Deception, Envy, and Greed.

One would think that the higher one reaches and 


the deeper one digs to uncover their God given 


gifts and talents the more people, especially those 


closest to us, would be excited and supportive of 


us. It is very sad when we learn that those closest


 to us... are sometimes the culprits who belittle 


our efforts. Even worse, some will secretly plot


 in hopes that we will fail.

Deception, Envy and Greed



















One gets a foretaste of what hell will be 


like every time they engage in acts of


Deception, Envy, and


Greed.

The Scriptures are quite clear 


regarding sin being the root 


of all evil in the world.


Matthew 15:19, Romans 5:12, James 1:15

Sin is described, in the 


Scriptures, as deceitful.


Hebrews 3:13: Mark 4:19


Why?



 Because sin promises... 


what it cannot produce.

 

Sin promises life, but ends in death;


Sin promises ecstasy, but ends in misery;

 

Sin promises satisfaction, but ends in 


suffering.



Often we choose to be bamboozled by sin, 


desiring to trust its bogus assertions... 


rather than trusting God who owns and 


controls it all.


We exist in a kind of void, in which


individualism flourishes, and narcissism, 


ego, materialism, the pursuit of self, wealth, 


status and greed are ever present.

Deception is the act of intentionally misleading 


someone to accept false, fraudulent, and invalid 


statements as true and/or valid. 


Satan, the originator and father of lies and 


deception is notorious for orchestrating such 


vile actions

Lies and deceit comes from


 many sources.


There are lying spirits who lead astray 


1 Timothy 4:1; 


there are “evildoers and impostors” 


looking for unsuspecting individuals 


2 Timothy 3:13


and if the truth be told...our own 


hearts are deceitful. 


Jeremiah 17:9 



Self-deception is common in our falle


world. Isaiah 44:20 speaks of an idolater 


who is misled by his own “deluded heart.” 


The prophet Obadiah identifies arrogance 


as one of the roots of self-deception: 


“The pride of your heart has deceived you.”


Obadiah 1:3


 

Human pride always blinds us to truth.

 

It promises honor, but it delivers disgrace:

 

“Pride goes before destruction,

 

a haughty spirit before a fall.” 


Proverbs 16:18

Happiness, peace of mind, and a good night's 


sleep do not lie in wicked, deceitful ways.

Envy (also called invidiousness) is one 


of the most potent causes of unhappiness. 


Envy is the deep and painful or often hostile


 resentment/emotion one feels toward another


 who possesses something they want, like 


wealth, achievement, perceived superior 


quality, possessions, beauty, or any advantage 


enjoyed by another.

Envy tends to lust after or to long for, with 


great desire, something that is not their 


property and not rightfully theirs to long after. 


As James 1:15 tells us, the inner person is


 where sin originates.


Envy sets its heart on things that belong 

to another.

At its root, coveting is the result of envya sin which,


once it takes root in the heart, leads to greater sins. 



Jesus reiterated this very thought in the 


Sermon on the Mount


when He saithat lust in the heart is every


 bit as sinful as committing adultery. 


Matthew 5:28


Envy goes beyond casting a longing glance at 


what another builds or buys. Once dwelled upon, 


envy of another’s talents and/or possessions can


 turn to feelings of resentment and hatred for the


 other.

The New Testament identifies covetousness 


as a form of idolatry, a sin which God detests. 


Colossians 3:5



 In the end, envy and covetousness are Satan’s 


tools to distract us from pursuing the only thing 


that will ever help us realize peace, joy, and 


true contentment...


God Himself.

Those who are greedy are ever in want. They are


 stuck in an endless effort to be full of desire


without ever reaching satisfaction.

There are many warnings in the Scriptures 


about embracing greed and yearning for riches.

 

Jesus warned, “Watch out! Be


 on your guard against alkinds


 of greeda man’s life does not


 consist in the abundance of his 


possessions.” 


Luke 12:15

Possessions do not satisfy 


an empty soul.

Greed is an unreasonable, unnecessary, egotistical, 


insatiable longing, or entitlement for unneeded excess,


especially for more wealth, more status, more power, 


or more food.


Greed wants it all.



Greed gives rise to anger, delusion, and 


obsession.

 Greed  is the excessive or rapacious desire and 


pursuit of money, wealth, and power. It is based


 on incorrectly connecting material wealth with


happiness. Greed is a bottomless pit. For where 


envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every 


evil thing are there.  

