spirit of jealousy
Look out, for the spirit of Jealousy

In order to serve in the body of Christ and bear good fruits, we must overcome the works of the flesh and let the spirit reign in us. Only God can help us do so by giving Him our all without holding back.
Galatians 5:19-22 gives a good contrast of the fruits of the flesh and those of the Holy Spirit.

Jealousy is one of the obstacles that believers should overcome completely in order to serve God. Jealous is the feeling of envy or covetousness of someone’s perceived achievements or possessions. When you are jealous, you begin to think that someone else is more advantaged than you are in a certain area and you are not happy about it. Why are we strongly warned against jealousy?

Genesis 4. The first death on earth occurred out of jealousy. Cain was envious of His brother Abel, whose sacrifice pleased God. Cain probably thought that by killing Abel, God would have no choice but to accept his offering. Unfortunately Cain ended up cursed. Instead of killing his brother, Cain should have sought after his brother to learn why his sacrifice had been accepted while his was rejected.

1KINGS: 21
Jezebel had Naboth killed so that her husband could acquire the beautiful vineyard owned by Naboth. Jezebel was an idol worshipper and had no reverence of the Almighty God. Jezebel also ended up curse and so was Ahab and His children.

Exodus 20:17
The 10th commandment warns against coveting you neigbhor’s property.

Jealousy is a tool that satan uses to distract Christians and he knows that it is very effective. Having been an angel of God, he was jealous of the power of God and wanted everything to himself. His jealousy saw him kicked out of the kingdom of heaven and now roams around bitterly on earth looking for believers to deceive.

When you let jealousy mislead you, you cease to see the wonderful things that God has done for you. Jealousy and malice work in tandem. When you are jealous of someone, you always find a way to bring them down. You may do this by speaking words that could hurt their reputation or sabotaging their effort in everything they do. Jealousy drags you back into sin and prevents you from growing spiritually.

Our gifts should work together for the good of the body of Christ. Caption this; the first four books of the New Testament all give an account of the life of Jesus Christ. While Matthew starts by proofing the lineage of Jesus, John starts by quoting the book of Genesis and sounds more like an eye-witness. All the writers gave an account of the life of Christ as lead by the spirit and in different styles. None of the writers is less than the other.

Equally, can your finger be jealous of the hair, or the hair jealous of the stomach? All the body organs work together, each created for a specific purpose. So are we in Christ. We focus on our purpose in Christ as we grow spiritually. The more we focus on him, he increases us even in material wealth. If we lose focus and begin to pull each other down, we inhibit growth.

Matthew 5:8
Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.

Jealousy corrupts the purity of heart. God blesses those who are pure in heart and uplifts them like he did with David.
Sometimes we miss God’s blessings simply because our hearts are filled with envy. If we take jealousy to the altar, we risk destruction of our own works.

Rejoice with other members of the body of Christ when they achieve great things. Mango trees and orange trees all bear fruits but in different seasons. When your season has come, you will bear fruits in plenty.

How, do we overcome jealousy?

As earlier stated, it’s only God that can help us overcome the spirit of jealousy through the Holy Spirit. It is important to read and meditate upon the word of God every day. This will help us renew our minds and re-align our thoughts with the will of God. The word of God is a seed. When we plant it in our hearts we need to cultivate and take care of it so that it grows and bears good fruits.

It is also important to practice the art of congratulating those who are ahead of you and those who achieve great things. The will of the devil is that he distracts you and blinding you with jealous. He knows too well that it is the nature of men to always want more and to be recognized. God wants us to have a spirit of contentment. Contentment does not mean that you are not focused. Instead it shows that you are happy with what you have as you wait for God to move you to the next level.

The greatest commandment of all is love. We are commanded to love our neigbors as we love ourselves. We cannot claim that we love God if we do not love those that are around us. Equally, we cannot claim to love God or our neighbors if we are jealous of what they have or what they have achieved. We must always see the good in others just as God sees us.

The fruits of the Holy Spirit work together in us to overcome the temptations of the flesh. We therefore must completely surrender to God and let the Holy Spirit take control so that we are able to overcome the temptations of the flesh. We are helpless on our own. Let us therefore, work to make sure that our minds remain conscious to sin, that we may strive to be just as Christ. Temptations will come but it is the will of our father that we are able to overcome.

As our Lord Jesus taught us to pray, “ lead us not to temptation, but deliver us from evil.” We trust God to deliver us from all evil and temptations for the glory if His name.S

The Baptism with the Holy Spirit 

As a young believer myself, I often heard the minister call, people, to receive the baptism with the Holy Spirit, and I often wondered what it meant, couldn’t wrap my mind around it. I also recall seeing people indulge in glossolalia (speaking with other tongues), and how strange and insignificant it sounded to me, didn’t need that, so I thought. 

