Adversity

Overcoming Adversity

Adversity is inevitable in human life. Life is characterised by series of challenging seasons. There is none who has not experienced some kinds of trouble in their lives. Broken relationships, financial crisis, work- related challenges, loss of lives or limbs, health problems, natural disasters, and several other challenges have become parts of life experiences.

Now, what does the bible say about adversity? First of all, the bible makes it clear that earth is an adversarial environment. Everyone on the earth has an enemy. Satan is our chief adversary. He’s continuously scanning the surface of the earth, moving to and from relentlessly, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). Satan’s job descriptions were clearly spelt out in John 10:10 by Jesus. His aim was to kill, steal, and destroy. Satan’s goal is to try and kill your faith in God through adversity, steal your joy and peace through worry and anxiety, and if possible, destroy your future.

“But thanks are to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ…” (2 Corinthians 2:14).

If your desire is to overcome your adversity, it is crucial that you know the lord Jesus and what He says in His word. He is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). He left His heavenly throne and came to earth to destroy the power of the devil (1 John 3:8). He led the captivity captive and gave gifts to his people (Ephesians 4:8). Jesus knew that you will face various challenges on the earth, and that is why he warned us beforehand about it (John 16:33). He said that He is our peace in the midst of trials and that we should rejoice in His strength because He has overcome the world.

Jesus sees and feels every single pain you feel. He sees each tear that rolls down your face. He is our compassionate High Priest. The bible says, “For we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities…” (Hebrews 4:15). He is extremely willing to help you through your darkest hours, if you would turn to Him. When you turn to Him is your trials He moves swiftly to deposit His peace in your heart and turn you trials to testimonies.

Although Jesus feels your pain and is moved by your adversity, He is not authorised to intervene until you reach for Him. When you reach for God, you prove faith, and your faith then releases divine intervention. Faith is the authorisation for the miraculous. Until God feels the pleasure of your faith, miracles remain unreleased (Hebrews 11:6).

Reaching is the seed for restoration. The woman with the issue of blood for twelve years reached for Jesus by touching the hem of His garment. She was instantly made whole (Matthew 9:20). The leper reached for Jesus and was made clean (Matthew 8:2-3). The blind man called out to Jesus and received back his sight (Luke 18:42-43).

In the same way, if you desire a supernatural turn-around in your situation, you will have to reach for Jesus and exercise your faith. He is the father to the fatherless and defender of widows (Psalm 68:5). He is your strength and hope in troubles (Isaiah 40:29-31). His is your rock, refuge, shield, stronghold and saviour in times of tribulation (2 Samuel 22:3). Jesus is extremely interested in your trouble. He wants to calm every storm in your life. But He is waiting for your invitation (Revelation 3:20). He is longing for you to call to Him (Matthew 11:28-29). His heart’s desire is to turn your morning into dancing.

In Christ Jesus, adversity is never a wall, but a door into a season of increase and promotion (Romans 8:28). Anything good is hated by everything evil. The devil hates your progress. When he notices that you are moving forward, He schedules a battle to stop your progress. Every adversity is a clue that a promotion is around the corner. Therefore, you must continue to look beyond your troubles and begin to see blessings on the horizon. You have overcome the world through your faith in Christ Jesus (1 John 5:4-5). Begin to count it all joy when you face trials, because you know they are scheduling your next promotions.

There is a purpose in every adversity. Opportunities are hidden in every difficulty. Every trial is impregnated with wisdom. But until you focus on Jesus and receive the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, all you see in your adversity is hopelessness. But when you begin to focus on the word of God, the joy and the strength of the Holy Spirit rise on the side of you. The eyes of your understanding are enlightened to see the presence and the greatness of your father in the midst of your affliction (Isaiah 43:2).

The strength of God is hidden in His word. Identify scriptures that address your situation and begin to put those scriptures into your spirit. Begin to exercise your faith regarding God’s promises. You will be stunned by how quickly God responds to your cry. The word of God is powerful!

One of the reasons why God allows us to pass through difficulties is so that we can collect victories necessary for the fulfilment of the Great Commission on the earth (Matthew 28:19).  When others hear the testimonies of your victory, they are drawn to the mercy of God. Every giant you conquered imparts unto you a new tool for evangelism. Remember, you were created for good works, and every event of your life is being orchestrated towards the divine intention – which is to make you a blessing to another person (Ephesian 2:8-10).

Now let’s briefly look at some of the rewards of adversity.

7 Rewards of Adversity

  1. Adversity draws you to God. Many people only see a need to reach for God in difficult times. For example, after the September 11 tragic incidents, church attendance across America soared. “Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word. Psalm 119:67
  2. Adversity reveals what you truly believe. Where you turn to in times of trouble shows where your trust lies. Esther turned to God in fasting in times of tribulation (Esther 4:16). Also, Daniel chose to focus on God in the midst of trials (Daniel 3:17:18).
  3. Adversity teaches you to listen. One of the rewards of pain is that it births the willingness to listen. For example, a child who ignores his parents’ warnings of not touching a hot oven will eventually listen once he’s had his fingered scorched. Pain sharpens our ability to listen to God’s warnings. Genesis 42:21
  4. Adversity reveals your true friends and exposes unreliable relationships in your life. Those who are not true friends will quickly lose the ability to maintain passion for your friendship. But true friends will always be there even in adversity. Proverbs 17:19
  5. Adversity brings good people into your life. Great minds are problem-solvers. Good people always look for a way to be a blessing. Therefore, good people, who have recognised your predicaments and willingness to change, are drawn towards you in your difficult times. 1 Samuel 19:1-3
  6. Adversity is an opportunity for you to show what God in you can do. You were created to glorify God. Therefore, even in your season of pain, God wants to show His mightiness to others through your victory. Acts 28:5-6
  7. Adversity is an opportunity for supernatural promotion and favour. When David defeated Goliath, he qualified for a promotion and favour. Adversity is an opportunity for rewards. God greatly rewards overcomers. Revelation 2:7

“I lift up my eyes to the hills, where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”  Psalm 121:1-2

Stay Blessed,

Wale

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