Comparison is a killer. It kills your joy, it kills relationships, it kills marriages, it kills your purposes in the world. Why? Comparison is an open admission to God that you’re not happy with who He made you to be, and you wish you were like someone else. There may be something called healthy competition, or challenge to grow stronger, but the negative side of challenge is comparison. Don’t compare yourself to others, it leads only to pride, or to resentment.
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We have lost enough battles to over fear, but we cannot lose the war. You don’t have to live a life of fear any longer. God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, of love, and a sound mind. It’s time to use that sound mind to overcome fear in life. Fear grows when we give it power. You no longer need to be afraid. Stand courageous before the Lord and let His grace empower you.
Once in a while we get wrapped up too much into the emotion of feeling close to God, and forget the promises that God gave us in Scripture about His presence with us. We come together to learn about God’s promises for us through the Bible.
What does God want for your life, and what is getting in the way? If you played out the rest of the story, what are you doing now that hinders God’s work in your life? You can choose to stop. As we continue to be transformed into Christ-likeness, what needs to fall away in your life?
Would he follow through on considering to divorce Mary quietly, or would he make a choice that would birth the mission of God into this world? What sort of ways to you join God in His mission in your world? Would you rather divorce God, quietly, or would you lean into your fears and obey?
What kinds of disciplines form your life? Good habits? Bad habits? The Apostle Paul says he does the things he doesn’t want to do, but the Lord Jesus frees us from this life of sin. What are the disciplines that you are forming for God’s good life in you?