Years passed by and I was invited by a friend to a youth Kesha, after the praise and worship session, the pastor asked anyone who wanted to receive the Holy Spirit to come forward, a few people made their way to the altar, and so after giving it a thought, I have nothing to lose; I said within me, and so I made my way to the altar. The pastor came laying hands-on people and all would fall under the power of God, for me I didn’t know what to expect. He came near me and touched me; I fell under the power, couldn’t help it, and he encouraged us to speak in the language we felt coming from our being, and the first words I uttered still resound in my mind as clear as day, felt nothing, no electricity no nothing, there is a reason I am saying this and will address this later. As uninformed as I was on the Holy Spirit and who He was, I was disappointed, I was ashamed of the tongues because to my finite mind, it sounded “childish” and all I could attach to the Holy Spirit was tongues and nothing else, so from that day I suppressed this tongue, I remember wishing someone had taught me about the Holy Spirit, why He is important and so on. One fateful Sunday, as our senior pastor asked those who could speak with other tongues to speak during a church service, I remember restraining myself and looking around and holding myself from speaking, and I felt the peace that I had left, I felt empty, I knew I had grieved the Holy Spirit, the emptiness I felt couldn’t be compared to anything and hunger was stirred in me to search the scriptures on the Holy Spirit. God sovereignly led me to a friend’s house who had a book on the Holy Spirit, the baptism with the Holy Spirit, and testimonies on how the Holy Spirit helped them in life and ministry, unfortunately, the book was severed and I only had a chunk of the book, and that’s all I needed to get me started. As I was done reading the book, we had a session at a discipleship class and the teaching was on the Holy Spirit, what a coincidence! I was excited, and as the lesson came to a close, he gave an instruction, that we study the chapters of John 14, 15, and 16, and also the book of Acts chapters 1 and 2, adding that we didn’t need anyone to lay hands on us, that we could ask by faith and receive. 

All this while the Holy Spirit hadn’t left me, I just needed refreshing of the Holy Spirit, and so that Monday armed with scripture and the book on the Holy Spirit began to ask for a refreshing, I did repent for grieving the Holy Spirit by not fully embracing Him as a good and perfect gift from God. I expected something to happen, my heart was open and nothing happened, I went through my day and when the night came, I wondered why Wasn’t refreshed, I decided to retire to my bed, couldn’t sleep, and in my desperation and hunger, God does it now! It was cry and immediately I felt like a liquid was poured on my head and surges of electricity flowed through my body, I broke forth into a new language, this language was more clear, I could hear every syllable, it was an actual language, I was immersed in God’s presence for a whole week, this verse describes what I experienced  Songs of Solomon 3:4 Scarcely had I passed them When I found him whom my soul loves, the Holy Spirit was no longer a thing, I could get to know Him, I became more aware of His presence, such awe of God came upon me, I abhorred sin, I only wanted to please God, such an intense hunger for God’s word and the need to pray came upon me, I passionately began to seek the Lord. This marked the beginning of the pursuit of intimacy with the Lord. 


I have shared my testimony to show the Lord’s faithfulness, and with that said, my testimony is not the yardstick to receive the baptism with the Holy Spirit, it’s to show if God could do it for me, He can do it for you. Let’s do a brief study on this topic. 


What is the Baptism with the Holy Spirit? 


We have had many denominations and many beliefs in the Christian circle on the baptism with the Holy Spirit, some say every Christian with the Holy Spirit during conversion, others believe it happens after conversion, others believe in a clear manifestation of the baptism with the Holy Spirit, while others believe that the manifestations of the baptism with the Holy Spirit as the early church had such as tongues, prophesy and gifts of the spirit ceased with the apostolic age, I believe it’s safe for us to stick with the written word. 


The word baptize comes from the Greek word “baptizō” to dip repeatedly, to immerse, to submerge (of vessels sunk), just as we conduct water baptisms by immersion in water, so does this word suggest we are immersed with or in the Holy Spirit. 

Once we repent of our sins and believe in the Lord Jesus, we are indwelled with the Spirit, receiving the life of God in our spirits which were once dead due to sin, (Eph 4:30, Eph 2:5) no one can become a child of God without the Holy Spirit dwelling in them (Romans 8:9), the Holy Spirit baptizes us into the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:13) we are buried with Christ during water baptism (Col 2:12, Romans 6:4) and we are baptized with the Holy Spirit by Jesus Christ Himself! (Luke 3:16, Matthew 3:11, Mark 1:8). What a joy to see that all these revolve around Jesus Christ our Lord and savior.   


