Bible Study on Overcoming Adversity
Everyone face adversity in their lives. In 2 Corinthians 12:7, Paul states that he was given a thorn in his flesh to prevent him from feeling conceited. He pleaded God to remove the thorn of his flesh away but God replied his grace is sufficient for him because his power is made perfect in weakness. There is a reason that God put adversity in your life. It may be that God want you to repent from a sin. Adversity can make a person feel sorrow about his sin and return to God. The lack of sorrow over your sin will result in spiritual death.
It may be that God is using adversity to build up your faith in God. We are to trust in God and rely on him at all times. We should not be wise in our own eyes but always acknowledge God’s guidance. Often, we are more likely to pray when we face difficulties. Praying regularly is important for building up your faith in God.
Trials can test whether your faith in God is genuine. During trial, your faith you be tested like how God is purified in fire. Your faith in God must remain strong no matter how many trials you go through. It will bring glory to God if you face your trials by relying on God. It shows whether your love for God is genuine. We are to love our God whom we have never seen before. Although we have never seen God before, we are to trust in him in all our ways. When you rely on God in all your trials, you will inherit eternal life and be rewarded in heaven. After you have come out of your difficult situation victoriously, you will have a good testimony to share with others and build up their faith.
God wants us to cast all our worries and burdens on him. The foundation of your relationship with God is your faith and obedience to him. We should not complain about our problems and keep on saying negative things as it is a bad testimony to others. Saying negative things will open doorways for the devil to attack you. The devil will be glorified when seeing you saying negative things and doubting in God. You must pray patiently and persistently as you persevere throughout the trial.
Romans 5:3-5 states that sufferings will produce perseverance. Perseverance will produce godly character. When you have develop a godly character, you will have hope of salvation. We are to be thankful to God in all circumstances.
Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. (2 Corinthians 1:4 KJV)
Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all. (Psalm 34:19 KJV)
Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. (1 Peter 4:12-13 KJV)
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. (Revelation 21:4 KJV)
Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded. (2 Chronicles 15:7 KJV)
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. (James 1:2-4 KJV)
Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. (James 1:9 KJV)
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28 KJV)
So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:4-6 KJV)
But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. (1 Peter 5:10 KJV)
If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small. (Proverbs 24:10 KJV)
I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Philippians 4:12-13 KJV)
We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed (2 Corinthians 4:8-9 KJV)
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Romans 12:1-2 KJV)
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. (Romans 5:3-5 KJV)
And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. (2 Corinthians 12:7-10 KJV)