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Summary: This is the second message in the Seven Deadly Sins Series. "Envy"

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Tonight I am going to show you a few of the evil works of Envy.

How does Envy work in our lives and what does it lead too?

Envy leads to desire, desire lead to lust, lust leads to lies, lies lead to hate, hate leads to murder and all are SIN.

Intro; Tonight’s message is entitled the Ugly Green Eyed Monster.

Envy, it is described in the dictionary as an “evil eye”

Envy is the type of deadly sin that starts out bad and stays bad.

Envy is a real monster; I can see it as one with green skin, a scowl on its face, and fangs to inject its poison into every person it encounters.

We speak of others as “green” with envy.

If you were to see green tint on a person’s skin you would think that they were sick, well, your not to far off though, in the case of envy they really are “sick at heart.”

Envy is not something that a person knows that they have, but others see it, and sometimes it is “obvious.” That is what makes envy so ugly.

It is a sin that belongs to the eye. Such as,

A partner closes a mega deal and receives a huge bonus and your eyes turn to Envy. A gorgeous woman walks into the room and your eyes turn to Envy.

Envy is summed up this way, “being sad about someone else’s success or blessing, and glad because of someone else’s failure or troubles.

Envy is a consuming desire to, “have every other person as unsuccessful as you feel.”

Envy seeks always to level the playing field, either to level “up” self, or to level “down” others.

Illus. Humor- A merchant was walking along the beach one day and found a bottle, as he opened the bottle out came a genie. The genie said, "your wish is my command," but wait, whatever you wish for will be given double to the one that you envy the most, he said o.k. "I wish to be blind in only one eye!"

I. “Who,” is it that you envy most?

In churches there are many young men and women that are go getters, seeking to do the very best at their ministries or jobs and Envy is the Deadly Sin feared the most because, we tend to be envious of other people in our same field or profession.

Think about it for a moment, Salesman are not envious of Engineers, Mothers don’t envy Computer Programmers.

Pastors are envious of other Pastors, Salesman are envious of other Salesman, etc.

We ridicule and reject successful people, we cast doubt about others accomplishments, we avoid parties and ceremonies that honor those that we envy, we engage in gossip and backbiting that tries to

de-throne those that have become “King of the Hill.”

In Families, envy set itself up with those who are most alike,

In churches, envy breeds itself among those that are teachers, and musicians, and ministers.

What is it that happens when Envy begins to rule in a person?

In the eyes of God the Father, Envy sets up a person to “Murder.” Envy is that bad Pastor? Just wait a minute.

Envy will set a person up to lie to get what he or she thinks that they deserve!

Let me tell you about a story in the Word of God about Envy that lead to desire, desire that lead to lust, lust which lead to lies, lies that lead to hate, hate which lead to murder.


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