Have you ever thought about how you would finish the sentence "I'll be happy if..."?
How would you finish that sentence right now?
Have you ever felt like everything would be better if your life was easy? How so?
In what ways do you think life could be easier? Explain.
Do you agree with this statement?
“An easy life is an empty life.”
Why or why not?
1 Corinthians 10:13
The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.
2 Corinthians 12:1-10
12 I must go on boasting. Although there is nothing to be gained, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord. 2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know—God knows. 3 And I know that this man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows— 4 was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell. 5 I will boast about a man like that, but I will not boast about myself, except about my weaknesses. 6 Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say, 7 or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
9 Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. 10 If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.
26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. 27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers[a] in harmony with God’s own will. 28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
Do you often compare how easy your life is to others? In what ways? (1 Cor 10:13)
Paul talks about a thorn in his side that will not go away. What would you consider a thorn in your side right now in your life?
What does it mean when 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 says “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness”? Have you seen this in your own life?
What does the world say life should be like vs what God says life is?
What are some of those heavy burdens that Jesus wants you to give to him? Do they root from wanting an easy life?
Do you believe when Jesus says in Matthew 11:28, "“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." Why or why not?
What kind of rest is he talking about?