Strength For Adversity

Proverbs 24:10 says, “If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.” Adversity comes in myriad ways. There is no sign that calls out a warning. “Adversity Ahead” doesn’t exist. Therefore we have to be prepared and ready before it comes. How do we do that? 

Ephesians 3:16 Amplified tells us how. It says, “May He grant you out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the (Holy) Spirit (Himself indwelling your innermost being and personality).” I love the word ‘reinforced’ because it makes me think of rebar.

Our relationship with the Lord is daily reinforced with His strength as we read His word, lean hard on His grace, and put on expectations on Him. He is our Rock Strength. I was reminded the other day of a book that I read called Hurricane. It took place in Hawaii. The natives would strap themselves to certain trees when the hurricanes came. They chose a tree that would bend with the winds and not break.

Are you bendable when the winds of adversity blow tempestuously against you? I learned something about the Sequoia Trees. Their roots do not go straight down, they go sideways. A grove of Sequoia Trees are linked by their roots. What a picture for the body of Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:14 says, “For in fact the body is not one member but many.”

Ephesians 3:13-14 says, “Till we all come to the unity of the faith of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting.”

O my! Does this resonate with your spirit in our day right now? We must link our roots together because a strong wind of adversity is blowing against our nation. The enemy is seeking to divide that he may conquer. If we judge others, we will become just like them. It is time. It is past time. We are being bombarded with the ‘doctrine of demons’ or man’s destructive ways.

Here is our wisdom to help discern the evil being forced upon us. James 15-16 says, This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.” Here is our wisdom to stand in this adversity. Verse 17-18 says, “But wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”

Our enemy is rampant. We must remember, as a member of the body of Christ, the words Paul wrote in Romans 12:18. It says, “If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.” I have Titus 3:2 on a card taped to my kitchen cabinet. It says, “To speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.” In all things, may we exemplify the Lord.

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