Session 21

What’s the purpose of wrath?

From Revelation: A 28-Day Devotional

A 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 ....” 

Delivering consequences are one of the hardest parts of a parent’s job. No parent enjoys it, but every parent knows it’s necessary.

To not follow-through would be unjust and unkind. If parents never follow through with a consequence, the child’s heart never changes. Rather than learning patience and self-control, the child’s sin nature is rewarded. 

Revelation 16 could be read as a description of a future global battle between good and evil. But, it also must be read as a personal explanation of the consequences of sin. God is not making empty promises. He is serious about dealing with sin because He knows how destructive it is. 

God is so serious about our sin, He sent His Son to atone for it and gives us His Spirit to help us live in freedom from it. But to receive these gifts is a choice we all have to make. 

The wrath poured out in Revelation 16 is the consequence of refusing these gifts. With each bowl, God gives man an opportunity to repent and see Him as He really is. God cannot be loving without being just, and there will come a time when all of mankind will have to reckon with his sinfulness. 

God’s wrath doesn’t have to be our consequence. Every day that there’s breath in our lungs, we have the opportunity to turn from sin and turn toward Him.

Reflect:
  • What has God given you to help you turn away from sin?
  • What is the Holy Spirit telling you to confess and repent of today?

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Devotionals From This Study

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Session 1

You can be fearless

Remember when you thought your parents were the strongest, most powerful people in the world? As kids, we felt invincible in their care. ...

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Session 2

Stop going through the motions

Serving in the church is a good thing. But what happens when excitement becomes exhaustion, when there is no satisfaction and much less j...

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Session 3

How to overcome your worst fears

Suffering can look different for each of us. Sickness, financial strain, and infertility are all unique types of suffering. Wha...

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Session 4

How to overcome temptation

Have you ever felt like fighting sin is pointless? Every day, we’re faced with opportunities to return to what’s comfortable and familiar...

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Session 5

Look how far you’ve come

Jesus celebrates the believers in Thyatira for growing in good deeds. Not for having the best worship services or seeing most salvations,...

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Session 6

Do you work out?

Like standing in a garage doesn’t make a person a car, just showing up to the gym doesn’t make a person stronger. To see change, we must ...

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Session 7

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

The thing that set the church in Philadelphia apart wasn’t what they had, but what they did with what they had.  What the church in...

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Session 8

How committed are you to following Jesus?

Have you ever been to the pool at the beginning of summer when the water is just a little too cold to jump in? You stick your toes and le...

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Session 9

Worship doesn’t just happen on Sunday

Revelation 4 offers descriptions of some rather interesting creatures. Scholars have argued for centuries about what these creatures repr...

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Session 10

Jesus alone is worthy of worship

If you’ve ever toured a historic home, you know you are not allowed to open some doors or walk on certain staircases. Since you don’t hav...

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Session 11

Is judgment day for real?

The end of the world is an idea so thoroughly explored, it could have its own category on Netflix.  But Judgment Day is m...

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Session 12

Jesus is a good judge and righteous king

We have come to accept suffering, hunger, and pain as part of life. While they may not be the norm in your life, these problems are unive...

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Session 13

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

It is 5:30 in the afternoon, and your phone is beeping for the third time in 5 minutes. You have 10 unread emails, and you know from the ...

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Session 14

This is the only effective way to deal with sin

Sin is more than a bad decision made at the moment. Most of the time, sin stems from a pattern of behavior we aren’t addressing. It’s rar...

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Session 15

How much do you need to know?

Have you ever watched a movie and at the end of a scene you think to yourself, “What just happened?” You either rewind and replay to try ...

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Session 16

What you need to know when hope seems lost

When life gets crazy, it’s easy to question God. The weight of our pain and disappointment make the enemy’s lies more enticing. Inst...

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Session 17

What you need to remember when Satan attacks

We have a real enemy whose aim is to kill, steal, and destroy (John 10:10). As soon as we were born, Satan began his attacks. He whi...

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Session 18

Where do you find your joy?

We are more easily distracted by newness and power than we like to admit.  When the beast appears in Revelation, people worship it ...

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Session 19

Christianity isn’t a magic wand

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 ...

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Session 20

Just wait, things are going to get better

We live in a fallen world. We don’t need anyone to tell us evil and sin exist. Just watch the news for 5 minutes or look back at your tho...

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Session 21

What’s the purpose of wrath?

A 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,...

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Session 22

The making of a martyr

Revelation 17 describes a woman "drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of the martyrs of Jesus." Jesus told us His followers wou...

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Session 23

Get rich quick or be rich forever

Commercials promise more happiness when we buy their product: If you’re sad, surely, it because you don’t have one of thes...

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Session 24

Don’t worship the messenger

Before the final strike of the auctioneer’s gavel, selling the old worn violin for a paltry $3, the gray-bearded man stepped forward. He ...

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Session 25

Is your understanding of Jesus growing up with you?

Jesus isn’t like Santa Claus. He doesn’t double-check a heavenly list so He can punish the “naughty people.” We all grow up with differe...

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Session 26

Satan will meet his doom

We have all had that one pesky fly that seems determined to drive us insane. We find ourselves waving our arms like a lunatic, cursing th...

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Session 27

Not everyone experiences heaven

In Revelation 21, John tells us of a glorious heaven where God and Jesus will live among us. But John warns us that not everyone wil...

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Session 28

Are you ready to meet with Jesus?

Life on earth is temporary. All of our lives will one day come to an end. While we don’t like to think of life ending, Revelation 22 tea...

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