During our time of Adversity: test, & trials, they come to make us and to BUILD us from the INISDE OUT. Jesus suffered – Isaiah 53:3,5
As we through the fire of (transition) – dealing with the issues of life- we’re yet going to benefit if we faint not. I encourage/challenge you: to hold on a little while longer.
To suffer mean to: endure hardship or experience loss
Transition-means to change form one thing to the next in action or state of being
Trans-mean “CROSS” we each have a cross to bear (there is PURPOSE in the PROCESS)
Because we’re taken from one form as one thing into something NEW- Smile He is molding and making us. His hands are upon us. The Holy Spirit is living within us which is empower us to stand in the time of ADVERSITY.
The enemy’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy.
But God loves us and His purpose is to give life in all its fullness.
Jer 29:11 says For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
He has great things in store for us; however, his plan for our lives includes adversity.
David states in Psalm 119:71, “The suffering You sent was good for me, for it taught me to pay attention to Your principles.”
Adversity draws us toward refocusing our attention on God and what His word says instead of our circumstances.
God’s purpose for adversity is to shape and mold us into Christlike not DESTROY us.
2 Corinthians 4:7-9
King James Version (KJV)
7. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. 8. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9. Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
New Living Translation (NLT)
16. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit.
Rejoice in time of ADVERSITY = victory (Triumph)
We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us” Romans 5:3-5, NIV).
“Thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him” (2 Corinthians 2:14, NlV).
1. Our Adversity trains us to be obedient:
Adversity due to disobedience,
“The Lord disciplines those He loves, and He punishes everyone He accepts as a son… Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in His holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it” (Hebrews 12:6,10,11, NIV).
2. Adversity brings about Refinement of our inner being: I truly believes He refines us in the FIRE so He can use us!
Our trials and tribulation conforms us to the image of Christ. “I have refined you, but not in the way silver is refined. Rather, I have refined you in the furnace of suffering (ADVERSITY)” (Isaiah 48:10).
When we are feeling the heat of adversity, we must allow God to do refining work in our life. Then we can surely say, “[God] knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold” (Job 23:10, NIV).
3. Adversity comes to strengthen our relationship with our Father-Our Creator:
“The Lord hears His people when they call to Him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; He rescues those who are crushed in spirit. The righteous face many troubles, but the Lord rescues them from each and everyone” (Psalm 34:17-19).
4. Adversity comes that we may produce understanding of other peoples feelings.
“This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for He faced all of the same temptations we do, yet He did not sin” (Hebrews 4:15).
“[God] comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When others are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us” (2 Corinthians 1:4).
Paul explains, “You can be sure that the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with His comfort through Christ. So when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your benefit and salvation! For when God comforts us, it is so that we, in turn, can be an encouragement to you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer” (2 Corinthians 1:5,6).
Adversity teaches us to be more humble, compassionate, and loving toward others. It keeps our hearts from hardening.
5. Adversity produces maturity that enables us to Minister to others.
“So take a new grip with your tired hands and stand firm on your shaky legs. Mark out a straight path for your feet. Then those who follow you, though they are weak and lame, will not stumble and fall but will become strong” (Hebrews 12:12,13).
Example: the Eagle when the mother stirs up the nest so the babies can go forth in becoming mature eagles, themselves.
Sometimes God may “stir up the nest” to encourage us to step out of our comfort zone and to help us mature in new areas. Hardships make us grow in our understanding of ourselves, others, and God.
6. Adversity brings about perseverance. James 1;2,3- 2Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations. 3Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience.
“So be truly glad! There is wonderful joy ahead, even though it is necessary for you to endure many trials for a while. These trials are only to test your faith, to show that it is strong and pure. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—and your faith is far more precious to God then mere gold. So if your faith remains strong after being tried by fiery trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world” (1 Peter 1:6,7).
“I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]” (Hebrews 13:5, Amplified).
I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from His love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels can’t, and the demons can’t. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can’t keep God’s love away. Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38,39).
7. He gives us peace in the midst of Adversity. Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27, NIV).
Thank God for Adversity: “Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. Instead, be very glad—because these trials will make you partners with Christ in His suffering, and afterward you will have the wonderful joy of sharing His glory when it is displayed to all the world” (1 Peter 4:12,13).
In closing we can handle Adversity because we are a chosen priesthood and we are more than Conquerors
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?… No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:35,37, NIV)
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