Adversity, trials, tribulations, and suffering


can shape us better than anything else.



Strength of character is shaped through trials. 


It is like a good fertilizer for the mind, body, and soul.


It can stimulate tremendous growth


and bring out the very best in us.

It’s virtually impossible to get through life


without having to wrestle with pain,


difficulties, inconveniences, rough spots, and hardships.

God has a purpose for every trial 


that comes into our lives. 


Nothing happens to us without God’s 


approval or purpose.


When we are faced with a crisis, trust...


there is nothing God can NOT do. 


God will help us, heal us, protect us,


and uphold us...


bringing us through whatever the trial may be.


Troubles point out our weaknesses 


and prompts us to rely on God.

Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, 


in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses 


for Christ’s sake


for when I am weak, then am I strong”


(II Corinthians 12:7–10).

Adversity is a call to re-evaluate our priorities, 


adversities motivate us to have a closer walk with God, 


and they help us to grow to be more like Jesus, 


and less like our carnal-selves, 


in our daily lives.

Life is full of adversity.


Difficulty and struggle are facts of life.



Adversity gets our attention.

People who have proven themselves to be more powerful 


than the opposing forces and have managed to get to the 


other side of adversity, more likely than not, discovered a 


part of themselves they did not know existed.


Trials and tribulations are inevitable.

James did not say...


 “If we encounter problems consider it joy,” 


but... 


When we encounter problems


 consider it joy.”

Regardless of the circumstances you are facing... 


God can make all things work to our good 


and to our benefit.

When we can see God's hand

 

in our trials and tribulations... 


we can become empowered by crisis

 

rather than impaled by them.


We can become victorious rather than victims...


knowing that...

The problems we are encountering, have a purpose. 


We are not going through the desert


 or wilderness in vain. 


It is during those barren desert 


and wilderness experiences...


God is at work doing something in us...


with us... and for us.

Trials are life lessons.


We all fail, from time to time, but how do we react 


when difficulty and failure comes?



Do we become discouraged,


or do we pick ourselves up and try again?


 Trying is the most important feature of growth.


When we fail... 


all we should take with us is the experience 


and knowledge of what happened...


learn from it... 


and then move on.

Adversity is the catalyst for self-discovery 


and new growth.

God's strength and power are greater


 than anything we might see as an obstacle,


barrier, gridlock, impediment, interference, 


or hindrance to the fulfillment 


of our needs or desires! 

With every setback...


it may just be a diversion that leads us on the path


 that we need to be on.

God can turn our entire world around...


even in the midst of it all.

May we respond


 to adversity


with Joy.

God's ultimate purpose for us is to grow 
more and more into the image of His Son.
Romans 8:29
  

Adversity is designed to strengthen our faith.

Every step in life prepares us for the next one.

We may not realize it, 

but where we are now is providing us with 

vital life lessons for our next adventure.

God's purpose for us

 is that we grow and experience 

the life He intends for us.

May we continue to grow in His grace.

We may not be where we want to be

 in life... just yet. 

So instead of becoming

 a slave to discomfort or bitterness... 

let us try blooming

 where we have been planted.

How we weather the storms of life 

shows what we have built our lives on.

Matthew 18:16

The rains, the winds, and the floods will come…


and there is no hierarchy of more godly


 and less godly.


In other words...


no one escapes the storms in life.



Through life's storms we can learn that…


in our own strength, we lack sufficient resources


 and abilities to meet these challenges.



But with God...


no matter what our trial or test may be...


no matter how severe or destructive the storm…


it can never be big enough


to prevent God from accomplishing His will.



One of the most valuable results of adversity


 is that through it we receive God’s comfort, 


which we are then able to share with others 


who face similar troubles.

God tests us to bring out the best in us.

May we seek to understand


 the lessons God wants us to learn.

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