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Session 3

How to overcome your worst fears

Read: Revelation 2:8-11

Suffering can look different for each of us. Maybe it looks like sickness, financial strain, or infertility. Whatever it is, when trouble hits, we each have two options: We can run or face it head-on. The word that Jesus speaks to the church in Smyrna is a hard one, but it raises an important question: How do we overcome our worst fears?

Sometimes God doesn't deliver us from the trial, but He saves us through it. Jesus promised his followers before the crucifixion, "In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world" (John 16:33). In fact, the Bible tells us that Jesus himself learned obedience by what He suffered (Hebrews 5:7-8).

Just because we're in pain or going through a difficult season doesn't mean we are being punished for past or present sins or that God is against us. God uses difficult seasons to teach us important lessons. Our job is to find out what those lessons are. Difficult circumstances are the perfect opportunity to draw closer to God through prayer, reading the Bible, and worshipping through music. When we are weak, we are the most aware and dependent on His strength (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).

In a difficult season, God wants to give us something we've never had before because we've never needed it before. Let’s not miss it. Instead, seek God who has overcome all of our troubles, and trust Him more.

Reflect:

  • Are you in a difficult season of life right now? What is something that God could be teaching you through this season?
  • Think back to a difficult season you’ve overcome. What helped you overcome that season? What lessons did God teach you through it?
  • How does God want to use you to help someone you know through a difficult season right now?

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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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Are you making the most of what you’ve been given?

Are you making the most of what you’ve been given?

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8

How committed are you to following Jesus?

How committed are you to following Jesus?

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9

Worship doesn’t just happen on Sunday

Worship doesn’t just happen on Sunday

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10

Jesus alone is worthy of worship

Jesus alone is worthy of worship

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11

Is judgment day for real?

Is judgment day for real?

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12

Jesus is a good judge and righteous king

Jesus is a good judge and righteous king

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13

This is the most important person trying to get your attention today

This is the most important person trying to get your attention today

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14

This is the only effective way to deal with sin

This is the only effective way to deal with sin

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15

How much do you need to know?

How much do you need to know?

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16

What you need to know when hope seems lost

What you need to know when hope seems lost

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17

What you need to remember when Satan attacks

What you need to remember when Satan attacks

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18

Where do you find your joy?

Where do you find your joy?

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19

Christianity isn’t a magic wand

Christianity isn’t a magic wand

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20

Just wait, things are going to get better

Just wait, things are going to get better

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21

What’s the purpose of wrath?

What’s the purpose of wrath?

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22

The making of a martyr

The making of a martyr

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23

Get rich quick or be rich forever

Get rich quick or be rich forever

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24

Don’t worship the messenger

Don’t worship the messenger

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25

Is your understanding of Jesus growing up with you?

Is your understanding of Jesus growing up with you?

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26

Satan will meet his doom

Satan will meet his doom

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Not everyone experiences heaven

Not everyone experiences heaven

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Are you ready to meet with Jesus?

Are you ready to meet with Jesus?

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