Apostle Utibe-Abasi Emmanuel, General Overseer of The Rock of Salvation Church Ministries, Iju, Lagos, in this exhortation, draws a distinction between divine jealousy and the jealousy of man. Quoting copiously from the Holy Bible, he refreshes with this insightful topic, to kick off his series for 2013. Excerpts:
I wish you all a happy new year in Jesus name Amen. In this year 2013, I’ve proclaimed to my children and to all those that believe in the words of this prophesy, that this year is a year of success. Success in your careers, your marriages, destinies, every barren womb, businesses, education, success in anything you set your mind on and in any kind of disappointment you may be facing this year you will grow above them and have good success. Joshua 1:8 states, “this book of the Law shall not depart out of thy mouth, but thou shall meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein, for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and thou shalt have good success.” It’s only by having the word of God in you that you can live above problems, enemies, and most of all, live above sin which is the greatest weapon of destruction. When we talk about sin, we can mention so many, but if you sit to think of it you will find out there is this one simple and common sin that coerces the other sins. Exodus 20:2-17 tells us about the Ten Commandments;
•Thou shalt have no other Gods before me.
•Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. •Thou shalt not take thy name of the Lord thy God in vain.
•Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it Holy.
•Honour thy father and thy mother.
•Thou shalt not kill.
•Thou shalt not commit adultery.
•Thou shalt not steal.
•Thou shalt bear false witness against thy neighbor. •Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house.
Sometimes, you may try to stay away from sin but something provokes and triggers you into committing it, that common and simple dangerously sin is JEALOUSY. Songs of Solomon 8:6b says, “Jealousy is cruel as the grave.” When you are overwhelmed with the spirit of jealousy you become blind to reasoning and act otherwise, there you forget about God and his commandment you sin against humanity.
Jealousy is the root that germinates all other sins. Man’s jealousy is evil. When the brothers of Joseph knew his destiny through his dreams they were jealous of him and planned to kill him, they were also jealous of his father’s love for him. Genesis 37:4 states, “And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.”
If God was not with Joseph his brothers would have slew him to stop his destiny, what about Cain and Abel, out jealousy Cain slew his brother Abel, out of jealousy many evil can happen if you are not careful, hatred between brothers, even killing each other for position, strife in families because a member of the family is richer than you, you become jealous and plan to destroy him or her, strife amongst friends, strife in churches, you jealous your minister’s wife and children claiming, ‘it’s your money that is sustaining them.’
So because of you, your minister should be single. I have seen churches closing down because of this, may God have mercy. Students plotting mischief against a fellow student, house wives prostituting their bodies for money to be ahead of others, a young lady destroying the relationship of her fellow lady, forgetting that one day nemesis will get back to her. Gal. 6:7 says, “What a man soweth that shall he reap.”
When you stop someone from getting married, you can never have your own husband. If you are a mother, and you hinder another person’s child from getting married, I pity your daughters, because what you sow, your children (daughters) must reap. Deut. 5:9b says, “Visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me.” When you are wicked, no matter how much your donation is in the church, you are God’s enemy.
Framing up your neighbor to send him or her to jail, children using their parents for money ritual because their friend is rich, they want to be richer. Rev. 13:10b says, “He that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword.” When you kill, you must be killed. All these abominable acts and more you commit all because of jealousy. Prov. 6:34 says, “For jealousy is the rage of a man therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.”
When a man is living in jealousy, he is under a curse because God’s vengeance is constantly on him and his prayers will remain unanswered. Christians should be jealous of the righteous life of their pastors. Elisha was jealous of the anointing that was upon his master Elijah. Elisha did not go about hating, gossiping or envying Elijah, but he prayed and fasted and lived righteously and asked his master and God for a double portion of Elijah’s anointing and it came upon him for his was a divine jealousy.
You should be jealous of the anointing on your Evangelist, Elders, Deaconesses and that of other serious members of the congregation. Seek to be like them, do not hate them, but work hard and God will lift you up, even when man cannot notice you, God does, for this is a divine jealousy. When I was young, I always prayed this one particular prayer, ‘Lord, I want to be like Peter, I want to be like Paul, I want to be like the rest of the Apostles.’ I had this burning desire to be great like the Apostles of Christ.
One day, I got the answer to my prayer because this was a divine jealousy; a voice said to me, ‘they sat where you sit.’ God was trying to tell me they were humans just like me, if they could live righteously so could I and so can you, they were not differently made people, they were like you and I. All it needs is your determination. You can be whatever, whoever you want to be if you put your mind in it. And always know that God is also a jealous God. When a Christian’s feeling and attitude towards God is disposed in an unfaithful or irrational way, God becomes jealous, as in some traditions one has to bow down when greeting an elder, this provokes God to jealousy, because man should worship and bow to God alone and His glory should not be given to man. Isaiah 42:8 states, “I am the Lord, that is my name, my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven image.”
When Christians bow before an herbalist or a fortune-teller, God is provoked to jealousy. Phil. 2:10 states, “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven and things in earth, and things under the earth.” When you bow to an idol or image of any kind, you provoke your God that paid all your debt and brought you out of slavery to Himself. When you bow to an idol, you are going back to slavery making precious blood count for nothing in your life. 1 Cor. 6:20 states, “For ye are bought with a price therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit which are God’s.”
Everything about you, your body, spirit and soul is God’s; glorify Him with them not idol. God’s jealousy is divine because it leads to righteousness. God’s jealousy leads you to glory, to divine greatness, leads you to heaven. 2 Cor. 11:2 says, “For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy, for I have espoused you to one husband that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.” We should emulate divine jealousy that will lead us to glory, not the jealousy that will destroy our fellow human and even destroy us. As a Christian, you must be far from the jealousy that will provoke God, for He will not spare you.
Make a turnaround from your evil ways, forsake it and embrace good. So, that the success God has promised His children this year may also be yours. Amen.