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Day Seven
1 Corinthians 13:4. “Love does not envy”.Charles Spurgeon said “the cure for envy lies in living under a constant sense of the divine presence, worshipping God and communing with Him all day long, however long the day may seem. True religion lifts the soul into a higher region, where the judgment becomes more clear and desires are more elevated. The more of heaven there is in our lives, the less of the earth we will covet. The most important rules in carpentry are summed up as…”Build it plumb, level, and square. The best materials, finest tools, and greatest design will not correct a structure that has been put together contrary to these principles.” Something is considered “plumb” if it lines up to a “true” vertical plane. Something is considered “level” if it lines up to a “true” horizontal plane. Something is “square” if it lines up at the point where a “true” horizontal plane and a “true” vertical plane meet. Once this place is found and marked, everything else that’s built is measured up against this mark. Everything that’s built upon these “true” planes will be “sound”. In other words able to stand and withstand the pressures placed upon it. God knew we’d need a sabbath. Not just for rest, but for a “Reset”. There is a RESET that happens when we worship and meditate on God’s word. It’s there we find the Lord arming us with what’s level, or plumb or square. It’s there we see where we’ve “missed the mark” and are provided the opportunity to reset the mark back into our
lives. We find « true » and « truth » there. We put more of heaven into our lives. Throughout the week we are pulled to make big things seem little, and little things seem big. And that’s when envy creeps in. Envy is a resentful desire. It’s misplaced passion. Envy misses the mark. It’s not loved because love thinks of others and celebrates the joys and successes of others. Envy steals joy and successes because it’s the focus is on “me”.
“When we are envious of what others have when we desire something that doesn’t belong to us, it’s because our hearts have turned from our one true love” (Christina Fox, contributor Desiring God.org). If you find envy creeping into your life, it’s because you need more of heaven in your life and less of the earth! Lord, without you I will desire more and more of this world. I will want approval and recognition from this world. I need a daily reset right now. Today I will lift up my eyes to YOU. I ask you to give me a hunger for things eternal. I praise you for the many ways you have Blessed me and will remember those throughout this day! I ask for a “constant sense of your presence”!