The flip of a switch. One day I compare myself to everyone – the next I don’t.
A complete understanding of who I am in Christ.
Oh that I could make it happen instantaneously.
The switch is more of a long journey in the same direction. Pressing on toward the goal for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14).
I want to rest in knowing He loves me. To believe He is my portion.
The Lord is my portion or share, says my living being (my inner self); therefore will I hope in Him and wait expectantly for Him. (Lamentations 3:23-24 – Amplified)
My journey along this path was very painful. At times excruciatingly so. … the road is pitted with trials that beckon me to return to what I once learned and apply it to my life.
I spent so much of my life comparing myself to other women. God would draw me to Himself and challenge me as to whether I was seeking His approval or mans. Because I wanted a heart sold out to worship One True God, I would have to repent of my sin. My sin of putting false gods before Him. His word tells me He won’t have that. Plain and simple.
He knew me before He formed me. All of my days were written before one of them came to be. If I want to be in intimate relationship with a Holy God – my Creator – I have to recognize that He knew exactly who I was created to be. He has the design. The blueprint.
I began to make the switch. From thinking that was consumed with what others were doing and how they perceived me – to trusting God with who He created me to be. Leaning into Him to learn how to switch my thinking. Switch my responding. Switch my words.
The battles we fight in our minds as women are very real. Very lethal. And quite honestly, absolutely exhausting emotionally. Left to ourselves we are unable to fight these battles. In order to make this switch we must take our thoughts captive. Stop them dead in their tracks and rewire our thinking. Or better yet – allow God to rewire our thinking. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 tell us the weapons we fight with are not the weapons of this world, but have divine power to demolish strongholds and every pretension that sets itself up against Christ. When my thoughts were consumed with comparison to others, it was a stronghold in my life setting itself up against Christ.
I am grateful today to know a peace that passes all understanding because of the switch I made in deciding to take my thoughts captive and begin to think God’s thoughts over myself.
In the moments you feel tempted to compare yourself to another, risk flipping the switch and taking your thoughts captive to begin thinking God’s thoughts over you.
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Homemade JOY from the hands and heart of a dear friend Donna.