1. False expectations lead to disappointments in life.
a. I’ve worked in the nursery for a whole year now and I still don’t have a wife / husband.
b. Christianity is not about getting a spouse — it’s about living for God.
2. Does that mean God won’t help us, take care of us, etc.? Not at all!!
a. God has made some tremendous promises to His followers. Matt 7:7-11; Mark 11:23,24; John 15:7; John 16:23
b. But He spoke those to a specific type of people — those who have left all to follow Him. Mark 10:28
3. The Bible clearly teaches that godliness (living for God, like God) is profitable, but you must meet certain conditions. I Tim 4:8; Matt 6:33
4. It’s always God’s will to bless, prosper, and help His people. III John 2; II Cor 9:8
a. However, experience shows us clearly it doesn’t work that way for everybody — in some cases, it is obvious why; in others, it isn’t.
b. But, we can’t make the mistake of watering down God’s promises.
c. We also can’t make the mistake of throwing in the towel because it didn’t work for us or because it didn’t work when, or the way, we wanted it to.
5. There is something very freeing and very stabilizing in the difficulties of life when you have a Daniel 3:17,18 attitude.
a. This statement is not a bad confession. It is a statement of total, complete trust and confidence in God.
b. It is a statement of: even if it doesn’t work out the way I want it to, I’m not turning back!! I’m going on with God.
6. We see the same thing in John 6.
a. Jesus multiplied loaves and fishes, and the people who ate came after Jesus.
b. Jesus realized they were seeking more bread, and He used this as an opportunity to teach them that there is more to life than the physical concerns. v26,27; 32-35; 51
c. Then, Jesus begins to explain that the relationship His followers must have to Him is union. And, He used the example of eating His flesh and drinking His blood. v53-58
d. This offended many of the people and they stopped following Him. v66 e. But note the answer / attitude of the twelve disciples to these very perplexing statements — where else would we go? v67-69