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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!

Reliable


We think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it.  In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead. And he did rescue us from mortal danger, and he will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us. And you are helping us by praying for us. Then many people will give thanks because God has graciously answered so many prayers for our safety. 2 Cor 1:8-11

Each one of us can probably relate to having faced something that absolutely overwhelmed us beyond our ability to endure. When your spirit is crushed and hope is lost, despair rises. Paul is describing some pretty dark times when hope was gone and so was the belief that they could survive. He says, "we expected to die." It would have been easy, perhaps even understandable to pull out the white flag and give up. They could have had a huge pity party and waited to die. But they didn't!
Scripture says, they stopped relying on themselves. Paul stopped thinking about himself and his ability and began thinking about God and what God could do. He realized that when you put your trust in someone, they had better be trust-worthy. As he and the others relied upon God, confidence came back and with that confidence came hope of being rescued. God did his part and answered all of their prayers and brought them to safety.
So today, if you are facing something that seems unbearable and your hope is fading, stop thinking about the trouble and start praising the solution...your solution is the Lord! Stop relying on your ability and power and begin to rely upon the strength and might of the Lord. Your confidence will grow as you place your trust in the only One who is absolutely reliable. He rescued Paul time and time again and he will rescue you too. Then many people will give thanks to God!