Overcoming Adversity

Q: Where do challenges come from? Are they from us, from God, from Satan? Are they out of our control?

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8)

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble.But take heart! I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)

In his blog, Wale says, “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…” 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.”

Q: Do you recognise times in your life when you have shared your pain with God without reaching for him in faith? What stops us from making the step of faith?

Q: What are the benefits of adversity?

Wale’s blog says:

  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

Q: Can you look back on a challenge in your life and see how God has used it to good?

Q: What challenges can we pray about today?

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