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Cast Out the Spirit of Jealousy With These Biblical Principles – Kris Vallotton

The apostle James wrote , "For where there is envying and strife, there is confusion and every evil work" (James 3:16).        I have struggled with jealousy most of my life. Jealousy wears many masks. Sometimes it calls itself discernment as it searches the heart of its victim looking for reasons to discredit them. But the gift of discernment, anointed by the spirit of jealousy, is suspicion. Suspicion is discernment's wicked stepsister. Jealousy is pure evil. It opens the door to demonic spirits in our life like no other sin.        Jealousy inspired Cain to kill Abel, Joseph's brothers to sell him into slavery and King Saul to want to destroy David, his greatest and most loyal soldier. Like the women who lined the streets and sang, "Saul has killed his thousands and David his   ten thousands," jealousy is often inspired by someone getting more attention or being more popular than we are. Saul's jealousy opened the door to the spirit of ins

Understanding The Message Of The Cross

“For to those who are perishing the message of the cross is foolishness, but to us who are being saved it is God’s power” (1Corinthians 1:18).        A young man wore a huge gold chain with an equally huge gold cross pendant. It looked beautiful, ostentatious and loud. Looking at it, it was like a huge billboard declaring the faith of the wearer and the fact that he feels a sense of pride in brandishing the cross pendant in the face of the devil. It was beautiful to behold, if not for the words that were coming out of his mouth. Each sentence was punched and laced with expletives and foul language. The contrast of what he was wearing to what was coming out of his mouth was incredible. At that moment, I felt aghast that he could wear such a beautiful piece of jewelry symbolizing Christ’s suffering, yet he could carry on in the manner he was doing. So many wear the cross to either showcase their faith or as an ornament. Some equally wear it as a form of protection against the fo

The Mystery Of The ‘IT’ In Marriage

      One thing is sure, marriage is not an institution one rushes into without giving a careful thought to one’s motives and preparation. So many young people feel they can continue the way they had been living their lives before committing to the one person. They realize to their dismay that things are not working out the way they had heard or thought. When God created the institution of marriage (mind you, He created it), it was perfect; it was created for a purpose with a goal in the mind of God. The purpose of marriage is for man and his complete (wife) to be one flesh in order for them to multiply, be fruitful, fill the earth with godly seeds (replicas of themselves), have dominion over all created things and most importantly to subdue the ‘it’ that is hell bent on circumventing the purpose and goal of God for creation: “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord’s glory, as the waters cover the sea” (Habakkuk 2:14). It is clear that if the ‘IT’ is not deal