Adversity, What Do The Scriptures Teach Us? (Part 2)

Posted on May 22, 2024

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Adversity, What Do The Scriptures Teach Us? (Part 2)

Whether as in the case of Job or the Lord’s that were permitted by God, or in the case of David who against all counsel numbered Israel disobeying the word of God, or Jonah who was running away from God’s will for him, the reaction to consequential adversity is not to be withdrawn or become passive!

First, there should be no panic—Be still, and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10) rather be sensitive to respond to the voice of His Spirit in you (John 16:13); calmly analyse the situation and seek guidance on your next steps; trusting God to move.

To become withdrawn is to give Satan room to pile up pressure on you because he loves the fearful types. Fight back in prayers to:

  1. Resist him after having repented and obtained God’s forgiveness if you brought the adversity on yourself by disobedience, and if the adversity is by God’s permission “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7); remember the admonition of the wise man in Proverbs 24:10—If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small. Note that there is a direct correlation between your strength and the joy of the Lord. The first defence is make sure adversity doesn’t rip the joy out of your heart, i.e. get your trust in the Lord to wane!
  2. Take hold of your weapon of prayers, “for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds (2 Cor. 10:4). Get intercessors in your life to pray with you (Matt. 18:19) those whose lives please God.
  3. Remember that you war with the word and that “our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” (2 Cor. 4:17) and to “take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17). 


Pastor Afolabi Oladele

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