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Confidence FOR God, not comparison.

Comparison is a tactic of the evil one- it does not come from the Lord, but from our own sinful nature and the deception of the devil.

Where does comparison usually lead us? Typically it leads to one of two places- depression/guilt/ inadequacy or pride/arrogance. Neither of these are places that God wants to lead us.

He wants us to be confident in who we are and how he made us, but not to be proud or boastful thinking ourselves better than others. (see Romans 12:2 and 1 John 3:1)

He wants us to be humble and genuine, but not guilty or self-deprecating. (see Romans 12:16)

As women, there are so many outlets that are urging- maybe even demanding- that we compare ourselves with someone or something else. Maybe it’s an advertisement or a personal encounter, maybe it’s a friend’s post or a fitness program with pictures of revealing before and after pictures. Whatever it is that triggers a comparison response- we have all felt the consequences. We look at another woman’s body, success or belongings and feel like we don’t measure up.

As Christian women, first- God does not want us to compare ourselves, our bodies, our hearts, our minds with others. He wants us to be confident in who we are under his design, his grace and his love.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14

God does want us to care for our bodies, but he also commands us to do it in a way that brings him glory, to do it ALL for HIS glory.

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God-" 1 Corinthians 10:31-32

Second, as Christian women, we are to be mindful NOT to trigger our sisters in Christ to compare...but we are to build up, encourage and point one another towards Jesus. Let’s be conscious of how we present ourselves to the world- to our loved sisters. Let’s be modest with our appearance. Let’s be authentic in a “Jesus is still working on me” way.

I don't know a single person who doesn't or hasn't struggled in one or all of these areas. I know that I don’t want to compare myself to others AND I don’t want to be proud or boastful and make other people insecure in who THEY are. I want to say and do things that point you (and me) and those I encounter towards complete confidence, 100% security in Jesus.

Who he is. Who he says you are.

Search me. God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24

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