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Fighting the Rut Part 4

10.20.2019

 

We live in a culture obsessed with the idea of living our best life.

 

Two realities about chasing counterfeit.

 

  1. It reveals spiritual emptiness. That’s a problem. Chasing and pursuing and living for this desired life of comfort reveals what John says

 

I John 2:15

15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.

 

2 Corinthians 5:14-15

14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

 

  1. It eliminates our need for faith.

 

In what part of your life today are you helpless unless God supernaturally intervened?

 

Hebrews 11:6

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

 

KEY: His love in us will create more disruption than ease.

 

You cannot pursue comfort and walk by faith at the same time.

 

2 Corinthians 1:3-5 

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfortwho comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.

 

Part of your life is to share in the sufferings of Christ, period.

 

Challenge:

 

Embrace divine discomfort.

 

James 1:2-4

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

 

Romans 5:3-5

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

 

Embrace, that this is not your best life.

 

Romans 8:18-19

18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.

 

Matthew 16:25

25 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.

What if your posture to God was let this life be whatever you want it to be.

 

1 Corinthians 2:9

However, as it is written:

“What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”—
the things God has prepared for those who love him—