Lesson Time: 10 Minutes
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Foundational Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:18
1 Corinthians 1:18
The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God.
What is adversity?
Adversity is something working against you! Adversity is nothing more than a hurdle that we have to climb with more effort.
What are other names for adversity?
Loss, accidents, afflictions, persecution, suffering, trouble, calamities, death, difficulties, hard times, failures, and disappointments just to name a few.
Adversity comes unexpectedly, and sometimes after repeated warnings. Adversity can be temporary or permanent, life-threatening or life taking. Adversity as you will discover can come from God as well as Satan. When adversity comes from God it’s either for punishment of sin or as a means to test and strengthen your character. But mainly adversity comes from Satan and God allows it. Adversity also comes upon us because of our doing foolish and ignorant things. Understand one thing today, and that is adversity will come to the believer.
But the question is what will you do about it? And how will you triumph over adversity? Now, let’s look at how you can live a supernatural life through adversity, and triumph over it.
33 For he does not enjoy hurting people or causing them sorrow. 34 If people crush underfoot all the prisoners of the land, 35 if they deprive others of their rights in defiance of the Most High, 36 if they twist justice in the courts—doesn’t the Lord see all these things? 37 Who can command things to happen without the Lord’s permission? 38 Does not the Most High send both calamity and good? 39 Then why should we, mere humans, complain when we are punished for our sins? 40 Instead, let us test and examine our ways. Let us turn back to the Lord. 41 Let us life our hearts and hands to God in heaven and say, 42 ”We have sinned and rebelled, and you have not forgiven us.
(Focus Point): We see in verse 33 that God does send adversity to the believer for committing sin. In order to prevent this adversity from God, you must examine your ways. Are you not living a Christ-like life?
Adversity Tests Our Faith
2 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.