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Session 20

What’s The Purpose Of Wrath?

Read: Revelation 16

In a public place a loud high-energy child is pushing his mom’s patience toward her limit. She says, “If you don’t stop, I’m going to .....” Moments later, she says, “If you don’t stop right this minute, I’m going to ...” Then, finally, she says, “You know I mean it, you better stop right now or ....” She wants the behavior to change, but she is not holding up her end of the bargain. Explaining AND delivering consequences are her responsibility. Talking about it with no follow through confuses the child and does not get the desired result.  

Revelation 16 could be read as some distant future description of a global battle between good and evil. But, it also must be read as a personal explanation of consequences of sin for us as individuals. God is not making empty promises nor is He less than absolutely serious about His views on sin in our lives.  

The Bible tells us in Revelation 16:9, and again in verse 11, that terrible things happen to people because “they refused to repent ...” To repent means to turn from sinful behavior and go in the other direction. It does not mean to become perfect, but it does mean to change our attitude toward sin — trying to avoid it as much as possible, confessing to God when we do it and trying even harder to do better in the future.  

God’s wrath is not the final answer for us, or at least it does not have to be. Because of God’s love and mercifulness, He provides many opportunities along the way for us to turn away from a love for sin and turn toward Him.

Reflect:

  • What opportunities and tools has God provided you to help you turn away from sin?
  • What steps can you take to consistently overcome your sins?

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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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