Summary: As we consider:Are you leaving too.. we address the issue of COMPARING self to other.
#2ARE YOU LEAVING TOO? COMPARISON
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr.
This is part 2. Are you leaving too... COMPARISON.
John 6:2 And the great multitude followed Him,
because THEY SAW MIRACLES which Jesus had done on those with diseases.
John 6:66 From that time many of his disciples WENT BACK, AND WALKED NO MORE WITH HIM.
Romans 12:19 says: Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, neither give place to wrath, for it is written, VENGEANCE IS MINE; I WILL REPAY, saith the Lord.
1 Corintians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: BUT GOD IS FAITHFUL, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that you are able, but will with the temptation also make a way of escape, that you will be ABLE TO BEAR IT.
Many of my readers are Christian workers.
It is my desire to encourage, hold up, and spur all that will read to greater vision and action. Many are hurting and considering, what the use, I will throw up my hands and quit. God wants you to try again.
We are in a war. We often misidentify the enemy?
We often feel so lonely and fear our work is unnoticed.
Most that will read this are feel like little nobodies, and have heard little applause and appreciation.
DON’T EVER FORGET THAT JESUS LOVES YOU AND HE CARES ABOUT YOU.
DON’T FORGET WHAT YOU KNOW.
My two year old Grandson Brandon has taught me a new word: "ME?"
I will be playing with Matthew, my 5 year old grandson, and Brandon will come up to me and say, "ME?"
I was telling him a Bible story of how Jesus loved Stephen, and Brandon said, "ME?"
I said, "YES, YOU!"
I was going some where and Brandon came to Paw, (me) and said, "ME?"
I said, "Sure get in the Blue, my ford truck."
I was talking to my wife the other day, I simply said "ME?"
Stop and let’s sing:
Jesus loves "ME?" yes, I KNOW, for the Bible tells "ME?" so.
Little ones to Him belong, they are WEAK but (HONEY) HE is strong...
YES --Jesus loves "ME?", Yes, Jesus loves "ME?",
Yes Jesus loves "ME?", the Bible tells "ME?" so.
You are very valuable to God!
I can prove your value? God GAVE His only Son --- NOW THAT IS VALUE.
I see a real problem with self doubt, THAT CAUSES GOD’S PEOPLE TO NEVER REACH THEIR POTENTIAL.
We have labored and given everything and we don’t see the results that we envisioned or expected.
Need I say that others expected?
The honeymoon is over. We have smelled the bad breathe?
We have seen people problems? We have seen the great obstacles?
We have heard the GIANT make his boast?
Others have told us, you can’t do it? We didn’t need to hear that, see, we already knew we couldn’t do it?
In dry times and lean times, it is easy to doubt your self and your call.
By doubting your call, you doubt God.
God calls and God enables, without God there is nothing.
We must recognize spiritual seasons and prepare.
Any man releasing doubt and self doubt will have a better focus and vision.
This is like manure to the weeds.
WHY DO PEOPLE WANT TO LEAVE?
WHY LOOK BACK?
5. A QUITTING SPIRIT AND SELF DOUBT CAN BE ROOTED IN WATCHING OTHERS, A RIVALRY SPIRIT, KEEPING UP WITH THE JONES,
2 Corthinians 10:12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or COMPARE OURSELVES with them that commend themselves, and COMPARING themselves by themselves among themselves, ARE NOT WISE.
As a young preacher, I had a friend that was a young preacher himself. He tried to comb his hair like that great TV Evangelist, he practiced talking like the TV preacher.
He even got the TV preacher’s news letter and would preach the TV man’s sermons.
When the great TV man went under, we young preachers learned... a great lesson ---
PHILIPPIANS 3:3... HAVE NO CONFIDENCE IN THE FLESH.
I must be doing something wrong, if others are more blessed than I?
We know God wants every congregation to be over 100, or is that 200?
I must be a bad preacher and doing wrong if I am not flying in a jet at 45,000 feet?
This breeds a BA, bad attitude, If God wants every church to be 5,000, and own a mansion and drive a Rolls Royce, and I have pastored a church and we run 35,
and I have to pay the bills out of my pocket, I am not a MAN of God?
I must be a failure?
Is there any truth to: Promotion almost always comes after TESTS!
That church over there has a million dollar budget, and we just barely make it, I am doing something wrong. I have no great ecclestialal success sheets? I should just quit?