Greed and a desire for riches are traps that 


bring ruin and destruction.

Greed wrecks relationships, stresses the heart, and 


sears the soul. It is a vicious merry-go-round that 


never stops. 

Greed is insatiable grasping to selfishly acquire 


or possess more than one needs. 


Greed always has an insatiable


 desire for more... a lot more.

 According to Colossians 3:5, 


greed is a form of idolatry.

 One can be so seduced by the good life... they 


become preoccupied with power. They furiously 


race after the dollar and things...that they lose 


themselves and lose sight of what really matters.  

 May we reach for greatness


rather than greed.


In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said,


 “No one can serve two masters, for either he 


will hate the one and love the other, or he will be


 devoted to the one and despise the other. You 


cannot serve God and money.”


Matthew 6:24 


This verse comes at the end of a passage in which 


Jesus tells us to...


 “Lay up treasures in heaven.” 



Here, Jesus likens the “Love of money” to idolatry. 


He refers to money as a “master” we serve at the


expense of serving God. 



We are commanded by God to have 


“No other gods” before the 


only true and living God. 


Exodus 20;3

(the first commandment) 



Anything that takes first place in


 our lives other than our Creator, 


God... is an idol and makes us 


guilty of breaking the first


commandment.

If we would re-examine our lives to see where and how 


our time, allegiance, energy, and affection are spent on 


a daily basis..we could see whom or what we are


 truly worshiping.

Money and possessions can do great good when 


used wisely and kept in the proper perspective.


The quarrel is with material gods...


NOT material goods.

It is the love of moneynot 


money itself, that is a source 


of all evil.


1 Timothy 6:10 



Wealth is morally neutral; there


is nothing wrong with money, in 


and of itself, or the possession 


of money. However, when money 


becomes one's god and it is 


worshiped and adored.. that’s 


when incredible evil and sin rears


 its ugly head.

"A wolf in sheep's clothing"


has become a common metaphor for any


 hidden danger,or for any enemy putting


on a false display of friendship.


"A wolf in sheep's clothing" is something 


harmful or problematic disguised as 


something peaceful or pleasant. 


Deception is a cruel act.


Deception often has many players on different 


stages. Deception involves concepts like propaganda,

 

distraction and/or concealment. Deception is a lie 


reduced to practice. 


Some mediocre people resent the achiever. They 


become furiously jealous because of the achiever's


 unusual ability. They feel threatened and will go 


into misdirected quests to create obstacles, 


dead-ends, and roadblocks for others.



God has blessed each of us with such wonderful 


gifts, talents, and abilities. Each of us is unique 


and called by God for different tasks and ministries. 



Sadly, the envy monster cannot see the forest for


 the trees.

The evil doer often comes to harm
 
through his own deceit. 
Satan is the master of deceit.

Satan's greatest deception is to lead us to 

believe that he is not Satan.

The very essence of

Deception, Envy, and Greed

 is self-will.

Envy looks with ill-will toward another.
 
 If the other person is perceived to be similar to the 

envier, the aroused envy will be particularly intense,
 
because it signals to the envier that it just as well
 
could have been he or she who had the desired

 object.

Envy looks through a microscope. It wishes 

to inflict misfortune on others. 
  Envy is our least becoming quality.It is one of the most 

potent causes of unhappiness. If we compare ourselves 

with others we can become consumed, vain and bitter 

by our own passion. 

Envy eats nothing but its own heart. The fastest way to 

despair is by going to the land of comparisons and Envy.

 Most of the time we Envy one quality about a person,

and we presume the rest of their qualities are as perfect

as the one we want. That's usually not the case.

 Comparing one's insides with another's outsides is a 

waste of precious time. Instead of comparing our lot 

with that of those who may appear more fortunate than 

we are, we should count our blessings and be the

 best we can be. It takes a lifetime to do this.

F.Y.I. 
  Jealousy fears to lose what it has; Envy is pained at 
seeing another have.

Joseph's Dream 

Joseph had a difficult journey.

This young man was hated for being the object of 

his father's affection and for having a gift that was 

given to him by God. When he shared his dream 

with his brothers, he was not trying to set himself 

above his brothers. He was simply sharing and 

hoping that he was going to receive clarity about

 his dream. 

