Take control of Adversity

Take control of Adversity

(In my experience many Christians allow adversity to take control of them.)


The good news is: “We are not as frail, weak, incapable, or defeated as the devil will make us believe.”


By Pastor George Lehman


You can relax, sit back listen and allow God to speak.


Romans 8:18 (Amp) – [But what of that?]  For I consider that the sufferings of this present time (this present life) are not worth being compared with the glory that is about to be revealed to us and in us and for us and conferred on us!


We are empowered by God to face more than what we think we can.

We have no right to ask when adversity or sorrow comes – “Why did this happen to me?” ……unless we ask the same question for every moment of happiness, provision and blessing and wonderful breakthroughs that comes our way.

We must be thankful and joyful in all circumstances.


“Extraordinary people survive under the most terrible circumstances and then become more extraordinary because of it.” 

Robertson Davies


The truth is the pain of adversity never leaves us the same.

It’s either better or bitter; encouraged or discouraged; rejoicing or complaining; joyful or miserable.


Adversity:  Is a difficult or unpleasant situation, misfortune, trouble, hardship, distress, disaster, suffering, sorrow, misery, heartbreak, torment, pain.

[Adversity – teenspoed, agteruitgang, beproewing, daling.]


Notice – all these words describe something that wants you to slow down, drop out, give up and become discouraged.

Take control of adversity

By this explanation we can see that adversity forms a part of our everyday life.

If the road is easy, you’re likely going the wrong way.

Sometimes things need to go wrong in order to go right.

You know it’s the ones who have endured adversity, the hardships and difficulties in their lives and who overcome them… they are the ones who we admire – the history makers the legacy leavers.

There is No statue erected for people who give up.

The lion has scares on him from every fight.  The wound is healed, and the scar is there but he remains the overcomer and victorious.

If our testimonies are strong on this point and if we feel the absolute assurance that God loves us, we will change our questions…

We won’t ask, “Why did this happen?” or “Why doesn’t God care about me?”

Instead, our questions will become “What can I learn from this experience” (teachable spirit) or “How does the Lord want me to handle this”.

That is a TAKE CONTROL life!!

We don’t choose adversity – but we choose our response to it.

The sooner we realise that we don’t go through adversity for the sake of adversity, you’ll discover you go through adversity for the sake of promotion.

There is something about facing life’s adversities that enlarge our capacity.

These are both external and internal.

Internally we change and increase in our ability to grow stronger, to have fuel for future battles.

That’s why the bible is a book of overcoming adversities – the “How to” manual.

Joseph, Moses, Samson, David, Paul and the recorded many in Hebrews 11.


Hebrews 12:1 (Amp) – Therefore then, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us,


It’s these biblical principles and characters that fuels my journey to Run well so I can Finish strong. – To take control of adversity

We become like Joshua & Caleb.  We get this great, internal strength and look at our giants courageously.


Numbers 13:30-33 (Amp) – Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once and possess it; we are well able to conquer it.  31 But his fellow scouts said, We are not able to go up against the people [of Canaan], for they are stronger than we are.  32 So they brought the Israelites an evil report of the land which they had scouted out, saying, The land through which we went to spy it out is a land that devours its inhabitants. And all the people that we saw in it are men of great stature.  33 There we saw the Nephilim [or giants], the sons of Anak, who come from the giants; and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.


Numbers 14:9-11 (Amp) – Only do not rebel against the Lord, neither fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us. Their defense and the shadow [of protection] is removed from over them, but the Lord is with us. Fear them not.  10 But all the congregation said to stone [Joshua and Caleb] with stones. But the glory of the Lord appeared at the Tent of Meeting before all the Israelites.  11 And the Lord said to Moses, How long will this people provoke (spurn, despise) Me? And how long will it be before they believe Me [trusting in, relying on, clinging to Me], for all the signs which I have performed among them?


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#1 Adversity introduces us to ourselves.

Adversity always gets our attention – we can’t ignore it.

It stops us to take stock of our situation.  Adversity is an opportunity for self-discovery.


Every adversity carries with it the seed of equal or greater benefit.  Napolean Hill


1 Peter 5:10 (ESV) –  And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.


Experience is a hard teacher because it gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.   – Chinese proverb


Self discovery lessons learned:

When you’ve gotten off the track and seemingly lost – you’ll learn that the road to victory and success is not always a road.
When you’ve been exhausted and frustrated – you’ll learn that trying times are not the time to stop trying.
When you’re discouraged with your progress and growth – you’ll learn not to let what you were doing get to you before you get to it.
When you’ve failed – you will learn that you will not be judged by the number of times you have failed but by the number of times you got up and succeeded.


#2  Adversity brings pain but it brings great profit if we expect it.

The movie “Black Hawk Down” – in a vehicle full of wounded soldiers, standing in the middle of the road with Somali bullets flying in every direction, the officer in charge tells a soldier to get in and drive.

The soldier says, “I can’t, I’m shot”.  “We’re all shot” responds the officer.  “Get in and drive”.

In life we should all expect adversity – it’s part of life.

The question is – are you going to let it stop you from becoming what God has planned for your life?


Acts 14:22 (Amp) – Establishing and strengthening the souls and the hearts of the disciples, urging and warning and encouraging them to stand firm in the faith, and [telling them] that it is through many hardships and tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.


Sometimes we find our destiny, our calling and our true worth on the road we most seek to avoid.


Job 23:10 (Amp) –  But He knows the way that I take [He has concern for it, appreciates, and pays attention to it]. When He has tried me, I shall come forth as refined gold [pure and luminous].


I look for God everywhere, but I cannot see him – Job 23:8-9.


You never win Gold without hurting.  – Bob Richards

Nobody ever says, “go for silver”.  NO!!  They always say, “Go for gold”.

This is greater than gold we should hunger for, seek for, go after, desire – because it will ultimately determine the way you Take control of Adversity


Psalm 19:9-11 (Amp) – The [reverent] fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.  10 More to be desired are they than gold, even than much fine gold; they are sweeter also than honey and drippings from the honeycomb.  11 Moreover, by them is Your servant warned (reminded, illuminated, and instructed); and in keeping them there is great reward.


What kind of story will adversity write in your life?

Is it encouraging?

Is it uplifting? Is it positive?