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Becoming an overcomer to Adversity

It's common, an everyday thing actually, to experience adversity. Many people deal with financial difficulty, rebellious children, poor or declined health, relationship problems, etc. It's certain that each of us deal with adversity one way or another. Some people take it too seriously, some handle their circumstances with prayer. Some people become bitter or resentful to the Lord because of adversity, because they don't understand why GOD allows suffering.

People can be so bitter toward the Lord about this that they can forfeit the calling of GOD on their life. But, we should, as Christians, have an attitude that difficulties in life can strengthen us, especially when we depend fully on the power of the Holy Spirit.

Now, no one wants to experience tough times, of course. However, when the difficulties come our way, we have the choice on how we view them. If we view it as a burden, then it'll depress us. But, if we view it as a bridge to a deeper relationship with GOD, we can rise above difficulties and develop a more intimate connection to GOD!

Psalm 103:19 says, "The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all." So, we should realize that GOD is in control over everything. In Romans 8:28, it says, "We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."

Paul's life example
Paul was one of the best examples of how a person used adversity as a bridge for a deeper connection with GOD. With GOD's revelations toward him, sometimes through suffering, Paul wrote the majority of the New Testament. Paul's closeness to GOD came as a result of hardship and even loss. Paul wrote in Philippians 3:8-10, "Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death."

He learned the following through suffering/adversity:

Encouragement for you

Realize at this moment that GOD is not mad at you and does not want you hurt. But, we have to face suffering and other issues upon our life as a result of human error, which was done in the Garden of Eden - when Man betrayed and disobeyed GOD and sinned (Genesis 2:4-3:24). GOD wants you to be calm and to use what adversity comes in your life as a bridge to a better, deeper relationship with GOD. GOD does not place adversity upon your life, but He does allow it to continue so it can strengthen you. He only wants what is best for you, so that the next time the adversity comes, you will have thicker skin able to block any attacks from the enemy.

Scripture:
2 Corinthians 12:7-10
Psalm 37:4
Psalm 103:19
Romans 8:28
1 Corinthians 10:13
2 Corinthians 1:3-8
2 Corinthians 11:28
Philippians 1:13-15
Philippians 3:8-10
Philippians 4:4-19