Joseph's brothers did not like his dreams because 

they thought Joseph felt he was better than they were. 

They hated him even more. Have you ever been in a 

place like this? A place where you were not trying to 

brag or boast, but you simply needed clarity? 

In ancient times, dreams were a serious matter,

treated with respect. God often used dreams to 

tell of some future event, or warn people of 

approaching times of crisis.

Those who were able to interpret dreams quickly

rose to positions of importance within the empire. 

 So as the story goes...

a few days later Joseph's father asked him to check 

on his brothers. They were in the fields quite a 

distance away. So Joseph went to find them.When 

the brothers saw Joseph in the distance, they knew 

him by his bright garment; and one said to another: 

"Look, that dreamer is coming! They began to talk 

to each other about how they could get rid of him.

Come, let us kill him, and throw his body into a pit,

and tell our father that some wild beast has eaten 

him; and then we will see what becomes of his 

dreams."When Reuben, Joseph's oldest brother, 

heard this he felt more kindly toward Joseph.He said, 

"Let's not kill him, just throw him in a well out here 

in the field. "He said this because he was secretly 

planning to come back and rescue Joseph when the

 other brothers had left.

So when Joseph came to them, they took off his 

beautiful robe and they threw him in an empty 

well. The brothers must have had a perverse 

pleasure as they ripped the robe off of Joseph,

 and it must have been particularly painful for 

Joseph to have it torn off him. 

The heartless character of these brothers is clear -

they could eat a meal with Joseph nearby in the pit.

They could sit down and enjoy food while their 

hearts were bent on murdering their brother. A little 

while later a group of traders came by that were 

wanting to sell some things in Egypt.

One of the brothers spoke up,"Why don't we sell 

him to these people, this way we never have to 

see him again, and we don't have to kill him."  

The other brothers liked this idea, so they sold 

Joseph to the traders who were going to Egypt. 

 They put Joseph's dreams to the ultimate test.

If the dreams really were from God, they would 

not be defeated by the hatred of the brothers.

Unfortunately Reuben had been working and 

hadn't seen what happened. When he returned 

to the well he noticed that Joseph was gone. He

 had been sold to an important man named 

Potiphar, an assistant to the Pharaoh of Egypt.

 As the eldest, Reuben could have simply said 

to his brothers, This is wrong! We can't do this!

Reuben wanted to do right by Joseph, but did 

not want to alienate his brothers. His desire to 

be nice to everyone failed to prevent a great evil. 

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 The rest of the brothers took Joseph's beautiful robe

and dipped it in animal blood and took it back to their 

father. When the father saw this he cried, "Some animal

 has killed my son." And he cried for many days, so much 

that nobody could comfort him. All the brothers kept silent 

about the truth. 

 

Sometimes the people in life who are closest to us

can misunderstand our intentions and try to cause 

us to go under. If only Joseph's brothers would 

have been more discerning as opposed to jealous,

they would have known that they had the same 

gift as Joseph.

Jealousy can be blinding.

 

Afterwards, Joseph was escorted to Potiphar's

place. Joseph started out as a slave, but God was 

with Joseph and He helped him do everything right.

So Potiphar made him his helper, and put him in 

charge of everything that he owned. Joseph, later, 

found himself entangled in a mansion trap with 

Potiphar's wife. Potiphar's wife was the "Cougar"

of her day. She tried to seduce Joseph, but Joseph 

rejected the overtures of Mrs. Potiphar. In turning 

to run from her room, Potiphar's wife pulled and

 ripped the outer garment away from Joseph's

 shoulders. 

 Potiphar's wife lied about Joseph to her

 husband, so Potiphar had Joseph put into jail.

  Occasionally, as we climb up the next rung 

of the ladder we may encounter weak steps

that will try to cause us to fail and fall.

 

This was clearly an attempt 

for Joseph to do both. 

We are not hopeless... unless we abandon hope.

 After Joseph had been in jail for some time

a cup-bearer and baker to Pharaoh had been 

sent there. One night each of them had a 

dream. They told their dreams to Joseph

and he told the cup bearer that he would soon 

be let out of jail. "Please tell Pharaoh about 

me,and ask him to get me out of here?" 

When the cup bearer was freed he forgot about 

what Joseph did.

