The Comparison Game | Day Six
By: Megan Gover | To download the first week of this study, click here.
Over the last week, we’ve studied the importance of joy being anchored in Christ’s presence, how our enemy operates, and both the process of how comparisons work and chokehold our joy. Before we start diving into specific comparison areas over the next few weeks, we need an understanding of the importance and power of Christ’s freedom in our lives:
Start off this time thanking the Lord for being a God of freedom!
Now, read the first sentence of Galatians 5:1.
Write this verse out on a piece of paper or type it into a note on your phone three times.
How would you re-phase this verse in your own words? How would you describe it to a second grader?
What is the reoccurring theme in this verse?
What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word freedom? (Fourth of July, America, broken chains, etc…)
What specifically did Christ free us from? How did Christ set us free?
Why did he set us free? What did he free us to do?
What does God’s desire for us to be free say about His heart and character? How does this verse communicate truth about our sinful nature?
If you daily claimed the freedom Christ offers you, how would your life be different? What would your day-to-day look like?
Continue reading the second sentence of Galatians 5:1.
Paul tells us to stand firm. How would you describe something that is firm? What are we to stand firm against?
How can we stand firm according to Ephesians 6:10-18?
How many times does this passage call us to stand? What is it calling us to stand against?
Name all the pieces of armor. Which part of the armor of God do you need to put on today in order to stand firmly against Satan’s schemes to enslave you?
Now back to Galatians 5:1. The ESV version of this verse says: “do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” Look up the definition of a yoke here. There are two meanings—one literal and one spiritual. How do both of these relate to slavery and freedom?
How do you think comparisons bind and burden your freedom in Christ?
What are some action steps you need to take in order to stand firm against sin and comparisons wreaking havoc on your freedom this week?
Jesus died to set us free. He wants nothing—no sin, struggle, or comparison—to hinder the freedom He offers. Therefore, we must vigilantly stand firm against Satan’s schemes for he will do anything to steal, kill, and destroy any resemblance of life-giving truth in our lives.
End this time asking the Lord to help you claim His freedom, stand firmly against anything that enslaves you, and shine a light on ways you compare yourself as we begin to weed out the comparisons choke-holding our freedom and joy.