God is exceedingly ingenious in the way He orchestrates 


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


spiritual maturity.


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 warn us to stay alert, awake and watchful.


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. 


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 under God's control... nothing is ever out of 


reach or control.

It’s virtually impossible to get through life without having 


to wrestle with pain, difficulties, inconveniences, rough 


spots, and hardships.


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.


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.

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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