout Demons by John Eckhardt

5 – The Bondage Breaker by Neil Anderson

  

 

 

 

 

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Now, it’s YOUR turn: Have you been involved in the occult? What were the results? What did you do to get free? 

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Please check out two books I’ve written that will help you to stay close to Jesus: 


The Daystar Devotional by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD, MFA

Are you looking for daily encouragement in your walk with Christ? The Daystar Devotional will provide just what you’re looking for. Daily readings will give you fresh insight into Scripture verses that will inspire you, encourage you, and strengthen you as you face the challenges of life. A powerful tool for growing in your relationship with Christ.

Available in both print and e-book formats.

CLICK HERE to purchase your copy now.


God Speaks to Me
by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD, MFA

Available in both print and e-book formats.

CLICK HERE to purchase your copy now

If you found this post helpful, please forward it to a friend or relative. Thank you!

Please check our archives in the right sidebar for older posts on a variety of topics. You may also search for a particular topic in the search box at the top right.

Some of our most popular posts:

Sex and Soul Ties

How to Recognize a Controlling Spirit

–Why Rage Is Raging in Our Land

 

For additional encouragement, check out my podcasts at the following links:

A Moment with MaryAnn – Podcasts on Living the Good Life

Winning with the Word Podcast Series

Write Your Heart Out! – Podcasts for Writers

NOTE: If you are struggling to know your purpose in life, I can help you! As a highly experienced Certified Life Coach, I will help you set priorities in line with your God-given purpose. For more information or to set up a phone appointment, please send me an email at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. You’ll be taking a major step toward fulfilling your destiny!

Please tell your family and friends about this blog and please pass this post on to them. Thank you!
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TAKING BACK MEDITATION

by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD, DMin, MFA

Guard your heart above all else,
for it determines the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4: 23

For everything God has created, Satan has a counterfeit. One such original creation of God is the practice of meditation. Its counterfeit is found in the New Age Movement’s practice of meditation.

What is meditation? The word meditation comes from a Latin word meaning to ruminate, to chew over. When one meditates, one chews over a word or a passage of words in order to digest intellectually and ingest spiritually its meaning and application in one’s life.

Scripture points clearly to meditation as a command of God and a chief tool of success in life. Consider Joshua 1: 8: “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.”

Meditating on God’s Word is essential to our growth as disciples of Christ. For this reason, Satan has attempted to corrupt the practice of meditation through its usurpation by the New Age Movement. He has endeavored to place the focus of meditation on the self instead of on God.  Such usurpation has intimidated Christians and rendered them reluctant to employ the practice of meditation at all. Also, whereas New Age meditation involves emptying the mind of everything, Biblical meditation involves filling the mind with the Word of God.

In a search to find a photo to accompany this post, I used the search term “meditation”.  Every result was a rendering of the New Age practice of meditation–particularly photos of people in various yoga positions. Not a single result of my search rendered the Christian practice of meditation.

That tells me it’s time for the Body of Christ to take back meditation! 

So, how does a Christ-Follower practice meditation? Let me share what I’ve learned:

1–Believe that the practice of meditation comes from God and is commanded by God. (See Joshua 1: 8; Psalm 119: 97; Psalm 104: 34).

2–Enter God’s Presence in the Name of Jesus. Invite Holy Spirit’s Presence to fill you anew and afresh.

3–Choose a verse or a short passage from Scripture and read it several times to understand its general meaning. I recommend you start with a single verse until you develop the habit of meditation. I still prefer single verses since I’ve discovered that one verse can contain a wealth of hidden meaning that Holy Spirit reveals only as I meditate on that verse.

4–Next, break down the verse into segments. For example, let’s use Philippians 4:13 as an illustration: “I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me.”  When I meditate on this verse, I break it down into three parts:  

1) I can do all things
2) through Christ
3) Who strengthens me. 

“This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night….” – Joshua 1: 8

5-Recite each part aloud, putting the emphasis on a different word each time. For example:

1) I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me.
2) I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me.
3) I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me.