So Joseph stayed in jail for two more years. God 

was still with Joseph in jail. One day the Pharaoh

 had a dream, and nobody could explain it to him. 

The cup bearer then remembered what Joseph

 had done for him, and Joseph was brought to 

Pharaoh.

"Can you understand dreams?"  Pharaoh asked.

"I can't, but God helps me." Joseph replied.

After Pharaoh told him his dream Joseph 

explained, "God is warning you. There will 

be seven years when nothing will grow and

 there won't be any food for anyone." "What 

can I do?" Pharaoh asked. "God has shown 

you what to do. There will be seven years 

before the bad years that will be very good. 

So good that there will be extra food for 

everyone. So you should save a little bit 

of each years harvest, that way you will 

have enough to get you through the bad

 years,"Joseph said.

Pharaoh believed all that Joseph told him,

and made him governor of all the land of 

Egypt. 

The warden put Joseph in charge of all the prisoners.

 Joseph never worried because God was with him

and helped him do everything right.

Joseph organized the land 
and set up a system for collecting grain.
The seven years of plenty soon passed by,
 and then came the years of need.
In all the lands around people were hungry,
and there was no food for them to eat;
 but in the land of Egypt everybody had enough.
Most of the people soon used up 
the grain that they had saved:
many had saved none at all, 
and they all cried to the king to help them.
"Go to Joseph," said King Pharaoh, "
and do whatever he tells you to do."
Then the people came to Joseph,
and Joseph opened the storehouses,
and sold to the people all the grain that they 
wished to buy. And not only the people of Egypt
 came to buy grain, but people of all the lands
 around as well, for there was great need and 
famine everywhere.
And the need was as great in the land of Canaan,
where Jacob lived, as in other lands. Jacob was rich in 
flocks and cattle, and gold and silver; but his fields gave 
no grainand there was danger that his family and his 
people would starve. And Jacob, who was now called
 Israel also, heard that there was food in Egypt, and he 
said to his sons: "Why do you look at each other, 
asking what to do to find food?
I have been told that there is grain in Egypt. Go down to 
that land, and take money with you,and buy grain, so 
that we may have bread, and may live."
People came from all countries to buy grain from Joseph,
because the whole world was in need of food.
  Some of those people were Joseph's 
brothers. They did not know him, as a grown 
man, dressed as a prince, and seated on a throne. 
It had been almost twenty-three years since they
 had sold him, but Joseph knew them all, as soon 
as he saw them. He resolved to be sharp and stern 
with them, not because he hated them, but because
 he wished to see what their spirit was, and whether
 they were as selfish, and cruel, and wicked as they
 had been in other days.

They came before him, and bowed, with their faces

 to the ground. Then, no doubt, Joseph thought of 

the dream that had come to him while he was a boy,

 of his brothers' sheaves bending down around his 

sheaf. He spoke to them as a stranger, as if he did

 not understand their language. 

After a few meetings with his brothers he could

 not keep it in any longer and Joseph said to 

his brothers, 

"I am Joseph!  

Is my father alive?" 

But his brothers couldn't answer him because

 they were afraid. Then Joseph said, "Come here. 

I am your brother, the one you sold! Do not worry,

 and do not be angry at yourselves

 for selling me, because God has put me here to 

save people from starving."So his father, his 

brothers, and their families came to live in Egypt 

with Joseph, and they had all the food they needed.

 There was an obvious change in Joseph's life.

Joseph went in as a slave, but his unique, God-given

 ability to interpret dreams brought him out as a governor. 

He went from rags to riches in literally one day! 

Joseph's God-given ability to interpret dreams allowed

 him to Enlighten Pharaoh and Joseph's situation was 

Enlivened by God. 

Paraphrased by Carole C. Good -  Based on Genesis 37 

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Beware of salivating over someone else's situation.
 

Envy shoots at others and wounds itself.

 

 Rather than envying another's good fortune; why not

emulate the hard work, guts and perseverance that 

helped them earn it.
 
    

 We tend to forget that happiness does not come

 as a result of getting something we do not have, but 

rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.

What does God want? 

God wants to see Himself in us! 

With every decision we make, we take a step toward

 the likeness of our Creator or a step away from Him.  

Those who have nothing,

 but God ...

possess everything that matters.

May we always remember

 and never forget:

True happiness is not attained by things, 

but by a personal relationship with God.

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