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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The work of God: believe in Him

“Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?”

Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”

~ John 6:28-29

Because God has so much to say about our walk with Him being one of faith, I want to learn everything I can from Him about it by His Word and Spirit.

“For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith,” (Romans 1:17).

When I read Romans 1:17, I see an image in my mind’s eye of a child of God who has chosen to live by faith stepping on a stone lined path – each stone representing a Rock solid promise of His Word, making his or her walk strong and sure with every step.

The path itself of course described in verses such as:

  • Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. – Psalm 119:105.
  • 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

So it’s a path paved by the light of His Word, and it’s a narrow path that must be found, leads to life, and is not an easy way to take.

Getting back to the introductory verses, John 6:28-29…

Jesus told the disciples, “The work of God,” is that they, “must believe in Him whom He sent,” in answer to their question, “What must we DO to work the works of God?”

Just prior to this question in John 6 verses 1 to 14, they’d witnessed Jesus using a lad’s five barley loaves and two small fish to supernaturally feed 5000. (I believe the lad exercised faith there as well by releasing it to Jesus).

Meaning, they wanted to know how they too could do the miracles of the Father that Jesus did.

ONLY BELIEVE.

Believe in Him.

As in take God for His Word by faith.

From His Word, we can see that taking Him for His Word means SO much to the heart of the Father

One reason I believe this is so is because the Father has declared to us that Jesus, His Son, IS the Word made flesh (John 1:1; 14), so when we don’t believe His Word/don’t take Him for His Word, we are not believing in Him.

If we are not believing in Him, then we can’t “do” the work of God. It’s a from faith to faith, by faith walk with the Father.

This is completely separate from salvation of course. This is regarding living by faith, walking by faith and not by sight, walking by His promises and not by sight knowing that what He promised, He is able to perform (Romans 4) and allowing His Word to be the solid foundation that it is to carry us through life.

I love how just two verses in the Word, like John 6:28-29, can have such a massive impact on my faith and how He can turn even a couple words – ONLY BELIEVE – it into a powerful message for me (and others) to encourage and help us live by faith more and more.

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is [the GREAT I AM], and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him,” (Hebrews 11:6).

“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God,” (Romans 10:17).

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If ever there was a NOW word in this time of rampant, intentional DISINFORMATION

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“For we walk by faith, not by sight,”

2 Corinthians 5:7

That’s it. That’s the NOW word for, well now: For we walk by faith, not by sight.

During times of war, both the good guys and the bad guys use disinformation to create confusion, lead astray, so they can surprise attack their enemies when they least expect it. Hopefully, to win the battle. Maybe the entire war.

It’s no different now. We are at war, right now, wicked within our borders willing to sell and sell out America to the highest bidders for financial gain and power. And the main weapon is information – twisting it, suppressing it, fake outs, etc. They call them PSYOPS (Psychological Operations).

I have no idea what to believe anymore, no matter who is speaking. And that’s okay.

My peace rests in the Lord. His children are called to enter His rest and cast our cares upon Him for He cares for us.

“There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His,” (Hebrews 4:9-10).

Jesus, the Rock, is our Foundation.

The faith a child of God has is not one that is grasping for nothingness nor an empty hope based on wishful thinking. No, we put our faith and hope in everything – that is Jesus, the Word (John 1:1).

Our faith reaches out and clings to something, or Someone rather, that is more substantial than anything in existence.

Set your face like flint in faith with your feet firmly planted on solid Rock.

We walk by faith, not by sight.

We walk by the Word, not by sight.

We walk by His YES and AMEN promises, not by sight.