Construction Zone: Jealousy

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August 14, 2006

A relaxed attitude lengthens life; jealousy rots it away.
Proverbs 14:30

I have GOT to let go of this junk with ____________. Again.  WHY is this so hard for me?
Lord, help me!  It’s the mind-speak that makes it so bad … that constant internal chatter that focuses on her and being in an ongoing competition with her.  God, FORGIVE ME!   And please, Lord, help  me take these thoughts captive, submitting it all to You.

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Jealousy … competition … “Why her?” … “What about me?”

The situation I was praying about four years ago is, for the most part, resolved.  Though laying down all that mind-speak of insecurity, comparing, envy, and discontent happens daily in my life.
This morning, the Lord brought me to a different verse in Proverbs:

Do not those who plot evil go astray?  But those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness.  Proverbs 14:27

I’m learning that’s the key to all of those issues mentioned above … planning what is good.  Planting in my heart and in my mind the Fruit of the Spirit, preparing each day for ways to serve the Lord and be obedient, and purposeful time spent in His Word.   Romans 12:2 tells us that we are transformed by the renewing of our minds.  The mind-speak can be deafening … but we can be confident in God’s Word to change us, shape us, and equip us to overcome the battles in our minds and in our lives.

What about you?  Any struggles with mind-speak in your life?  What passages of Scripture have you used to combat those difficulties?

Living in the construction zone,

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