The Comparison Trap
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The Comparison Trap

Welcome to Rising Above The Storms
Today’s topic is about The Comparison Trap Human beings are always comparing themselves
to each other. This leads to a lot of competition. But what motivates us to do this? Comparison leads to dissatisfaction, which
leads to unhealthy choices and lifestyle. We do what the others are doing and fail to
follow our path; we get distracted. We are exposed to lifestyle related diseases
and mental illnesses. Our lives are stress filled. We are prone to envy; we want to have what
the other people have. Comparison and dissatisfaction with our own
lives is one of the things that leads to crimes. There is a lot of jealousy, hatred, malice,
and many other vices. Yet, God created us unique, each one of us
for a specific purpose. Genesis 1 verse 27 says, So God created man
in His own image; He created him in the image of God; He created them male and female. The Bible says the devil was cast out from
heaven, he was in competition with God; he wanted to be in the place of God. Revelation 12 verse 7 to 12 says, And war
broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and
his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any
longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent
of old, called the devil and satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth,
and his angels were cast out with him. We should embrace our uniqueness; that which
makes us who we are. Our diversity should bring us together and
not divide us. Each one of us has their place in the universe. Ephesians 2 verse 10 says, For we are God’s
masterpiece. He created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we
can do the good things He planned for us long ago. God predestined us for a great purpose, He
created us with love and He is good-willed towards us. Genesis 1 verse 31 says, And God saw everything
that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning,
the sixth day. God did not bring us into the world to suffer,
we bring that to ourselves mostly through our choices; when we make the wrong choices,
we give the devil a foothold. But God is merciful; even when we drift far
away, He is always willing to receive us back and teach us His ways. He tells us covetousness is sin. Exodus 20 verse 17 says, You shall not covet
your neighbor’s house, you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant,
or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s. We are told to be on guard, to watch out,
to guard our hearts. Luke 12 verse 15 says, And He said to them,
‘Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist
in the abundance of his possessions. This is because coveting other people’s lifestyle
is sin, and as all other sin, it leads to a downward spiral. We grow bitter at heart, we become discontent,
we are tempted to steal, we want to be at par with the rest. We forget we are called to love; we are to
love God, and love our neighbor as ourselves. Romans 13 verses 8 to 10 says, Owe no one
anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, ‘You shall not commit
adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet’, and any other
commandment, are summed up in this word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself! Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore
love is the fulfilling of the law. We should remember there is nothing wrong
with material blessings. We strive to do better in life, to reach a
higher level. But the main question is, what is our motivation? How do we get there? What is the condition of our hearts? Material blessings come from God, but we should
not idolize wealth. Matthew 6 verse 19 to 21 says, Do not lay
yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in
and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys
and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart
will be also. We lay treasures in heaven by doing the will
of God, by loving each other, by using what we have to bless others. In everything we do, we should have eternity
in mind. Matthew 16 verse 26 says, What will it profit
a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his
soul? God is a God of love. We are told to seek first the kingdom of God. Matthew 6 verse 33 says, But seek ye first
the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Let us ask God to give us contentment; even
as we strive to do better, we can still be content while going through the process, and
firmly rooted in Christ. Be blessed.

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