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Losing Our Identity

2 Corinthians 10:12 We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise. One of the hardest things to do when you are unhappy, bored or disouraged is to not compare your life with someone else's. Some have called it a comparison trap. Oftentimes when we are idle or restless in our own lives, we seem to notice what is going on and into the lives of others. When this happens we lose our own identity. It's not wise to compare yourself to another person or your life to their life.  Don't fall into the trap of comparing yourself to others. You are exactly the way you are supposed to be. Don't let the weakness in you affect the greatness in you. You have been given all that you need to be the success that God desires for you. Settle down and settle in to that best version of you that we all want to see. You are amazing!

BFF's friends forever...those folks are pretty special. They stick close when everyone else has left the building. Yesterday we talked about a man who could not move or speak and was paralyzed. It's a story in the Bible in Mark 2. He had four BFF's!
Picture for a moment this paralyzed man laying on a mat and unable to feed himself, get a drink, write a sentence or do anything. He was in desperate need of a friend. You and I were created for be connected to people. Like the man in this story, we can never be whole, never be well unless we have the right people in the right places in our lives.
I like to picture this man on a mat with a post on each corner and the only way the mat can be brought to the place where Jesus could heal him was to have someone on each corner. Let me give you the four corners...four posts that we all need to get us in a position to be saved, delivered and healed.
The first corner is FAITH. Without faith we cannot make God happy. Faith IS the substance of what we hope for and the clear cut evidence that what we don't see yet is coming. So FAITH is the first post. But we all know that faith cannot do it needs needs HOPE. HOPE is the second post. Faith and Hope always seem to work together. Faith without hope is nothing. Fact is that hope increases when faith is exercised. Christ in YOU is the HOPE of glory. Faith brings the hope level up and hope keeps faith moving. Faith and Hope, though they can drag you to where you need to be, don’t make up all that we need.You can't carry this mat with these two alone. Tomorrow we will fill the other two positions...