As Israelites we have a MASSIVE problem with the spirit of ENVY. In the 12 Patriarchs, one of the forefathers of the 12 Tribes, Simeon, warns us of this…and we must take HEED,
7 For in the time of my youth I was jealous in many things of Joseph, because my father loved him beyond all.
8 And I set my mind against him to destroy him because the prince of deceit sent forth the spirit of jealousy and blinded my mind, so that I regarded him not as a brother, nor did I spare even Jacob my father.
9 But his God and the God of his fathers sent forth His angel, and delivered him out of my hands.
10 For when I went to Shechem to bring ointment for the flocks, and Reuben to Dothan, where were our necessaries and all our stores, Judah my brother sold him to the Ishmaelites.
AND my father asked concerning me, because he saw that I was sad; and I said unto him, I am pained in my liver.
2 For I mourned more than they all, because I was guilty of the selling of Joseph.
3 And when we went down into Egypt, and he bound me as a spy, I knew that I was suffering justly, and I grieved not.
4 Now Joseph was a good man, and had the Spirit of God within him: being compassionate and pitiful, he bore no malice against me; but loved me even as the rest of his brethren.
5 Beware, therefore, my children, of all jealousy and envy, and walk in singleness of heart, that God may give you also grace and glory, and blessing upon your heads, even as ye saw in Joseph’s case.
6 All his days he reproached us not concerning this thing, but loved us as his own soul, and beyond his own sons glorified us, and gave us riches, and cattle and fruits.
7 Do ye also, my children, love each one his brother with a good heart, and the spirit of envy will withdraw from you.
8 For this maketh savage the soul and destroyeth the body; it causeth anger and war in the mind, and stirreth up unto deeds of blood, and leadeth the mind into frenzy, and causeth tumult to the soul and trembling to the body.
9 For even in sleep malicious jealousy gnaweth, and with wicked spirits disturbeth the soul, and causeth the body to be troubled, and waketh the mind from sleep in confusion; and as a wicked and poisonous spirit, so appeareth it to men.
10 Therefore was Joseph comely in appearance, and goodly to look upon, because no wickedness dwelt in him; for some of the trouble of the spirit the face manifesteth.
11 And now, my children, make your hearts good before the Lord, and your ways straight before men, and ye shall find grace before the Lord and men.
11 And when Reuben heard these things he was grieved, for he wished to restore him to his father.
12 But on hearing this I was exceedingly wroth against Judah in that he let him go away alive, and for five months I continued wrathful against him.
13 But the Lord restrained me, and withheld from me the power of my hands; for my right hand was half withered for seven days.
14 And I knew, my children, that because of Joseph this had befallen me, and I repented and wept; and I besought the Lord God that my hand might be restored and that I might hold aloof from all pollution and envy and from all folly.
15 For I knew that I had devised an evil thing before the Lord and Jacob my father, on account of Joseph my brother, in that I envied him.
16 And now, my children, hearken unto me and beware of the spirit of deceit and envy.
17 For envy ruleth over the whole mind of a man, and suffereth him neither to eat nor to drink, nor to do any good thing. But it ever suggesteth to him to destroy him that he envieth; and so long as he that is envied flourisheth, he that envieth fadeth away.
18 Two years therefore I afflicted my soul with fasting in the fear of the Lord, and I learnt that deliverance from envy cometh by the fear of God.
19 For if a man flee to the
Lord, the evil spirit runneth away from him and his mind is lightened.
20 And henceforward he sympathiseth with him whom he envied and forgiveth those who are hostile to him, and so ceaseth from his envy.
Proverbs 23:17 – Let not thine heart envy sinners: but [be thou] in the fear of the LORD all the day long.
1 Peter 2:1 – Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,
James 3:16 – For where envying and strife [is], there [is] confusion and every evil work.
Proverbs 24:1 – Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.
Titus 3:3 – For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, [and] hating one another.
1 Corinthians 13:4 – Charity suffereth long, [and] is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
1 Timothy 6:4 – He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
Galatians 5:26 – Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
Romans 1:29 – Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
Mark 15:10 – For he knew that the chief priests had delivered him for envy.
Proverbs 24:19 – Fret not thyself because of evil [men], neither be thou envious at the wicked;
James 5:9 – Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.
James 4:5 – Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?
Proverbs 3:31 – Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.
Theres HUNDREDS of scriptures, stories and scenarios in the Bible and the Apocrypha dealing with ENVY such is its spiritual hold on our people. If Envy is a particular issue for you, and is something you battle with, I suggest you REPENT and then FAST for as long as you can, as its a evil spirit that can be disposed off through the blood and faith in Christ Yashaya (The real name of the Messiah).