Adversity- adverse or unfavorable fortune or fate; a condition marked by misfortune, calamity, or distress: opposing winds in a contrary direction in one’s interest or desire; an unfortunate event or circumstance.
Say this confession of faith daily:
“With each challenge I face, I grow and learn from it. I AM able to overcome adversity and as a result I become a stronger person. My strength does not come from the adversity, it comes from how I handle it! I AM more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus who strengthens me! Therefore, I walk in authority and power and I have VICTORY in times of ADVERSITY!”
There are two kinds of people in life. There are winners and losers. A loser only loses because they quit. A winner only wins because they don’t quit. One of the first things you have to make up in your resolve is that there is no weapon, or any adverse situation that will stop the promises of God in your life. God said your enemies will be my enemies if you’re in my divine will. And if God be for us, who could ever be against us? The pressures in this spiritual warfare with the enemy will intensify, and it may feel as though you are not going to make it through a situation. When you feel this way remind yourself that you are doing just that, going THROUGH it! The enemy always comes after us because he wants to discourage us in the area of our relationship and fellowship with God; he will never have that access again. Above I have given you the meaning of adversity. It’s something that constantly works against you. It’s like the old saying, “you move one step forward and get knocked back two”. Do me a favor, whenever you hear a voice in your head telling you to quit, stop, give in, or to throw in the towel, cast down that spirit of adversity! The enemy comes to be a contradiction in your life to the promises of God, and that is why the bible calls him the adversary.
1st Peter says to be self-controlled,”8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings”. As said in 1 Peter, the adversary knows you have an assignment, and it is his assignment to stop you from fulfilling yours! Being self-controlled means to be disciplined, focused, and steadfast. I really love the word disciplined. This is such an important thing to obtain because when we’re disciplined by the Word of God, we already know we have the victory when the adversary comes! So I am teaching you through the word of God how to be able to withstand any attack of the enemy and to give you knowledge and understanding to his tactics. He never changes his way of attack. Once we understand that, it becomes easier for us to stand against his tricks because they are only tricks.
Do you remember that ‘Trix cereal’ commercial with the rabbit and children? That’s exactly what you have to say to the devil when he comes with trying situations. Remind him and yourself, silly little rabbit, trix are for kids! I am a son of God, and being a son of God is different from being a child of God. When I am a child I still do childish things. But when I become a son, I take on the full measure and stature of my Father. I have grown into the image and now I have the character to deflect the opposition that comes up against me that’s contrary to my Father’s promise. Say to yourself, “I am a Son of God, and what is coming up against me isn’t going to stop the promises of God”! Believe this! Believe that since it can’t stop the promises of God, there is no need for me to turn my back to the wind that is trying to blow me in the opposite direction of God’s plan. I am going to keep going against the wind that is trying to stop me!
My friend, it will form, you will see it, you will feel it, you will taste it, you will hear it…but it cannot stop you.
-Bishop Clarence Langston
2nd Corinthians 2:14