As you emphasize a different word and think about that word, Holy Spirit will reveal precious, hidden truths to you about the emphasized word and about the verse as a whole.

6-Repeat this process with the rest of the verse or passage. As you do, you will not only be meditating on the verse, you will also be allowing it to take root deep within your spirit.

7-Memorize the verse or passage. Memorization is usually the direct result of meditation. As you meditate on the verse, you will find yourself memorizing the verse as well. Meditation and memorization are spiritual twins that will help you immensely to become more like Jesus.

Remember this: The focus of Biblical meditation is the Word of God. It and it alone must be our final authority. As you faithfully meditate on God’s Word, you will notice that your life is improving. You will begin to experience more and more the abundant life that Jesus Christ died to give you.

And that, my friend, is true success! 

Now, it’s YOUR turn: What suggestions would you offer regarding how to meditate on God’s Word? Please comment in the box below.

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RESOURCES TO HELP YOU MEDITATE ON GOD’S WORD:

Please check out two books I’ve written that will help you to meditate on God’s Word:


The Daystar Devotional by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD, MFA

Are you looking for daily encouragement in your walk with Christ? The Daystar Devotional will provide just what you’re looking for. Daily readings will give you fresh insight into Scripture verses that will inspire you, encourage you, and strengthen you as you face the challenges of life. A powerful tool for growing in your relationship with Christ.

Available in both print and e-book formats.

CLICK HERE to purchase your copy now.

 


God Speaks to Me
by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD, MFA

Available in both print and e-book formats.

CLICK HERE to purchase your copy now

If you found this post helpful, please forward it to a friend. Thank you! Check our archives in the right sidebar for older posts on a variety of topics. You may also search for a particular topic in the search box at the top right. Some of our most popular posts

Eight Signs of Spiritual Growth
Sex and Soul Ties
How to Recognize a Controlling Spirit

For additional encouragement, check out my podcasts at the following links:

A Moment with MaryAnn – Podcasts on Living the Good Life

Winning with the Word Podcast Series

Write Your Heart Out! – Podcasts for Writers

NOTE: If you are struggling to know your purpose in life, I can help you! As a highly experienced Certified Life Coach, I will help you set priorities in line with your God-given purpose. For more information or to set up a phone appointment, please send me an email at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. You’ll be taking a major step toward fulfilling your destiny!

Please tell your family and friends about this blog and please pass this post on to them. Thank you!
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FINDING PEACE IN THE MIDST OF THE STORM

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, Your Virtual Life Coach

Guard your heart above all else,
for it determines the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4: 23
  

Years ago, I was on a cruise ship that encountered a major storm in the North Atlantic. Huge waves rocked the ship and rose nearly to the top deck, leaving us passengers wondering if we would make it safely back to shore.

Perhaps never in my life up to that point had I felt so helpless. The ship’s crew kept reassuring us that the captain had everything under control, but from the looks of things, I wondered.

Well, by God’s grace, we did make it safely back to shore, but not without my learning a very valuable lesson.

As my life went on, I, like you, encountered other kinds of storms that threatened both to shake my equilibrium and to make me feel helpless–storms like broken relationships, financial problems, illness. But during each of those storms, I remembered another storm that took place while Jesus was on earth.

He and His disciples were in a boat making their way across the Sea of Galilee. Tired from ministering to the crowds, Jesus had fallen asleep.

Suddenly, a great storm arose that threatened to sink the boat. In a panic, the disciples awakened Jesus, crying out, “Master! Master! We’re going to drown!” (Luke 8:24). At the sound of their cry, Jesus got up, rebuked the storm, and it stopped. At His command, the raging wind ceased, and the churning sea grew calm.

Take heart! Jesus Christ is in the midst of your storm!

Then Jesus turned to His disciples and asked, “Where is your faith?” The disciples were filled with amazement and said, “Who is this man whom even the winds and the waves obey?”