The promise to Abraham 


Genesis 17: And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. 


Genesis 22:18 

And through your offspring, all nations of the earth will be blessed because you have obeyed My voice.” 


Galatians 3:14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.15 Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it is but a man’s covenant, yet if it is confirmed, no man disannulled, or added thereto.16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, and to seeds, as of many; but as of one, and to thy seed, which is Christ. 


God had promised to give the gift of the Holy Spirit to the seed of Abraham, and through Christ, we are qualified to receive this promise. 


Do I need the Baptism with the Holy Spirit? 


Our Lord Jesus while on His earthly ministry mentioned to His disciples on the coming of the Holy Spirit (John 16:7, John 14:26, John 14: 16, John 15:26,), the disciples had already believed in Jesus, they even performed miracles, raised the dead, cast out devils in the name of Jesus (Matthew 10: 8, Luke 10:9), meaning even they received the baptism with the Spirit, but they still needed to receive the baptism with the Holy Spirit. 

Acts 1: But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost has come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth 


Luke 24: 49 “And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven. 


We can see that there is no question that every genuine believer in Jesus Christ is indwelled and sealed with the Holy Spirit just like the disciples, and we see them still needing to be filled with the power from heaven to be effective in their assignment. We can see in the old testament Kings, Priests, Prophets, and judges have the Holy Spirit come upon them temporarily until the task is completed and then He leaves, for us He will be with us forever. ( (Num. 11:17–25, Deut. 34:9Judg. 3:106:341 Sam. 16:1–14) 

The Holy Spirit Comforts (John 14:18), empowers (Acts 1:8), advocates for us (John 14:16, Romans 8:26-28) reminds us Gods Word (John 14:26), reveals to us the things to come (John 16: 13), sanctifies us (1 Peter 1:12) 


Who can receive the Holy Spirit? 


 Acts 2: 38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you is baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the [k] remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is to you and your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” 


Joel 2: “And afterward, 

    I will pour out my Spirit on all people. 

Your sons and daughters will prophesy, 

    your old men will dream dreams, 

    your young men will see visions. 

Even on my servants, both men, and women, 

    I will pour out my Spirit in those days. 


 Isaiah 44:3 For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants. 


 Isaiah 55:1 Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; 

John 7: 37 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” 39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those [g] believing in Him would receive; for the [h] Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. 

Psalm 107:9 For He has satisfied the thirsty soul, And the hungry soul He has filled with what is good. 

Revelation 22:17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes would take the water of life without cost. 

Acts 11: 15 “As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came on them as he had come on us at the beginning. 16 Then I remembered what the Lord had said: ‘John baptized with[a] water, but you will be baptized with[b] the Holy Spirit.’ 17 So if God gave them the same gift he gave us who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was Ito think that I could stand in God’s way?” 

Acts 10: 44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. 45 The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on Gentiles. 46 For they heard them speaking in tongues [b] and praising God. 

We can take a few pointers on who can receive the Holy Spirit. 

  1. Anyone who believes in the Lord Jesus 
  1. Anyone thirsty for the Holy Spirit 

We can also address some misconceptions on receiving the Holy Spirit through these scriptures. 

  1. It’s not for the “Holy” or the “super saints and the super-spiritual”, it’s a gift! We don’t earn receiving the Holy Spirit baptism. 
  1. I have done too many sins; I can’t receive the Holy Spirit. It’s not our righteousness that makes us right with God, but the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ 

Romans 5: 8But God proves His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9Therefore, since we have now been justified by His blood, how much more shall we be saved from wrath through Him! 10For if, when we were enemies of God, we were reconciled to Him through the death of His Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through His life! … 

Isaiah 64: But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness’s are as filthy rags; and we all fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. 

Romans 3: Even the righteousness of God which is by the faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 


Ephesians 2: 8For it is by grace you have been saved through faith, and this not from yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9not by works, so that no one can boast.… 

  1. I will lose control, He can make me do things Don’t want We have seen how some have received the baptism of the Holy Spirit and fell, or screamed, or rolled on the floor in a way that denotes loss of control, I cannot explain these occurrences except allude to the assumption that some either are being set free from bondage, I can’t account for that, but this I can assure you, the word doesn’t show us people fall, or scream or lose control, in the upper room there was order, the disciples didn’t fall or scream, whether these accounts of people “losing control” happens or not, let’s choose to stick with God’s word on this issue. The Holy Spirit is Gentle. I too had an experience, felt a liquid poured over me, I felt electric surges all over my body, that can happen to anyone, experiences can be valid, but the word remains as our standard, not other people’s experiences and encounters. 

What happens when you receive the Holy Spirit? 

Acts 2: And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and spoke with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. 

