By Jennifer McAlister
We live in a world where people’s problems become their identities. Don’t let that be said of you.
Overcoming adversity is something we all have to face but when we understand that adversity is preparation for greatness, we don’t have to fear our circumstances. When trouble comes, and it will in this broken world, it’s only then that we realize our weakness and need for God’s strength.
The key to overcoming adversity is to not shrink back but to persevere in the strength that God will provide. Persevering isn’t easy but the rewards are great. It involves both intense personal effort and dependence on the empowering work of God through us (Colossians 1:29). As we persevere and walk by faith, trusting that God is for us and with us, our character is changed for the better and we get to see firsthand that He is greater than any problem we will ever face.
It’s been said that faith that hasn’t been tested can’t be trusted. Your faith grows as you persevere and press on. We become useful tools on the other side of adversity that our Heavenly Father can now use for His glory.
So where do you start when your fear feels stronger than your faith? Philippians 4:6-7 gives us our action steps:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Speak to Him, thank Him for all He has done for you, let Him know your needs, your fears, your desires. As you spend time in His presence, focusing on Him, your problems will shrink as your faith in Him grows. He will give you His peace which surpasses understanding and will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus.
So the choice is yours.
Will you focus on Him or on your problem? Will you give up or persevere? We live in a world where people’s problems become their identities. Don’t let that be said of you. You are more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus and no weapon formed against you will prosper. You are an overcomer through Him who loves you. Press on, valiant warrior, press on!
To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me. – Colossians 1:29
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope.5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. – Romans 5: 3-4
But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved. – Hebrews 10:39
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. – Romans 8:37
No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the LORD. – Isaiah 54:17
The angel of the LORD appeared to him and said to him, “The LORD is with you, O valiant warrior.” – Judges 6:12
“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you. – Hebrews 13:5