John 21:18- verily I tell you, when you were younger you dresed yourself and went where you wanted, but when you are old, someone will dress you and lead you where you don’t want to go. Jesus said thia to indicate the kind of death by which Peter glorify God. Then he said to him “Follow Me”. Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved was following him. When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord what about him?” Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” Because of this, the rumor spread among the believers that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say that he would not die. He only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, whats it to you?”

Peter was comparing his death to John’s.
1. The Curse of Comparison
A. Produces inferiority or superiority.
B. Produces anger toward God
C. Opens the door to Satan

James 3:14-16- but if you have bitter envy and self seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, and demonic.

Comparing yourself opens the door for Satan to take away the joy of God, which is our strength.

2. The Causes of Comparisons
A. Lack of acceptance of who God made me to be.
1 Cor. 12:24-25- while our presentable parts need no specjal treatment. But God has put the bidy together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.

Stop wanting everyone else’s gift. Seek God for your own gift and allow God to impact the Kingdom by you being you.

B. We don’t understand who God has called us to be.
2 Cor.10:12- we don’t dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure thenselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.

Those who compare themselves to others are not wise.

C. Covetousness-this was the original sin.  It shows ingratitude for what God has given you.
Colossians 3:15- therefore put to death the members which are on the earth: fornication,  uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness,  which is idolatry.

*Could it be that you being upset when God blesses someone else,  is stopping God from blessing you?

*The MATURE Christian ahould be the first one excited when God blesses someone else.

3. The Cure for Comparison- Romans 1:21
A. Glorify God- quit magnifying the blessing and GLORIFY the BLESSOR
B. Be Thankful-walk in an attitude of grace
C. Renew my mind