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Session 18

Christianity Isn’t A Magic Wand

Read: Revelation 14

A common misconception about Christianity is that it is an immediate fix to everything. Many believe that becoming a Christian is like waving a magic wand over all life’s hardships. Once we accept Christ, all of our problems go away, right? Wrong. Christians are not promised an easy life. In fact, Jesus tells us in John 16:33 “‘...in this world [we] will have trouble.’” So, if we are promised trouble and get no free pass to avoid hard times in life, why would we choose Christianity?

We have a choice everyday to do things the easy way or to do things God’s way. Few times will the two be the same. To obey God’s commands and remain faithful to Jesus requires patient endurance (Revelation 14:12), but the reward is worth the work. Though we aren’t promised a life of ease, as Christians, we are promised a life of hope, grace and mercy. We are promised an unconditional love from a God who will never leave or forsake us. Even in our hardest times, we can be sure that God is with us to guide, teach and protect. He can use even the toughest situations for His glory and our good.

John 16:33 doesn’t end with the fact that we will have trouble. Jesus goes on to say, “But take heart! I have overcome the world!” Christianity isn’t a golden ticket to easy street, but it is the only way to access true peace, joy and contentment. Remaining faithful to Jesus and who He has called us to be allows us to live fully in the joyful life He has planned for us.

Reflect:

  • Have you accepted Jesus' love for you? If not, what’s keeping you from living in the joyful life He has planned for you?
  • In what areas of your life are you choosing the easy way over God’s way? How does this impact your relationship with Christ and with others?
  • In what tough situations have you seen or are you seeing God’s protection, provision and guidance? In what ways can God take something bad in your life and use it for your good?

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You Can Be Fearless

You Can Be Fearless

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2

Stop Going Through The Motions

Stop Going Through The Motions

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3

How To Overcome Your Worst Fears

How To Overcome Your Worst Fears

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4

How To Overcome Temptation

How To Overcome Temptation

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5

Look How Far You’ve Come

Look How Far You’ve Come

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6

Do You Work Out?

Do You Work Out?

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7

A Command For Every Christian

A Command For Every Christian

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8

Are You Ready?

Are You Ready?

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9

Worship Doesn’t Just Happen on Sunday

Worship Doesn’t Just Happen on Sunday

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10

Worthy

Worthy

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11

Is Judgment Day For Real?

Is Judgment Day For Real?

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12

Fighting For Us Always

Fighting For Us Always

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13

There Is Another Way

There Is Another Way

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14

How Much Do You Need To Know?

How Much Do You Need To Know?

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15

What You Need To Know When Hope Seems Lost

What You Need To Know When Hope Seems Lost

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16

When Satan Attacks

When Satan Attacks

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17

The Authority on Joy

The Authority on Joy

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18

Christianity Isn’t A Magic Wand

Christianity Isn’t A Magic Wand

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19

If It Ain’t Good, Then God Ain’t Done

If It Ain’t Good, Then God Ain’t Done

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20

What’s The Purpose Of Wrath?

What’s The Purpose Of Wrath?

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21

The Making of a Martyr

The Making of a Martyr

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22

Get Rich Quick Or Be Rich Forever

Get Rich Quick Or Be Rich Forever

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23

Don’t Worship The Messenger

Don’t Worship The Messenger

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24

Who Are You, Lord?

Who Are You, Lord?

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25

Satan Will Meet His Doom

Satan Will Meet His Doom

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26

Not Everyone Experiences Heaven

Not Everyone Experiences Heaven

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27

A Personal Appointment

A Personal Appointment

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