We are all on a journey of growth. Our growth 

entails roles, chapters, and journeys.
God always has a next step for us to grow... 

because He loves us. 

Trials and tribulations are inevitable.

James did not say...

 “If we encounter problems consider it joy,” 


When we encounter problems 

consider it joy."

May we respond to adversity with Joy.

God's ultimate purpose for us... is for us to grow 

more and more into the image of His Son.

Romans 8:29

Life is full of adversity.

Difficulties and struggles are facts of life.

Adversity, for the most part, gets our attention.

Regardless of the circumstances we 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.

We can realize peace and joy knowing that...

Romans 8:28

God can turn our entire world around...

even in the midst of it all.

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! 

There is a purpose, indeed, for the problems 

we are encountering. 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.

God is exceedingly ingenious in the way He orchestrates 

things in order to cause all things to work together for our

spiritual maturity.

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.

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.

Trust, God allows some things to happen. God has a

 purpose for every trial that comes into our lives. Nothing 

in God's universe happens by chance or accident, or 

without God’s approval or purpose. 

It’s virtually impossible to get through life without having 

to wrestle with pain, difficulties, inconveniences, rough 

spots, and hardships.

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

As those grueling, out of control, challenges come into 

our lives, we may find ourselves baffled and totally unable 

to understand why these things are happening. The enemy 

is very begrudging and malicious and is notorious for 

using adverse situations and conditions to attack and 

assault our faith and conviction. He is always looking 

for someone to devour. He desires to make the believer's 

life miserable. He wants to rob us of our faith, joy, 

productivity, and peace of mind.

Satan doesn't want to see any of us walking in our 

calling or seeking, praising or worshipping God, period.

He slithers on the fast track of the mind in an effort to cast

 all kinds of doubts and questions about God's grace and

 our faith. He will even try to convince the believer that 

they are not a believer at all.

The devil is a liar! His goal is to destroy our lives. He 

wants to get us sidetracked, hurt, doubtful, weakened, 

deceived, distraught, discouraged and angry. He wants 

believers to miss all that God has planned for us... He

 is evil! 

The Scriptures warns us to stay alert,

awake and watchful.

God is perfectly able to carry out anything whatsoever to a 

bountiful culmination without the possibility of 

imperfection or failure. All of creation is under God's 

control, and anything under God's control... is ever out

 of reach or control.

Adversity is a call to re-evaluate our priorities, 

motivate us to have a closer walk with God, help

 us to grow to be more like Jesus, and less like 

our carnal-selves, in our daily lives.

We all carry around emotional baggage of some kind; 

baggage that can bring with it uneasiness, nervousness, 

fear, discomfort, hurt, guilt, regret, remorse, shame, 

disgust, self-doubt, anxiety, unpredictability, fragility, 

instability, insecurity, and the dreadful butterflies in 

the stomach. 

People can grow after a crisis. Many have proven 

themselves to be more powerful than the opposing 

forces. They managed to get to the other side of 

adversity. More likely than not, they discovered 

part of themselves, as well as new paths and 

purposes in life they did not know existed.

Highly challenging life crises can help us grow, 

develop wisdom, find resilience, inner strength, 

transform us in profoundly, fundamentally 

positive ways, and help us lead deeper and more 

meaningful lives.

In the face of hardship, some people may be 

vulnerable; yet mentally, physically, and 

spiritually stronger. Rather than bury themselves 

in guilt and fear they manage to grow through 

their suffering and find deeper and more 

meaningful lives. 

Adversity is the catalyst for self-discovery and new 

growth. 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.

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.

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 social scale 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…

there is nothing 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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