Acts 8: 14 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:15 Who, when they have come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,19 Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. 

This shows that there was a piece of initial evidence known to all that one had received the baptism with the Holy Spirit. 

We can even before the outpouring in Acts 2, the Holy Spirit came upon some temporarily, and was expressed vocally, 

 Luke 1:  41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42In a loud voice she exclaimed, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb 

Luke 1: 67Then his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied: 

We can see how the Holy Spirit found expression in Zechariah and Elizabeth, a vocalization or a proclamation is showing one has received the Holy Spirit. 

Acts 19: Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues [b] and prophesiedThere were about twelve men in all. 

Now that we have got this far, we see how God gives this gift freely to those who believe. 

Why haven’t I received the Baptism with the Holy Spirit? 

Many are on the verge of giving up or question the authenticity of their faith In Jesus Christ and the Love of God towards them after not receiving the baptism with the Holy Spirit despite asking for a long time and also having people lay hands on them. My word of encouragement to you is that you still a child of God, heaven-bound, you authority in Jesus name, you are not any less than those who have received the Baptism with the Spirit, the only thing is that you have not yet been endued with power to be more effective in the walk with the Lord, Jesus Christ had to be anointed with the Holy Spirit too despite being born of the Spirit (what happens when we repent of our sins and believe on the Lord Jesus)   

Acts 10: 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil because God was with him. 

Here are some of the impediments to receive the Baptism with the Holy Spirit. 

  1. Wrong belief on the baptism of the Holy Spirit because of wrong teaching that is not founded on God’s word. 
  1. Involvement with the occult, Wicca, occult games such as tarot cards, Ouija boards, using horoscopes, etc. If you have done so in the past, repent and renounce involvement with the occult. 
  1. Unforgiveness impeded one from receiving the Holy Spirit. 

By this far, I believe some of you can feel a burning in your heart, the Holy Spirit bearing witness to this writing, now let’s pray and receive the Baptism with the Spirit. 

Let’s point out these few truths before we proceed. 

  1. It’s Jesus who Baptizes with the Spirit. 
  1. It’s for everyone who believes. 
  1. You shall receive power, Jesus is assuring us of this possibility, Jesus is so meticulous that he counted the 120 heads in the upper room and not one missed! 
  1. Don’t let fear paralyze you, begin proclaiming God’s word and promises, fear is brought about by the doubting of the ability and faithfulness of God, He is able, He is powerful, He is willing! 

Jeremiah 32: “I am the LORD, the God of all the peoples of the world. Is anything too hard for me? 

And He promises this, Psalms 34: 7Take delight in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. 

John 14: 13And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14If you ask Me for anything in My name, I will do it.… 

  1. Jesus’ prayers are always answered 

John !4:16And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to be with you forever 

John 11: 20 Then Martha, as soon as she heard Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house. 21 Now Martha said to Jesus, “Lord if You had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.” 

  1. God is a good father, better than the best earthly fathers 

Luke 11: “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.11 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for[f] a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give splendid gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” 

7.He is not a man either, He doesn’t go back on His word, especially not concerning His children, such as you are. 

Numbers 23: 19 “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? 

  1. God’s love is undeniable

Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” 

  1. He knows you by name

Isaiah 49:15“Can a woman forget her nursing child or lack compassion for the son of her womb? Even if she could forget, I will not forget you! 16Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; 

Prayer to receive the Holy Spirit. 

(You can with your own words powered by the understanding the simple lesson we have gone through, it will happen) 

For those who need further help, let’s pray. 


(you can sense God inside you, surrender and worship God, speak that new language that comes on your lips, don’t stop, continue speaking that language or prophesying as the Holy Spirit enables you) 


 What you have just experienced is not from the devil   

Luke 11: Which of you fathers, if your son asks for[f] a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? it’s not from your head 

 1 Corinthians 14: For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful 

1 Corinthians 12: Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit. 

It doesn’t end here with the baptism with the Holy Spirit, we need constant refreshing of the Holy Spirit 

Acts 4: 31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.   

The apostles were refreshed with the Holy Spirit. 

Ephesians 5: Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit 

Pray in the spirit often 

I Corinthians 14:  14For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful. 15What then shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, 

1 Corinthians 14: For anyone who speaks in a tongue[a] does not speak to people but God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit. 

Jude 1: But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 

Continually seeking more intimacy 

Colossians 2: As you, therefore, have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding [d]in it with thanksgiving.Beware lest anyone [e]cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead [f]bodily10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all [g] principality and power. 

2 Corinthians 13:14 

Verse Concepts 

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all. 


with the Lord in His Word and prayer, producing more fruit of the Spirit in this walk (Galatians 5:22)