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Killjoys: Envy and Greed

Kill Joy

Speaker: Tim Frasier
Date: March 12, 2017

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There are some dark killers out there on the prowl to destroy our lives. Now don't worry, no need to add an extra deadbolt to your door or buy a sawed-off shotgun. These killers are not on the outside but within each of us. What are they trying to kill? Joy! Honestly, they are doing a smashing job on us all! These killers go by the names: Pride, Envy, Anger, Sloth, Greed, Gluttony, and Lust. As a gang, they are known as the 7 Deadly Sins. Discover, during this season of Lent, how to overcome them and protect your joy. Killjoys: The Seven Deadly Sins - March 5th - April 9th.

Title Deadly Sin: Envy and Greed 

Genesis 37:1-5-1 Jacob lived in the land of his father’s sojournings, in the land of Canaan. 

2 These are the generations of Jacob. 
Joseph, being seventeen years old, was pasturing the flock with his brothers. He was a boy with the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father’s wives. And Joseph brought a bad report of them to their father. 3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his sons, because he was the son of his old age. And he made him a robe of many colors. 4 But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peacefully to him. 
5 Now Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers they hated him even more. 

Genesis 37:8-8 His brothers said to him, “Are you indeed to reign over us? Or are you indeed to rule over us?” So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words. 

Genesis 37:11-13-11 And his brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the saying in mind. 12 Now his brothers went to pasture their father’s flock near Shechem. 13 And Israel said to Joseph, “Are not your brothers pasturing the flock at Shechem? Come, I will send you to them.” And he said to him, “Here I am.” 

Genesis 37:19-19 They said to one another, “Here comes this dreamer. 

Genesis 37:23-23So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe, the robe of many colors that he wore. 

Quote- “Envy enters when, seeing someone else’s happiness or success, we feel ourselves called into question. Then, out of the hurt of our wounded self-esteem, we seek to bring the other person down to our level by word or deed. Since they make us feel low and unappreciated by their success, we feel we should bring them down to their deserved level. - Os Guinness 

Genesis 37:25-28-25 Then they sat down to eat. And looking up they saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead, with their camels bearing gum, balm, and myrrh, on their way to carry it down to Egypt. 26 Then Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is it if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? 27 Come, let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him, for he is our brother, our own flesh.” And his brothers listened to him. 28 Then Midianite traders passed by. And they drew Joseph up and lifted him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. They took Joseph to Egypt. 

Gratitude destroys Envy 

Quote-“We are not all called to the same task and we will not all experience the same blessings on earth. And when it is time to receive our reward, each of us will be rewarded not on the basis of the quantity of the blessings we received, but on the quality of our response to these blessings, and our faithfulness to the Lord and our trust of God.” - Os Guinness 

Generosity destroys Greed 

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