"For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong. They are free from the burdens common to man; they are not plagued by human ills." --Psalm 73:3-5
"And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth." Luke 12:15
Covetousness may be considered the demonic mother of all sins. Is this not where Lucifer began his fall? Yet, it goes largely uncontested within the believer and remains to wreak its ruin throughout the life . . . hidden, submerged, invisible, secreted deep within the heart and mind and often disguised in a cloak of professed piety, exhibiting itself in "righteous indignation" . . . "judgmentalism" . . . "religiosity" . . . austerity . . . asceticism. As in . . . imagine the frowning, self-righteous, prim and "proper" old dame who derides the "worldliness" and "weaknesses" of others while she puts on a show "godliness", dressing modestly, attending church, tithing, abstaining from drink and lasciviousness, avoiding any display of indulgence or vulgarity. . . . Yet, in her dark heart, hidden, she secretly yearns for what others have--the pleasures they seem to enjoy, their freedom and apparent lack of care. Her "spirituality" is actually a burden she bares resentfully . . . while her only joy is in silently or overtly condemning all those she judges as wanton sinners . . . and coldly delighting when tragedy hits the once "lucky". . . .
Or, there is the monk type who has "renounced the world" . . . presenting himself as though supernally content with his "chosen" poverty and avoidance of sensuality . . . "above it all" . . . "spiritually" stronger than all the rest--all the weak, indulgent "slaves to sin". . . . However, what is often the case, is that he tried to play the game of life, failed and settled for renunciation, where his ambition can stay cloaked in supposed "spiritual" pursuit . . . but where envy, private lusts, and hatred of the successful continue on but submerged and propelled through subtly sensual masochism via a "self-mortification" (which is really just cowled self-ADULATION). . . .
Bottom line . . . is . . . that many believers who consider themselves free of the worst sinful acts (ie., rape, murder, theft, adultery etc.) are quite well bound by the mother of all such sins--covetousness.
And right on the heels of this, or perhaps preceding it, but nearby nonetheless . . . is faithlessness--the other profound affront to God . . . and these two are intimately linked. For it is faithlessness in the goodness and sovereignty of God (that He is truly working all things for the good of those who love and serve Him) that leads to questioning and doubting and then looking askance at how others are doing . . . then yearning for and coveting what they have . . . jealousy and resentment then taking up residence . . . which then leads to anger and murder (of the heart)--desiring bad things to befall those whereat the coveting is directed. . . .
Thus, there is a demon of covetousness. . . . Those of the dark realm are tasked by the Enemy to stoke envy and jealousy in the heart and will assist in covering it with false piety and self-righteousness (which is but a cleverly finessed form of pride).
The great danger always in dealing with any evil spirits . . . is in engaging them--communicating with them. They want your attention. They want you to engage. They want ongoing dialogue, for thereby they can draw you into their sphere of operations and increasingly distance you from the Spirit of God--from relationship with HIM.
By continuing to engage in secret covetousness . . . you are continuing to engage with the demonic realm. You are in their house, under their rules . . . willingly . . . which allows them to assert more and more control . . . as you persist in acquiescing to the sin of faithlessness . . . listening ever more to the whisperings of "yes, you deserve more . . . yes God is holding you down . . . yes those others don't deserve what they get . . . yes, you are entitled to be angry, resentful, vengeful in heart in mind . . . yes, God has left you . . . so, come to the one who will finally get you what you really want as you so deserve, come to the one who dared to rebel against God so that you can be happy. . . . "
The answer to this dangerous morass, which can lead straight into the pit of Hell, or at least into severe constant demonic torment and oppression . . . is to cease the internal dialogue with Evil Spirit. Turn to the Word of God, which speaks of His faithfulness and love and genuine care over the final condition and destination of your soul. Repent and turn away from the dark side--turn to Jesus and regain your total trust and faith in Him--that He has all things under control and is working everything to His own glory, which you revel in--for which you are made (NOT for the glory of your self or the Adversary ), which may include you suffering while the unGodly appear to thrive.
Settle the matter! Stop playing foolishly ON the fence, where, if falling, one side leads to Heaven under God while the other leads to Hell under Satan! Decide the issue once and for all! WHOM DO YOU SERVE?! WHO DO YOU TRUST? DO YOU TRUST GOD OR NOT? If not, then give up the pretenses and throw in your lot with the one who has rallied some troops and is attempting to overthrow the King. Just go ahead and get on with it--give yourself to Satan and let him provide you what he will. It is true that the present kingdoms of this world, and all its riches and power and beauty are working at his behest. Perhaps he will throw you some scraps for a time--some shine, some money, some sway and respect in the world. Take your piece and go. . . .
OR, if you belong to God . . . and know He is the Way to freedom, to eternal life, to complete ultimate fulfillment of your self and all that is good . . . then finally banish this coveting of what the minions of Satan presently own and control and flaunt. You know their days are numbered. Can you not persist in faith long enough (which is not long at all compared to eternity!) to see through to the end? Do you not recall the great sacrifices of all those saints and believers who have come before . . . to preserve God's precious Word and truth . . . what THEY suffered at the hands of the wicked for His sake, HIS will . . . knowing and trusting that His will WILL be done . . . and that all eyes will be dried and the saints will one day dine with the King victorious in great heavenly halls of joyous celebration, having OVERCOME!?! Have you merely forgotten this, lost your way, OR, is it true you disbelieve and lack saving faith?
"So endure until your testing is over, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing." --James 1:4
SO THAT YOU MAY BE PERFECT AND COMPLETE, LACKING IN NOTHING!
Or can you not wait for that? For perfection, completion, lack of nothing? Instead, you are willing to throw your soul away for a few fleeting moments of comfort and gain in a fallen world oppressed by the devil?
"May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Thess. 5:23
Be faithful and praise God! Amen? Amen!