OVERCOMING ADVERSITY Pt 4
“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” (2 Cor 4:8,9)
These are the words of the Apostle Paul. Life can get pretty tough at times!
The word ADVERSITY comes from the Latin root word ‘adversus’, and means … “turned against,” or, “hostile and unfavourable.” When things seem to be against you, difficult or troublesome circumstances.
We will all experience adversity at some point in our life, it is then that we will need to know how to rise above it, to grow and become stronger, but if we succumb to the pressures of life, we will lose, yet God has created us to ultimately win and overcome.
The next principle God gives us in His word to overcome adversity is:
4. NEVER GIVE UP! Keep putting one step in front of the other consistently to make progress.
Every day, choose to take the next step in obedience to all God has required of us.
What is the next step the Holy Spirit is leading you to take?
⁃ Is it to simply hold fast to a promise God has given you?
⁃ Is it reaching out to an old friend or lost acquaintance?
⁃ Do you need to forgive, let go, or move forward in some area of your life?
⁃ Sometimes we need to ask God to forgive and cleanse us from unbelief, fear or some other insidious hidden sin.
The way to move forward and overcome is to simply NOT EVER GIVE UP!
Don’t be tempted to become discouraged or frustrated when your progress seems slower than you’d like it be. Instead, remind yourself that God works on an eternal timetable, He May take His time … but He’s never late!
Pray today for the strength you need to be patient and persevere. Ask God to help you avoid becoming distracted, and choose to be encouraged whenever you feel like quitting so you can carry on.
Consistent, faithful steps will eventually lead to victory, every step you take WILL result in BLESSING, fresh hope and victory.
James 1:12 “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love Him”
James 1:2-4 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”