5 Things to do when confronting Your Season of Adversity

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    Times of adversity can feel like a desert: intense heat during the day, followed by freezing nights. It takes courage and endurance to walk across a desert. There are no maps and no obvious paths to follow.

    We can feel lost, lonely and very scared. We don’t know whether we will be able to make it to the other side and to better and happier times.But we all have to confront the deserts of life, at some time or another.

    Moreover, we must survive the sandstorms of poor emotional and physical health. We must stop from walking toward unholy promises and we must find shelter, after being out in the heat of making hard and difficult choices in life.

    1. Search for, and understand, God’s love for us

    We must search for God’s love for us, which is the cool, forgiving and restful promise of His Grace. It is only then that our journey through the desert will be accomplished. Forget the former things. Do not dwell on the past.

    Isaiah 43:19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.

    The LORD watches over those who fear him, those who rely on his unfailing love. He alone is our shield, our protector.

    • Psalm 33:18, 20 “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.”
    • Jeremiah 31:1 Many sorrows come to the wicked, but unfailing love surrounds those who trust the LORD. So rejoice in the LORD and be glad, all you who obey him! Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure!
    • John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only-begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
    • John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

    We all endure blinding sandstorms of life:

    • broken relationships
    • bad choices and
    • lost opportunity

    However, God’s love and grace gives us the strength to overcome all adversity and be triumphant.

    But don’t be fretful

    In times of adversity, don’t be fretful, but rather, exercise patience. Don’t worry about where you are going or how and when you will get there. Jesus not only died for you, he died to light your way. Jesus Christ Himself will light your pathway. Allow him to lead and guide your ways.

    It is very difficult to be patient in times of trouble. But Romans 8:28 reminds us that:
    “We know that all things work together for good, for those who love God, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

    Romans 5:2-4 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation develops patience. And patience, experience; and experience, hope.

    Isaiah 41:10 I will strengthen you and help you, I will uphold you with my righteous hand.

    Be Still in Adversity

    In these difficult times, we must be still. Lie close under God’s wing and wait on His timing, because He is using the storms of our life to make us stronger.

    Thank you, Lord, that You inhabit the praises of Your people. With every challenge I am facing at this time, help me to be still and know that You are my God and You are in total control. Strengthen me, Father, that I may be able to accomplish the tasks ahead as You cover me with Your wings.

    Psalms 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!

    It’s time for Growth and Maturity

    Please know, He gives us trials for a reason, He is not trying to hurt us. He is giving us challenges in our lives so we will grow and mature in His Ways and He gave us the Holy Spirit to live within us as our Guide so we are never alone.

    This does not mean life will be bright and happy and things will change overnight. But our Heavenly Father gives us a capacity to deal with such times.

    Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

    Please know, the season you are in will pass and God will make something good of your experience. Try to take one day at a time and ask God for grace enough just for that day.

    Spend time alone with God and praise Him. We overcome the spirit of heaviness through praise. Stretch out your arms in praise to the Lord.

    Spend time in Prayer

    The Bible advises us to pray without ceasing. What do you do in a time of crisis? Turn to others, depend on your own efforts? Remember: Prayer changes things and people.

    James 5:16 “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man helps much”

    Dear Lord God, I ask that You will give Grace needed to us at this hour. Grant peace in the mist of the storms I’m facing and turn my valley of troubles into a door of hope in this life. In the gentle name of Jesus I pray. Amen.

    Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.

    Confronting Your Season of Adversity

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    1. My dear Father in Heaven,
      I thank You Father,for always being with me,and working for my good.
      Thank You Father,for give me the strength to overcome every situation in my life.
      Father,I give it all to You,my situation.May You give me a wayout and bring me close to You,Amen
      I put all my confidence into Your gracious hands.
      I will rest confidence into Your love.
      Today,I stand firm on God’s Word,because it is truth,a weapon of warfare,and ir is my sword.
      I am belong to You,Father,
      And You are mine,Amen.
      Thank You Lord,for show me the way and guiding me to walk in Your way and in You truth.
      In Jesus mighty name I pray.
      Amen and Amen.

    2. I give it all to you Lord, I can do nothing without you.
      Ease my weary mind, Only the peace and Grace that you can give me I will follow
      Lead me guide me
      Lord Jesus
      For I have put my faith in you
      Thy will be done
      Amen & Amen

    3. Thank you so much for reminding me that God is always present even when we walk through the desert. His faithfulness will always carry us no matter the severity of the storms in the desert.
      I magnify the name of the Lord God because He is forever enthroned and faithful to our lives.
      Thank you so much and God bless you.

    4. I thank you my Jesus my God for all you do for each and everyone us! Amazeing doesn’t even come close to what you are! We love you so much! You are always there no matter what! Thank you for all the answered and unanswered prayers!I pray that each and every soul will know you and be on fire for you!!thank you so much God for giving all us your Holy Spirit!We are truly nothing without you! Psalm119:105 YOUR WORD IS A LAMP TO MY FEET AND A LIGHT TO MY PATH. In your Holy name we praise you! Love you always and forever Amen Amen

    5. I praise You my dear Heavenly Father.I bless Your Holy name and give You glory.
      I love You and I trust You with all my heart.
      Dear God,I give thanks to give me strength to throughout my trying times,and grant me peace in the mist of the storms.
      I know that for You are Our Lord,always help us,strengthen us,and will uphold us with Your righteous hands.
      Thank you Lord,for Your unfailing love for us all. And thank you so much for this amazing ptayer.
      In Jesus mighty name I pray.
      Amen and Amen..

    6. Yes Lord it is Good that one should wait quietly for the Salvation of the Lord. Please give me Peace a midst the storm.
      Amen & Amen

    7. Amen, me too I want to give myself to God. I want to love Him more than anything in my life. After everything I’ve been through I need to rest in His presence. Please pray for me to be in God,so that God can be in me.

      1. Dear Glenda…. Please never give up on Prayer because prayer is STRONG and it WORKS for I have seen it. Please talk to the Lord each day, tell Him what you need…. Ask it….Believe in it and give Praise to Him for it and watch what your Heavenly Father will do in your life for you. It will be in His time and not yours but God is never late, He is always on time….He is there with you now, He will never Abandon you or Forsake you for He is the One that loves you the most. …God Bless. Yvonne Miller