Jealousy is an internal emotion that is projected onto another person by a person or individuals who are challenged by a level of deep insecurity. It comes from an internal wounding of the soul. Jealousy does not want to see someone have, accomplish, or be successful at something. Persons who operate with a spirit of jealousy will go to great lengths to try to hinder or sabotage the object of their jealousy. It can manifest in our marriages, families, communities, jobs, churches, and even among co-workers and ministry colleagues. The cousin to jealousy is envy. Envy is wanting what another person has. Both of these are emotional states that the enemy will utilize to operate through us as an unclean spirit that must be cast out.
Jealousy comes out of a lack of trust towards God and oneself. It is not having confidence in oneself enough to celebrate the success and achievements of others. It demonstrates that one does not feel that he or she is enough or has enough to bring to the process of life. Lack of trust will manifest in our relationships with family, marriage, friends, and even in our churches or faith communities.
The spirit of jealousy is a dangerous and unclean spirit in our temple that will stifle our work — even in the house of God. This spirit, like all unclean spirits, seeks to kill, steal and destroy. It will keep us from using fully the gifts that God has given to each of us to use for the common good of all. If the object of our jealousy is at the helm of leading a task, we will do all that we can to undermine that person’s influence, even to the point of trying to murder the person’s character. (I Corinthians 12:7) This spirit must be called out into the open before it continues to wreak havoc in our lives and communities.
When we operate in this spirit, we abort the fullness of what God wants to do through us individually and collectively. The spirit of jealousy will lead us to even not work fully to accomplish a collective goal with a team because we have these uncontrollable feelings against the person or persons that are being used to help accomplish an assignment, or usher in a change for the benefit of all. Jealousy will move us toward becoming competitive instead of working in cooperative communion with others to accomplish a goal. It wants full control within us; that is why it does not mind destroying others to get its way. It must be broken out of our minds and hearts. We have to destroy it within before it destroys without in our marriage, relationships and ministry!
Steps to Break the Spirit of Jealousy
- Admit that it is in your heart.
- Confess and forsake the sin.
- Ask God to help you forgive anyone who opened up this door in you and forgive yourself for operating this way.
- Renounce this spirit out of your heart. Say, “I renounce the spirit of jealousy in the name of Jesus.”
- Ask God to fill that place in you with his love and Holy Spirit, and show you your place in the work of the Kingdom.
- Affirm within yourself that you are more than enough and complete in every way in Jesus.
Prayer of Deliverance:
In the name of Jesus Christ, and on the basis of the authority of His power, His Word, His blood, and the Holy Spirit, I bind the activity of unclean spirits and command the spirit of (Name the spirit ) _________________________________________________________
to come out of my heart and mind in the name of Jesus. You no longer have a place in my life. I am covered by the blood of Jesus. I seal this prayer by faith in the name of Jesus, Amen!
Mark 11: 22-24, Matthew 18: 18-19, Luke 10:19, 1John 5:14-15