Encouragement, Exortation, Faith

Faith Killer and Unbelief Filler: Comparing Oneself to Others

But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. – 2 Corinthians 10:12

God’s Word is full of life, health, help, AND WARNINGS intended to protect us and our faith. And He used the lead verse, 2 Corinthians 10:12, to teach me to NEVER compare myself to others when I am standing on one of His yes and amen promises to have victory in and over a situation.

Why? One of the main reasons is because…

“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it,” (Matthew 7:13-14).

Matthew 7:13-14 makes it clear: MOST people don’t bother to seek and find that path that leads to life nor choose to live by His Word and let it alone be a lamp unto their feet.

For example, I was praying with a distraught woman in a difficult situation, and she kept speaking death, doom, and destruction regarding the matter.

I asked the Lord for the strength and grace and the right words to help her see that her words were not words of faith nor were they scriptural. This precious woman and child of God answered, “Well, that’s how I hear most Christians speak about things too,” meaning negative, defeated, and as if God didn’t fill His Word with promises that applied to her, as if His arm was too short to save.

Once again, I silently asked the Lord to help me help her. I was extremely sad for her and those like her who have been born again for a long time especially and who refuse to consider their Good Heavenly Father’s Word and help for themselves.

He reminded me of the time several years ago when I was praying for something that was only possible with God, and He clearly told me by His Spirit: Never compare yourself or situation and its expected outcome to other believers’ or the negative outcomes of their situations (e.g. they weren’t healed from a sickness) because narrow is the path that leads to life and only a FEW find it, and MANY are walking the broad path that leads to destruction (Matthew 7:13-14). We are ONLY to line up our expectations by faith to His Word, will, and promises, and BOLDLY expect to have what we ask for in prayer.

I then told her what the Lord had brought back to my remembrance, so then if we…

  • are comparing ourselves to others, most especially other believers
  • have our eyes on others and their words, negative expected outcomes, or negative outcomes.
  • are focused on what we see happening in their lives
  • take into consideration what others are saying about what THEY expect to happen MORE than what the POWERFUL Word of God says.

…then we are putting our faith in what is seen and in the words of someone who most likely is walking on the broad path that leads to destruction instead of living by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God. His own people PERISH for lack of knowledge.

The Lord also reminded me to tell her that in these times “many will deceive and be deceived,” (2 Timothy 3:13).

Therefore, it is a great warning from the Lord since MANY refuse to live by His Word and and are faithless that we must never compare ourselves others, but as His covenant child, we can boldly petition Him according to His will and use our blood-bought authority to command our circumstances to line up with His Word and promises, so the powers of darkness and works of the devil attacking our lives are defeated in our situations by faith because of His grace. Persevere all the way to victory!

We must look to God alone, that when we pray, we are asking according to His will…

“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we KNOW that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him,” (1 John 5:14-15).

You don’t have to be a victim of the faith killer and unbelief filler: comparing yourself to others.

This is a trick and trap of the enemy to rob His children of their blessings and covenant rights by getting them to reject God’s Word and will for themselves through unbelief and to get them to give up and declare that His very will from His Word “must not be God’s will.”

The enemy seeks whom he may devour, and our Father doesn’t want it to be you!

Be ready at all times with His Word, submit yourself to God (who is the Word), resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

P.S. What was amazing is that soon after He instructed me several years ago to never compare myself to others, He led me to 2 Corinthians 10:12 which I had no idea beforehand there was a verse telling us it is unwise to compare ourselves to others. God is so good!

P.P.S. Yes, we can watch testimonies where the child of God had victory over the works of the devil in their lives.

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We Must Possess the Word for Ourselves by Renewing our Minds and by Faith (it’s NOT automatic)

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“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you,” (John 15:7).

Have you ever read John 15:7 and said to the Lord, “Why does it then seem the prayers of many go unanswered when every born again one has met these conditions?”

If you abide in Me.” CHECK.

Through salvation in Jesus Christ, we instantly become a part of His body.

“and my words abide in you…” CHECK

The Word, Jesus, comes to live inside us when we are saved.

So, Father God, what gives? Why do many not receive what they desire?

I heard this yesterday from Pastor Thompson and believe it is Spirit-led and filled with Spirit revelation:

“From the time Jesus was resurrected from the dead and the Holy Spirit came until His return we, are in the dispensation of grace, and all things have been given unto us.

His Word, His name, the Spirit have been given. So, we have already obtained all things doctrinally and the impartation of it into our spirit.

In Romans 12:1-2, the Word tells us to renew our minds, that the renewing of the mind, that you’ve been saved, but that’s only one part of you. That salvation has occurred in your spirit because you’ve accepted the Holy Spirit into your life. And on the inside, He has transformed you to the image of God’s dear Son.

