by Lee Higginbotham
Comparison is the most insidious virus on the planet. It leads to jealousy, anger, and an especially bitter root. The Apostle Paul knew this, and that's why he mentioned it so ardently in his letters. He could see it was tearing apart relationships that were mean to be God-honoring relationships for Kingdom purposes. This age-old comparison virus is rampant in the Body of Christ these days, and it's only spreading and becoming more deadly because of the Internet. Teddy Roosevelt astutely observed, "Comparison is the thief of joy." This was wisdom, but it wasn't new wisdom. That prescient observation was long ago inspired by God in His Word. If Christians would look to God's admonishments about comparison, they would surely stop caring and quickly feel the joy of their salvation bubbling to the surface of their hearts.
Meditate on these Scriptures about comparing yourself with other people:
Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.
Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else.
So we are to use our different gifts in accordance with the grace that God has given us. If our gift is to speak God's message, we should do it according to the faith that we have.
Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
2 Corinthians 10:12
Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding.
1 Corinthians 3:3
You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?
by Lee Higginbotham
We begin our series "Stop Caring About..." with the #1 item on most people's list of cares: Money. The bottom line is you'll never have enough money! Give up the fight! Trust God about every single penny that comes in and out of your life for the rest of your life! Why am I being so bold as to say stop caring about money? Because that's what God says we should do! It is pride not to obey the Word. Humble yourself and trust God to be your provider. Below you will find just some of what God's Word says about money. Meditate on these Scriptures and you will soon learn to stop caring about money and be one of the richest people on earth.
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? -Matthew 6:25
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Matthew 6:26
Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? – Matthew 6:27
Now godliness with contentment is great gain. -1 Timothy 6:6
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. – Matthew 6:33
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. – Matthew 6:34
What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? – Mark 8:36
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth,where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. – Matthew 6:19-20
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. -2 Corinthians 9:8
Honor the Lord with your possessions, And with the firstfruits of all your increase; 10 So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine. -Proverbs 3:9-10
The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, And He adds no sorrow with it. -Proverbs 10:22
Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you. -Luke 6:38