Adversity (Part II)
So, as I left off with last month’s blog, Part II will address some specifics on how you can be victorious rather than a victim when it comes to dealing with adversity. As I stated in Part I, we’re in a battle. Therefore we must first see things from a different perspective; as a soldier. Granted you’re not fighting for the government or this country, but rather something far more important – – your own life!
Have a focus, plan, and strategy
One of the very first things you must do in order to have victory is to have a plan or strategy. Everyone in this world who has ever been in charge of anything, be it a project, a team, a department, an organization, city, county, state, etc. have had the understanding of the importance of having a plan. So even those in the world who may not believe in or serve God still understands the seriousness and utter importance of this matter. Yet God has also specifically identified this as a key point in His word on a few occasions Noah and the building of the Ark (Genesis 6:8-22); Moses and the Wilderness Temple (Exodus 25-31); and the building of Solomon’s Temple (I Chronicles 28:1-19). A fighter doesn’t go into a ring with excessive preparation at least physically and mentally. The combat commander won’t take their troops into battle without thoroughly assessing the situation (troops, objective, resources, terrain, weather, etc.) Your life should be absolutely no different. The problem is, that without a plan, you have actually developed a plan to fail.
Answers aren’t always simple. We often have to look at the problem from a different perspective
The human cognitive processes that takes place in general is absolutely astonishing. But take for example the matter of estimation such as driving a car. WOW! According to Cognifit, an organization that specializes cognitive testing, one of the most important neuropsychological functions we have as humans is that of estimation. The majority of our life’s activities depend on the ability for us to estimate things such speed, distance, and or time. It is through the mental process of estimation that enables us to predict an outcome as well as create responses to matters where a solution is not clearly present.
Look beyond the apparent; it’s not always as it seems
In Part I, I used the example of the bully. Sadly, they are the way they are because they are building themselves up at the expense of others. Look at the substance abuser or addict, they are the way they are because they initially started using and often times because they were trying to find a means to escape from something that is deeply bothering them. Likewise, look at the gang member and criminal. Sure with any of these you could presume that they’re doing it for the thrill or rush, as well as what they see as perks. To overcome our adversities we must quit merely focusing on the physical and adjust your focus on the mental and spiritual, because though you are confronted and see the physical issue, behind every physical issue there is a spiritual aspect.
So, now I’m going to tell you how to effectively overcome your adversity, whatever it may be. However, the one KEY element will be what YOU choose to do with what I give you. Remember, the defining aspect between the issue of Knowledge and Wisdom is APPLICATION! God says, “For wisdom is a defense as money is a defense, but the excellence of knowledge is that wisdom gives life to those who have it.” (Ecclesiastes 7:12, New King James Version, 1985). He [God] additionally encourages us, in that we are to, “Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter days. 21 There are many plans in a man’s heart, Nevertheless the Lord’s counsel—that will stand” (Proverbs 19:20-21, NKJV).
The GROUNDED approach
GROUNDED is an acronym that was given to me to help youth (or anyone else for that matter) over two decades ago. Here’s how it breaks down.
G – God
R – Respect
O – Observant
U – Understanding
N – New Experiences
D – Diligence
E – Education
D – Daily Effort
In a nutshell we must make God our true God and we need to understand His true character, so we can understand who we are as His creation and what He has made available to us through His Son, Jesus (Yeshua). We must then look at the matter of respect, in that do we first of all respect Him, followed by ourselves, and others. If we take the time to really look at the matter of respect, we’ll find that the lack of respect is by far the biggest catalyst for the societal ills we see today. Next is being observant, or in other words to REALLY look at the situation; the full picture. Again not limiting ourselves to only what is obvious in the physical. Understanding ties directly to being observant. Again, looking at and analyzing the full picture. The matter of New Experiences is to break the mold of habitual response. Ideally, what we should seek to attain is a new approach. Remember, the definition of insanity is to do the same thing repeatedly and yet expect a different result. Next we must be Diligent in what we do. Some synonyms for diligence are persistence, meticulousness, industrious, and stick-to-itiveness. It is a passion and drive. Next we have Education, which goes far beyond what you learn sitting at a desk in school. It is life’s lessons, but more so it is what is learned from God through His Teacher and Counselor, The Holy Spirit. And finally, we have the matter of Daily Effort. Much like that of diligence, but it is being life, rather than task focused.
We are called to be set apart
Now, be advised that what I have just shared will be scoffed at by the world. Why? Because we live in a fallen world that has been deceived by the fallen angel, Lucifer (Luke 10:18; John 8:44). Whose sole purpose is to play humans as pawns in his game against God (John 10:10; and I Peter 5:8). And as the Scriptures declare, “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!” (2 Timothy 3:1-5, NKJV). Yet, we have been called to be set apart, righteous unto God, being no longer conformed to this world but rather being transformed by the renewing of our minds having been washed in the Word of God and having been cleansed from the inside out, through Christ (I Peter 2:9; Romans 12:1-2; and Ephesians 5:26), which is why the world dislikes those who follow Jesus (John 15:18-21).
In conclusion, closing out the topic of Adversity, 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. In Jesus you ARE an OVERCOMER! Therefore, you can and will be victorious rather than a victim if YOU chose to follow Him. You can see more of what God has to say concerning the matter of Wisdom at https://www.thoughtco.com/bible-verses-about-wisdom-701361.
Be blessed, In Him.
Raymond “RD” Kidd
Founder and Executive Director,
New Hope Rising, Inc.
Estimation (n.d.). Estimation: Cognitive Skill – Motor – Perceptive Ability. Webpage Article. CogniFit. Retrieved from https://www.cognifit.com/science/cognitive-skills/estimation
The Holy Bible, New King James Version (1985). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, Inc.