You’re a new creation in Christ Jesus. But because you’ve become a new creation in Christ Jesus, doesn’t mean that it’s all done. He said, “Now, present your body as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God, and renew your mind because you are spirit, soul (mind, will, emotions), and body. And the renewing of the mind by the Word of God is when we begin to transform our outer man according to what has already happened to the inner man.

So with the inner man, once you are born again, you have it all. The Holy Spirit lives inside of you. The third person of the trinity. That means your spirit man on the inside holds the capacity of God.

Sometimes, we are so limited in our own thinking and what we esteem to be what we can accomplish or do because we look at it purely from a natural vantage point. And what we have attained by natural knowledge.

You have the Holy Spirit inside. That means your human spirit, the spiritual aspect of who you are, contains not only the nature of the new creation in Christ Jesus but the indwelling presence of the Spirit who is all things, knows all things, does all things. This is resident of the inside of us.

And when we renew our minds and present our bodies unto the Lord Jesus Christ for the rest of our lives, we are learning by the renewing of our mind what has already occurred on the inside of us, and we are drawing from those wells of salvation, knowledge, etc.

We are supernatural beings. We are not human beings have a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” – Pastor Mike Thompson, 3/14/2021

Also felt led to add some verses to expand upon his teaching as a reminder that promises are often conditional based on whether we believe God, whether we take Him for His Word, walking by faith and not by sight as every faith hall of famer did in His Word. That unbelief can be a “receiver killer.”

We must each possess the Word of God for ourselves in order to have it and for it to come to pass. It’s all not automatic.

Romans 12:1-2, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

Present. Do not be conformed. Be transformed. Prove. These words convey that we must exercise our free will for this these verses to come to pass for us.

Mark 11:24, “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”

Without doing Romans 12:1-2 which you’ve just read, how can we have the faith to believe and take Him for His Word in order to receive?

John 16:24, “Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.”

I believe there’s a faith aspect to this verse. He IS the Word, and we must take Him for it, fully persuaded that He is able to perform it. Which leads me to the next verses.

Romans 4:20-22, “He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.”

We must be convinced, by the renewing of our minds through His Word, that our God who cannot lie, who is Almighty, is able to perform His promises for us.

Matthew 13:58, “Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.”

Unbelief is a “receiver killer.”

But with our minds TRULY renewed by the Word of God, unbelief dies instead, making way for us to ask and receive that our joy may be full.

And yes, we are also in a spiritual battle, and there’s most often resistance from the powers of darkness, but this is what faith is all about – we continue to take Him for His Word and YES and AMEN promises no matter what it looks like.

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A “Love of God” Pondering: What if God Made the Vast Number of Stars Just to Encourage One Man’s Faith?

It’s after midnight, and I took my dog out one last time, late as I often do. I can see a decent amount of stars in my city.

As my fur friend was doing her business, I stared straight up into the sky, my neck back as far as it could go.

In awe of God, I scanned the night sky, spinning slowly to take it all in in childlike wonder, watching my breath float up against the cold for Florida air. It’s 37 right now. Brrrr.

I said, “Thank You, Lord, for letting me live in a place where I could steal moments in my busy life to appreciate the stars.”

Then this questioning thought entered my mind, “Lord, You love us so much. Could it be You made all these stars with Abraham in mind because You foreknew the exact encouragement he’d need for the miracle You needed him to believe You for?”

I don’t believe He answered me with certainty on this matter, but I do wonder if He planted the question in my heart as I stood in wonder and thanksgiving for His gift of stars.

“And behold, the word of the Lord came to him (Abram who becomes Abraham), “This one shall not be your heir.” Then He brought Him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be,” (Gen 15:4-5).

God is practical, of course, and has used the stars to communicate by announcing His One and only Son, Jesus Christ, and filled man with the wisdom needed to use them to navigate the seas and their travels.

But the more I grow in the Lord, the more secure I grow in His great love for me as His child. All the ways He’s cared for me in my life. His loving presence toward me that fills my heart that’s been undeniable.

I strongly suspect that though He had much in mind when He created the stars that it could very well be He made them COUNTLESS just for Abraham whom because he believed God, it was “accounted to him for righteousness,” (Gal 3:6).

This is the love I’ve come to know as His child. A Father who gave His one and only Son knows how to give good gifts to those who ask Him (Matt 7:11).

And what my eyes also see when He brought Abraham outside to look at the stars is this:

Our good Father is always giving us ways to set us up for successful faith that receives. He’s so good He even provides all the encouragement we need. Let us have eyes that see it.

Today, we have His entire inspired Word and Holy Spirit for the faith needed to receive His YES and AMEN promises. Thank You, ABBA Father.