Today, over 2000 years later, Jesus is still calming storms. Not only natural storms like the one I experienced while sailing the Atlantic Ocean, but emotional storms, relationship storms, financial storms, health storms, and spiritual storms. There is no storm too great or too severe for Jesus to calm. There is no storm violent enough to resist His power. At His command, every storm must cease.

What storm are you facing today? Is it the storm of divorce, bankruptcy, a wayward child? Is it the storm of illness, drug addiction, alcoholism? Is it the storm of depression, worry, or fear? Whatever it is, don’t panic. Jesus is in the midst of your storm!

Just as He was in that boat with the disciples during the storm they faced, so is He with you in the storm you are facing. Just as He saved them from disaster, so will He save you. All you have to do is cry out to Him. When you do, He will hear your cry and deliver you from the storm.

Like the disciples, you will watch in amazement as Jesus brings His peace into the midst of your personal storm. Like the disciples, you will marvel and rejoice at His power and might and, especially, at His great love for you.

If you’re facing a storm today, cry out to Jesus. Expect Him to hear you and to calm your storm. Then write to me and tell me of the wondrous thing He has done for you. ##

Now, it’s YOUR turn: How do you handle the storms in your life? Please comment in the box below.

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RESOURCES TO HELP YOU FIND PEACE IN THE MIDST OF THE STORM:

Please check out two books I’ve written that will help you to find peace in the midst of the storm”


The Daystar Devotional by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD, MFA

Are you looking for daily encouragement in your walk with Christ? The Daystar Devotional will provide just what you’re looking for. Daily readings will give you fresh insight into Scripture verses that will inspire you, encourage you, and strengthen you as you face the challenges of life. A powerful tool for growing in your relationship with Christ.

Available in both print and e-book formats.

CLICK HERE to purchase your copy now.

 

 


God Speaks to Me
by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD, MFA

 

Available in both print and e-book formats.

CLICK HERE to purchase your copy now

 

 

 


If you found this post helpful, please forward it to a friend. Thank you! Check our archives in the right sidebar for older posts on a variety of topics. You may also search for a particular topic in the search box at the top right. Some of our most popular posts

Eight Signs of Spiritual Growth
Sex and Soul Ties
How to Recognize a Controlling Spirit

For additional encouragement, check out my podcasts at the following links:

A Moment with MaryAnn – Podcasts on Living the Good Life

Winning with the Word Podcast Series

Write Your Heart Out! – Podcasts for Writers

NOTE: If you are struggling to know your purpose in life, I can help you! As a highly experienced Certified Life Coach, I will help you set priorities in line with your God-given purpose. For more information or to set up a phone appointment, please send me an email at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. You’ll be taking a major step toward fulfilling your destiny!

Please tell your family and friends about this blog and please pass this post on to them. Thank you!
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Copyright 2001-2017 by Dr. Mary Ann Diorio. All Rights Reserved.

Matters of the Heart is a weekly blog that deals with the deepest issues of the human heart, the issues we all face but sometimes don’t want to talk about. The heart is the programming center of our lives. What is programmed into our heart will affect every area of our lives. Learn how to discover what is in your heart and how to program your heart for success.

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ARE YOU AN ENVIOUS PERSON?

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, Your Virtual Life Coach

Guard your heart above all else,
for it determines the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4: 23
  

Are you an envious person? Has anyone ever asked you that question? Have you ever asked yourself that question?

As we examine the signs of envy, we may be surprised to learn that we all face tendencies to be envious. Indeed, envy is one of Satan’s chief weapons in his attempt to thwart not only one’s destiny but also to thwart the destiny of the Body of Christ.

So, what is envy?

In his 1828 Dictionary, Noah Webster defines envy as follows: 

“Pain, uneasiness, mortification or discontent excited by the sight of another’s superiority or success, accompanied with some degree of hatred or malignity, and often or usually with a desire or an effort to depreciate the person, and with pleasure in seeing him depressed. Envy springs from pride . . .  [and is] mortified that another has obtained what one has a strong desire to possess.”

