The Unexpected Struggle


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Week #8 – The Unexpected Journey
The Unexpected Struggle
 
1) Following Christ brings unexpected struggle.
 
The world won’t understand.
 
John 6:66-68 – “After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. So Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life,”
 
2) Following the world brings unexpected struggle.
 
God doesn’t want us to follow the world.
(consequences)
 
Numbers 14:21-23 – “But truly, as I live, and as all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord, none of the men who have seen my glory and my signs that I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and yet have put me to the test these ten times and have not obeyed my voice, shall see the land that I swore to give to their fathers. And none of those who despised me shall see it. 
 
Numbers 14:24 – But my servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit and has followed me fully, I will bring into the land into which he went, and his descendants shall possess it.
 
3) Embrace the unexpected struggle.
 
1 Timothy 4:11-16 – “Command and teach these things. Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching. Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you. Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress. Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.”
 
A caterpillar struggles to get out of its cocoon, but it needs that struggle to grow strong and survive as a butterfly.
 
God calls us into the unknown and the uncomfortable often because our character is more important to God than our comfort.