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Comparing ourselves to others could be a hindrance of our faith

In this column I want to make everyone aware of a major hindrance that ties the hands of many Christians because it keeps them from believing God for big things and receiving the healing Jesus died for us to have. It is the age-old problem of us comparing ourselves to others, and there are three distinct hindrances I want to point out that this causes.

First we often look around at someone who has a sickness much worse than ours and decide that ours isnít so bad and we can just live with it. Itís like we donít want to bother God with our small problem because he has larger problems to deal with. Excuse me for being blunt, but that is an insult to Jesus. He died for all our sicknesses and all diseases, and he wants all of us to walk in the full manifestation of what he suffered for us to have, no matter how big or how small.

Next it hinders us because we look around at what seems ďnormalĒ for a Christian to believe. If so-and-so isnít believing for healing, wouldnít it seem a bit fanatical, if not arrogant, for me to believe for it? What makes me think I am better than so-and-so? But it isnít about being better than anyone. It is about taking God at his word. So instead of taking God at his word, we settle for not believing for much because that is what seems normal compared to others. That is the wrong way to think.

Please listen and listen carefully: Do not look around at what others are believing and set your beliefs accordingly. This will generally limit you and set your sights far too low. We need to base our beliefs on what the Bible says we can believe for, not what others are believing for. What did Jesus say? Donít believe for much? No, he said, ďIf you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.Ē ó Mark 9:23.

All things. Not some things or just the little things, but all things. We need to meditate on and renew our minds to that verse. Your natural mind will say something is not possible or that you are weird for believing for it, but a mind that is renewed to the word of God will not see it that way. We should not conform to other peopleís way of thinking but allow our beliefs to be transformed into Godís way of thinking. And that is big.

Ephesians 3:20 says, ďNow to him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.Ē That is one of the most mind-blowing scriptures in the Bible along with John 14:12, and Iím telling you, as high as we can image or go in our thinking, God wants to take us much higher. He does not want you to limit what he is able to do through you and in you by thinking too small. Enlarge your thinking and believe God for the impossible because Jesus has made it possible.

The final hindrance that comes from comparing ourselves to others is looking at people who have believed for healing and have not received it. This takes us to a place of unbelief, a place of basing our views on the circumstantial outcome of others rather than on what the Bible says. I have had many people get mad at me and become very defensive when I say that God wants everyone healed because they often bring up a person they know that was believing to be healed and wasnít. So they conclude that healing must not be for everyone because they were a mighty person of faith.

I cannot speak for all those people who didnít receive what they were believing for, but I do know it does not make them any less of a Christian because they didnít receive. There is no condemnation with it. If they died, they are now with Jesus, so they won anyway, and there is no shame in that at all. But we need to make sure we base our beliefs on what the Bible says and not by comparing circumstances around us. Situations and circumstances do not always represent Godís will. His will is for it to be ďon earth as it is in heaven.Ē ó Matthew 6:10.

There is no sickness in heaven, and it is his will for it to be that way on earth. Instead of comparing yourself to others, keep Jesus and his word as your basis of what you believe. That is the real truth that we are to set as our standard and believe, no matter what may be happening around us.

Amber can be reached at amberdeemiller32@gmail.com or through her AmberRiceMiller Facebook page.

Published: February 13, 2017
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