Envy is an inappropriate, perverted, and misdirected response to our inherent desire for significance. All of us want our lives to have purpose. All of us want to be recognized and appreciated for who we are and what we do. But when the enemy tries to twist this natural desire through envy, the results are disastrous.

When we envy, we are actually expressing anger toward God. We are, in effect, complaining that God has treated another person better than He has treated us. This is a dangerous attitude that smacks of rebellion against God and His wisdom.

Moreover, envy indicates that we are putting our own agenda above God’s agenda. As we mature in Christ, we realize that this life is all about Him. Indeed, we come to realize that everything in the entire universe is all about Him. We are simply human instruments designed to point to Him, to glorify Him, and to worship Him. Scripture says that Jesus is the Beginning and the End, implying, also, that He is everything in between.

So, to envy is to say that this life is about us more than it is about the Lord. Envy is narcissistic, selfish, and self-centered–the very opposite of love.

Envy is an inappropriate, perverted, and misdirected response to
our inherent desire for significance.

Characteristics of Envy

What are some of the characteristics of envy? Here are three of them:

1—Envy hides behind a mask of righteousness which is really self-righteousness. When Jesus healed a woman of a disfiguring back problem in the synagogue (Luke 13: 10-17), the ruler of the synagogue protested that Jesus had violated the Law by healing the woman on the Sabbath. In truth, the ruler was envious of Jesus’ power and ability to capture the hearts of the people in a way that the ruler had not been able to do.  

2–Envy seems to be gender-specific and most often occurs among peers: between brother and brother, between sister and sister, or between two employees doing similar jobs at the same place of employment. For example, it is far more common for a brother to envy his brother than for a brother to envy his sister. Likewise, it is much more common for a sister to envy her sister than for a sister to envy her brother. It is also much more common for an employee to envy another employee in the same place of employment rather than someone with the same type of job but at another location. In other words, people usually envy people on their same level of their family sphere, professional sphere, or social sphere.

This characteristic of envy is especially problematic when it is found in the Body of Christ. A pastor can be tempted to envy another pastor in his town. An elder in a church can be tempted to envy another elder in the same church. A congregant can be tempted to envy another congregant with a ministry gift he would like to have.

3–Envy is usually hidden in one’s heart until a situation occurs that exposes the envy.  One of the most common ways that envy is exposed is through the promotion of someone in one’s family, professional, or social sphere. Usually we are not aware of envy in our own lives until someone in one of these spheres is promoted or honored in some way. Then envy rears its monstrous head.

How to Tell If You Are Envious?

How can we tell if we are envious? Here are a few questions to ask ourselves:

–Do I feel slighted, angry, or offended when one of my peers is promoted or honored? Does her promotion or honor make me feel diminished as a person? 

–Do I feel slighted, angry, or offended at the person in authority over me for having promoted or honored someone other than me? Do I feel that a wrong decision was made?

–Do I wish harm upon the person who was promoted or honored instead of me? Do I speak negative things about him? Do I curse him or wish to inflict pain upon him, even physical pain?

If you answered yes to one or more of the above questions, then you are guilty of envy.

What To Do To Overcome Envy

As with every other temptation, we can overcome envy because our Lord promised to make a way of escape for us in the face of envy. The Word of God says this: “The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” – 1 Corinthians 10: 13

When you are tempted to envy–and, at some point in your life, you surely will be–remember our Lord’s encouraging words. At the first sign of envy, turn to Him. Then pray for and bless the person you are tempted to envy. You will discover that envy will flee and that the love of Christ will reign in its stead.

Now, it’s YOUR turn: What do you do when you are tempted to envy? 

TWEETABLE: “Are You an Envious Person?” by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio (CLICK TO TWEET)

For an excellent resource on envy, read Bob Sorge’s book titled Envy–The Enemy Within: Overcoming the Hidden Emotion That Holds God’s Plan Hostage. Click here to order.

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