Category: Devotionals

The Comparison Trap

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When we compare ourselves with other people we are creating an open door for the prince of lies. Comparison tells us that we are either better than others, or fall short of what others view as successful.

This has never been more of an issue than it is today, with all the social media sites out there. We have started to gauge our relationships by how many “likes” and “shares” we have. When people don’t respond in the way we want we start to compare ourselves. I guess that person is taller than me, that person has more friends than me, that person has pretty blond hair, that person is skinny or in shape, wow he prays for 3 hours a day! etc. etc. etc. You can fill in the blank here. By comparing we either build up ourselves to the point of narcissism or, we tear ourselves down to the point of depression. Either way the end result is killing your joy! Exactly what the enemy wants.

God made each of us unique in the way that He wanted, so that we could be used by Him to further the kingdom of God. That little quirk that you have is the one thing that sets you apart from the masses. The one thing that you may dislike about yourself could be the thing that God put there for His use. You may have a tendency to talk too much. Maybe God needs you to spread the gospel. Whatever your thing is try to see the good in it. People may call you weak because you cry a lot. Your tender heart my be what helps console others who are sick or hurting. People may say that you are pushy. Could it be that you are the one God wants to use as a mission coordinator? They say that you think you are “Holier than thou”! God delights in your faithfullness and, 3 hour prayer time.

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So, for you to compare yourself to others, is to deny what God has intended for your life. Don’t be a slave to comparison. You are exactly what the world needed when God made you! This world needs you to be…. Y.O.U.

Here is what  the Bible says about comparison…

Galatians 1:10 ESV

For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.

2 Timothy 2:15 ESV 

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.  

There are a bunch of verses out there that help us see the truth about comparison. I encourage you to search for them. Then write them down and, put them in a place that you will find them when you need encouraged.

Keep the faith~

Broken Clay Jars

In ancient times people stored their treasures in pottery jars which were molded by a skilled Potter and then baked until hard. He would decorate them with glaze or, paint and give them an ornate lid. Still, some were more functional and baked without adornment. These were all used to hold sacred scrolls or valuable documents. Pottery jars whether beautifully decorated or purely functional had one thing in common, they were fragile, temporary vessels.
Just like these jars were made from earthen clay, our bodies were also formed from the earth.
Genesis 2:7 HCSBThen the Lord God formed the man out of the dust from the ground and breathed the breath of life into his nostrils, and the man became a living being. 
Our bodies were created by God for many different purposes. Our bodies are God’s own creation, perfectly designed, and also temporary. Much like these clay jars, our bodies are only temporal vessels to house God’s most precious gift; the Light of the world. We come in different shapes, sizes, and colors but, we are all broken. 
Tiny cracks start to form when we are hurt or shaken. Those fine little cracks begin to go deeper and deeper as we face the pitfalls of living in a fallen world. Then finally, one day those small fissures become gaping cracks. Maybe we have lost a loved one, been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, or deceived by someone we trusted. Whatever the case, we will be broken. This isn’t the end however if we let The Potter who created us fill those cracks with the Light that existed in the beginning; Jesus Christ. When we accept Christ as our savior through his death and resurrection, we are made new. We are born again. Supernaturally made whole for an eternal purpose. Our broken bodies become vessels for God’s own spirit. When we allow Holy Spirit to dwell in us, we will reveal the Light in the darkness. Letting the Light that is Jesus Christ illuminate the world around us through our brokenness
2 Corinthians 4:6-7 HCSBFor God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness, ” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of God’s glory in the face of Jesus Christ. Now we have this treasure in clay jars, so that this extraordinary power may be from God and not from us. The Apostle Paul goes on in 2 Corinthians 4:8 to write about how we are afflicted in many ways but not crushed, we are perplexed but not in despair, we are persecuted but not abandoned, and we are struck but not destroyed. Paul’s words written so long ago are relevant to our lives today. If we have Christ in us, we can overcome anything by His power. 
Are YOU broken, feeling defeated, abandoned, or destroyed? I am here to tell you that now is the time to come to Jesus Christ. In these dark times, we should celebrate because Jesus is always near! You don’t have to go through life shattered into a million pieces. I can testify by my life that the Messiah saved me, redeemed me, chose me, resurrected me, adopted me, and made me new by His blood, shed for all. I may be a broken and mended vessel but, God still chooses to use me for His kingdom. He equips me for Divine purpose and, He has gifts to give YOU as well. 
So, I pray that everyone who reads these words will see the value of their brokenness. Let the Light of the World shine through your cracks so that those around you may have hope. 
In Jesus, keep the faith, 

Fighting Fear with Faith

This life we live in times of trouble can only be faced successfully when we turn to the bible for answers. Many will oppose us for having this belief. A belief that God will go before us, that God is our refuge, and our stronghold. Society today will pose the question, “Where is your god now?” when we face trials that appear to be impossible to overcome. It is in those times that we must focus our hearts and minds on Jesus’ victory. When we as Christians are faced with terrifying situations the bible tells us many times to BE STRONG, BE COURAGEOUS, DO NOT FEAR, DO NOT BE DISCOURAGED. As humans who live in a world full of uncertainty we sometimes find it hard to remember that God has already cleared our way. I have faced many scary events in my life. I came to my belief in Jesus Christ because of a life event that brought me to my knees. Over the years God has shown me that I CAN face these trials without fear and trembling because Jesus never leaves me. I look back and see that evidence through out my history.

The bible tells us:’Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.