Shut Satan's Door - 3:16 (KJV)

keep Satan from pulling the plug on your faith!

16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. James 3:16 (KJV)

When envy and strife have made it this far, the next step in this sequence of events becomes inevitable. James 3:16 continues, "For where envying and strife is, there is confusion..."

The word "confusion" is taken from the word "akatastasia". It was used in New Testament times to describe civil disobedience, disorder, and anarchy in a city, state, or government.

By using this word, James explicitly tells us that when situations of strife and discord are allowed to persist, an atmosphere of anarchy sets in and begins to destroy the relationships once loved and cherished. The word "evil" is from the word phaulos, describing something that is terribly bad or exceedingly vile.

We get the word "foul" from this Greek word. Have you ever had everything going smoothly, when suddenly something odd creeps up inside you? Watch out! It could be envy or strife trying to enter in.

Satan knows that if he can stop your faith from working, he can disrupt everything. One way he may use to stop your faith is to disrupt your love— because faith works through love (Galatians 5: 6, NKJV). Many Christians don’t understand that, so they struggle along, fighting with one another— and then wondering why their faith isn’t working.

According to James 3:16, envy and strife give Satan an open door into your life. So what should you do? Shut the door! If you’ve become aware of someone around you who is more successful than you, don’t become envious. Instead, turn the tables on Satan. Start thanking God for that person’s success! If you’ll do that, you’ll keep the door open for God to bless you.

You’ll keep Satan from pulling the plug on your faith!