December 5, 2017

My Take on Adversity

After tuning in this past week to Pastor Steven Furtick from Elevation church, one phrase was on repeat in my mind.

"The greater the assignment, the greater the adversity, the greater the assistance."

As you look around, beaten down and only being able to watch as your life falls to bits, there is something deep inside that is oddly satisfied. Because seeing all this crum falling down on you is when you finally realize that you are exactly where you should be. Because the enemy has taken notice, and is trying to everything in his power to keep you from becoming who you are created to become, and to keep you from doing what you were created to do. He is trying his best to keep us from our assignments.  As the rain pounds harder and the struggles more real, it is truly a blessing in disguise. Because if there is adversity, then there must be a reason Satan is trying so hard.

But he tricks us into thinking we aren't good enough. That we won't have the faith. That we won't have the courage. He reminds us of our mistakes and shows us over and over all the times we screwed up. He tries to stir up anger and makes us second guess our gifts. He uses very real parts of our past that prove he is right, as a disguise for his evil. He shows us what we did wrong and gets in our heads. But you know what? I have a message for the enemy. I don't care what you do to me, I will have faith in the Lord my God, and you had better watch out. For in the end, you will be under my feet and you will be annihilated by the one and only God. You had better watch your step, for the burdens you have placed on me have only taught me how to rely on my God, and you have ignited a passion that burns bright. I will laugh in your face as you attempt to take me down, and I will shout it loud from the rooftops of God's glory, and nothing you do to me can change my stance. Because God is bigger than you, and He is on my side.

When we face the junk the enemy throws at us, we can have total faith in God that he will provide for us, and he will protect us. And the beauty of adversity is the assistance God gives us. It is in the lowest of the low points where God chooses to step in and work his hand in our lives. It pushes us closer to God as we see him work miracles in our own lives, and none of that would be possible if it weren't for the intense battles that we fight. So as we tackle the assignments God has created each of us to do, know that there will be adversity when you are on the right path. But also rest assured that as you rely on God, he will provide for your needs and in those tough moments is when he can really show off his amazing power and love in ways you never new were possible.

I am ready to see what a little bit of faith and a whole lot of audacity can do.

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