Glory Killers: Comparison

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  1. Life is Short – We Must Run Our Race Starting Today! James 4:14 // Hebrews 12:1-2
    1. We Must RUN our Race and Look to Jesus. 
      1. Stop looking Everywhere Else
        1. Comparison Kills Contentment (Eve in the Garden, David on the Roof)
          1. Discontentment Kills Joy – 1 Timothy 6:6
          2. No Joy = No Strength – Nehemiah 8:10
        2. Comparison Breeds Covetousness – Exodus 20:17
          1. This is One Way Compromise Happens
        3. Comparison Kills Faith – Numbers 13:30-33
          1. Ever Feel Discouraged instead of Inspired? That’s a sign of Comparison.
          2. We don’t Believe by What We See, But By Faith! – 2 Corinthians 5:7
            1. Where Are You Finding Your Inspiration? Youtube? – 
      2. Look to Jesus!
        1. God Has God Works Prepared for You! – Ephesians 2:10
        2. Fulfillment is to DO the Work God Sent YOU For. – John 4:34
        3. The Foundation for All Callings is the Great Commission. Harvest. – John 4:35
        4. When We Spend Time with God & Let God Change Us, we Find our Place
          1. Psalms 37:4 – Delight Means to be Pliable!
          2. 2 Corinthians 3:17-18 – We Behold Him and Become Like Him!
        5. We Spend Time with God and the Father Shows Us (John 5:19)
      3. We are Called to Shine as Individuals and in the Lampstand! – Matthew 5:14-16
        1. The Lampstand is the Church (Revelation 1:20)
          1. Individual Lights Together to Light the Dark World 
          2. We Personally Burn and Shine
          3. We Come together and that Fire is Hotter and Brighter!
      4. It’s Time to Shine – Isaiah 60:1-3
        1. Response: 
          1. Forgive us for Comparison
          2. Forgive Us from Covetousness
          3. Forgive Us for Not Believing
          4. Forgive Us for Looking at Them and Not You, Jesus!
          5. Wash Our Eyes Jesus. Wash Our Ears Jesus. We Our Minds

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James 4:14 (NASB)

14 Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.

Hebrews 12:1-2 (NASB) – Run! Look at Jesus!

1 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

1 Timothy 6:6 (NASB 2020) – Godliness with Contentment

6 But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment.

Nehemiah 8:10 (NASB) – The Joy of the Lord is Your Strength

10 Then he said to them, “Go, eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.

Exodus 20:17 (NASB) – You Shall Not Covet

17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

Numbers 13:30-33 (NASB) – If you look at them, you will feel small!

30 Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “We should by all means go up and take possession of it, for we will surely overcome it.” 31 But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are too strong for us.” 32 So they gave out to the sons of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone, in spying it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants; and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great size. 33 There also we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak are part of the Nephilim); and we became like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.

Ephesians 2:10 (NASB)

10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

John 4:34 (NASB)

34 Jesus *said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work.

Psalms 37:4 (NASB)

4 Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.

2 Corinthians 3:17-18 (NASB) 

17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.

John 5:19 (NASB) – The Son Does only What He See Father Do

19 Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.

Matthew 5:14-16 (NASB) – Let Your Light Shine

14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15 nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

Revelation 1:20 (NASB) – The Lampstands are Holy Spirit Churches

20 As for the mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.

Isaiah 60:1-3 (NASB) – Arise and Shine!

1 “Arise, shine; for your light has come, And the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. 2 “For behold, darkness will cover the earth And deep darkness the peoples; But the LORD will rise upon you And His glory will appear upon you. 3 “Nations will come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising.

2 Corinthians 5:7 (NASB) – We walk by Faith!

7 for we walk by faith, not by sight—