Earthly Wisdom:Jealousy and Selfish Ambition - David Mitts
To continue the Breakthrough Empowerment Spiritual Training, we want to tackle head on the attitudes of the heart that keep us from truly listening and acting on the Word of God and entering into our inheritance.
Listen to Earthly Wisdom: Jealousy and Selfish Ambition
What is ambition? The dictionary defines it this way:
What makes ambition “selfish” ambition? The key I believe has to do who is sourcing the vision of our lives.
God is pro-ambition, but not selfish ambition. I think the second piece of jealousy is the key. What is the root of jealousy?
Jealousy is rooted in comparison. I compare some attribute or accomplishment of another person against my own attributes or accomplishments. Jealousy says to me: “I don’t have _________ and you have it and I want it”
The kingdom of God is a Kingdom of abundance. The kingdom of darkness is a kingdom of lack. Lack mentality is its foundation stone.
Lack is the world view of thieves who come to take from others. It is the position that there are winners and losers and I have to be the winner so you have to be the loser. It breaks down love and lives in lust.
This place of lack causes in us feelings of pride and ego. We isolate and become loners because fundamentally we are threatened by other people. We lose accountability in our lives and become very crystalized in our self-defined habit patterns.
James warns us not to be “arrogant” or “boastful” and so lie against the truth. Wow! What a powerful statement. He is basically telling us that the words that we speak when we are in the place of bitterness and jealousy and therefore in selfish ambition cause us to lie against the truth of God’s Word and His promises.
For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you and your love for all the saints, do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, (Ephesians 1:15-18 NASB)
If I am insecure and operate in lack then the only place I can go for strength is my own cunning derived from my past experiences and what secret knowledge, occult power I have grabbed for myself. I don’t trust in the Goodness of God. I don’t really know Him and how great His plans are for my life and so I operate with the reference point of what I have learned. This knowledge is my own “wisdom”. This place causes my speaking to be grounded in competition and winners and losers and in that place there is no humility, no Godly wisdom.
Lies become the source of our wisdom. Lies are the conclusions that Satan has thrust into our belief systems when we were in experiences that caused us pain. This is carnal, sense based wisdom. It is manipulative and controlling. It is the power behind the form of “godliness” with no true power of the Holy Spirit. I say a form of godliness, because it is idolatry. We derive how we see the world from it. We judge ourselves and others through the lens of pain. Now I cannot build a team in my life because I can’t truly trust others.
I lose my resourcefulness and I don’t really trust others to be used of God. I can’t dream big because I am limited by the jealousy. When others succeed big in my life, instead of drawing faith and encouragement from their success as a training ground for my success, I resent them for it and formulate a doctrine of what’s wrong with their success. (Example of Joel Osteen). I need to repent for my selfish ambition, my resentment and jealousy! It is polluting my heart, where the most precious treasure lives, my childlike expectation my faith.
Godly wisdom is:
It brings forth a purity of heart. It is the wisdom that is based in truth, the truth of God’s perfect love. It is grounded in abundance. It recognizes the truth that we are all part of a greater vision which needs all of us to succeed! In that place there are certain characteristics:
Now I can celebrate life and the giver of life! This wisdom recognizes that I am fearfully and wonderfully made!
For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother's womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand. When I awake, I am still with You. (Psalms 139:13-18 NASB)
We come into life with an assignment, a problem to solve, an invention to create a life to heal. We have a destiny and there is a wisdom in that destiny. Today we want to clear away the blocks, the words spoken that have revealed a heart that is jealous and selfishly ambitious. This is not an identity issue but a destiny issue. This is NOT about your past but how your past will limit your future.
So again we are going to pair up and first confess what the Lord has shown us about jealousy and selfish ambition. When did we rely on our cunning? When did we operate in lack trusting in ourselves and NOT in the goodness of God’s plan for us? When did we lose patience? When did we give up hope? When did we settle for the crumbs of this life? When did we judge the success of others?