Stop the Comparisons!

Genesis 4:1-8

Cain and Abel

1 Adam lay with his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said, “With the help of the LORD I have brought forth a man.” 
2Later she gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. 
3 In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the LORD. 
4 But Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering, 
5 but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast. 
6 Then the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 
7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.” 
8Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.” And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.

Stop the Comparisons!

God made each one of us uniquely to suit his desires, purposes and plans. Why though do we continually compare ourselves to others?

As early as the garden of Eden though, man compared & contrasted himself to God and others. Man was originally happy and content being God’s Creation until Satan whispered words of doubt, confusion and envy into the hearts and minds of Eve then Adam. These poisonous doubts immediately poisoned the perception Adam and Eve had of themselves. Out of this doubt and warped self perception grew envy, shame, guilt, competitiveness and eventually hatred within the heart of one of Adam & Eve’s sons, Cain.

This tainted self perception continued with the birth of Cain & Abel. Cain felt inferior to his brother Abel. This inferiority rapidly morphed into poor self concept and hatred to the point where Cain murdered his brother Abel out of sheer jealousy and an extremely saddened self concept.

It is essential for each child of God to undoubtedly see, feel and understand he/she has been ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’ Psalm 139:14 (NIV) for God’s desire and purpose. He created and values each one of us as individuals. He loves us equally. We have inherited a competitive, comparative often warped view of ourselves. We need to remember this warped self perception was bred through Satan’s whispered lies into the ear of Eve. This sprinkle of doubt infused by Satan is a lie. As women we need to guard our hearts against these lies of comparison that culture and media continually pushes into our view.

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