As mentioned in the Re-Launch, NHR’s blogs are set up in two categories; The Walk, which relates to Character and Pitfalls, which relate to Issues. This blog, though relevant to both of those categories will be considered a matter of character, for the purpose of archiving. This is the first of two on the subject.
Adversity is defined as experiencing a state or instance of serious or continued difficulty or misfortune (Merriam-Webster, n.d.). Think about those things in your life that you would consider a difficulty or misfortune. The difficulties can be something such as a subject in school, how to face or deal with a problem (e.g. peer pressure, a bully, internal conflict, etc.). A misfortune is identified as those really bad things that happen (e.g. a friend or family member is seriously hurt or killed, being removed from your family, house is destroyed by a fire, family loses income, etc.). You get the point and I’m sure many can identify things of a much worse nature; I know I can.
So, the question is, how do we deal with these things when they are all up in our face?! First, I will say that it is not easy. And honestly, though many will fail to identify it as such, it is a battle. Therefore, each of us must develop a battle plan or strategy. This is much like how soldiers prepare themselves for a mission, or how a coach prepares their team for an opponent. Why do I say that? Well, because though you see the physical issue, behind every physical issue there is a spiritual aspect. Let’s take for example the bully. You see them as just trying to do whatever they can to make your life a living nightmare, be it physically, psychologically, or both. What you’re not seeing is the what and who is behind them; what’s motivating them to do what they are doing to you.
Jesus said, in this life you WILL have troubles. Specifically, He said this to His disciples:
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33, New King James Version, 1985).
He also forewarned us that we have an adversary; one who roams about like a lion seeking who he may devour (I Peter 5:8). He [Satan] is also the one who has come as a thief, looking to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10).
However, though these are true statements, both Moses speaking of God (Deuteronomy 31:6), and the Apostle Paul speaking of Jesus (Hebrews 13:5), state that we are never left neither are we abandoned. Now we may not always feel that way. But faith is not feeling. Faith is established, and it only comes through hearing and receiving the inerrant word from God. Once you have secured faith in the fact that God and Jesus are who They have declared Themselves to be, and will do what they have promised to do, you will be grounded; set and established on a solid, immovable foundation!
Again, that is not to say we won’t have trouble, but instead of it troubling us, we should be turning it around to trouble the one who sent it. Realize that though there may be a person of flesh and blood just like you, who is being used as a tool to come against you, they are not the real problem. We need to not only see it for what it is, we must be diligent to fight it. Often, we lose battles because we either don’t understand these things, having never been taught, or we become apathetic believing things will just pass. Sorry, but they don’t. If they do, it is often temporary. Always look for the counter-attack.
In closing this month’s blog, I leave you with this. The times we live in today are not friendly to anyone. If you try to fight the battles in this world purely based what you have learned in the flesh (here on earth) you will continually be attacked and often defeated. God has a better way. And though it may not make sense, He knows how to get things done. February’s blog will be Adversity (Part II). There I will give specifics on how you can be victorious rather than a victim.
Be blessed, In Him.
Raymond “RD” Kidd
Founder and Executive Director,
New Hope Rising, Inc.
Adversity definition (n.d.). Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Retrieved from https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adversity
The Holy Bible, New King James Version (1985). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, Inc.