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Comfort by Mind Map: Comfort

1. We live in a wold obsessed with the idea of living

1.1. “our best life.”

1.2. How often do we see that caption on social med

1.2.1. ..”Living my best life?”

1.3. Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

2. 1 JOHN

2.1. 17 times John uses the phrase “the world” in his 1st letter

2.2. Let’s start with what loving “The World” doesn’t mean?

2.2.1. Doesn’t mean we shouldn’t love people in world...even enemies

2.2.2. Doesn’t mean we shouldn’t enjoy the gifts God has given...every good gift

2.2.3. Doesn’t mean should love creation... testifies to the glory of God

2.2.3.1. The Greek work here CONTEXTUALLY means “the cultural system of this world” “spirit of this world” that’s what we are to not love....

2.2.3.2. What is the system of this world?

2.2.3.2.1. A life that doesn’t need God

2.2.3.3. No matter where your are in the journey of life

2.2.3.3.1. EVERYONE HAS A DESIRED LIFE MORE DEFINED BY EASE THAN STRUGGLE

3. Left unchecked we are drifting toward lazy inactivity

3.1. Dating-marriage

3.1.1. Men: when we were trying to win the girl. Poems, flowers, scavenger hunts

3.1.2. Ladies: shaved legs and Zumba classes 3 times a wk. only ordering side salads and water on date night

3.2. Now? Marriage?

3.2.1. Men: too much effort to walk to the table for dinner rather than eat in front of the TV

3.2.2. Ladies: you dress up...but you dress up in your “going out” sweats

4. CHASING A COUNTERFEIT COMFORT

4.1. REVEALS SPIRITUAL EMPTINESS

4.1.1. 1 John 2:15

4.2. Think about God’s love toward the lost

4.2.1. The hurting

4.2.2. Poor

4.2.3. Weak

4.2.4. Faithful

4.2.5. Sacrificial

4.2.5.1. “For Christ’s love compels us.. that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.”

4.2.6. God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.-Piper

4.3. ELIMINATES OUR NEED FOR FAITH

4.3.1. WHAT PART OF YOUR LIFE ARE YOU HELPLESS WITHOUT GOD INTERVENING?

4.3.1.1. 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.

5. YOU CANNOT PURSUE COMFORTAND WALK BY FAITH

5.1. EMBRACE THE AUTHENTIC

5.2. Why would we chase a counterfeit and unattainable comfort when we can embraceauthentic comfort?

5.2.1. 2 Corinthians 1:3-5

5.2.2. 2 Corinthians 1:6-7

5.3. EMBRACE DIVINE DISCOMFORT

5.3.1. JAMES 1:2-4

6. Dokimion

6.1. The Greek word for testing is dokimion- same word used to describe how a silversmith would “test” silver. Under heat. Repeatedly remove the dross or impurity until he could see his reflection in the silver. God is doing the same thing in you through pain...he wants to use it so he can see his reflection in your life

6.1.1. The most valuable things in my life are the result of Gods presence in the midst of pain.

6.1.1.1. 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 heartsthrough the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

6.1.1.1.1. God afflicts the comfortable

6.1.1.1.2. He comforts the afflicted

7. EMBRACE THAT THIS ISN’T YOUR BEST LIFE

7.1. Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. Romans

7.1.1. God has a best life intended for you. It is not here and it certainly isn’t now. Your soul was made to long for the things of heaven.

7.2. TRYING TO FULFILL AN ETERNAL LONGING WITH TEMPORARY COMFORT WILL LEAD TO AN EMPTY LIFE

7.2.1. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it

8. That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him

8.1. EMBRACE THE GOD OF ALL COMFORT AS YOUR SOURCE OF ALL COMFORT