Facing Adversity In The Christian Life.

      When you’re living for Jesus you don’t face any adversity do you? That’s a ridiculous statement isn’t it? of course you face adversity when you’re living for Christ!
      But when I started out in the ministry I didn’t know that. I thought if you were working for Jesus He would just make things go well. You wouldn’t have problems. Everyone would like you. But I learn quickly that’s not the case.
      When you are serving Christ you will face adversity. But you’re not the only one who has. In Hebrews 11, the Bible talks about various people who had served Christ. The Bible says, “…But others were tortured, refusing to turn from God in order to be set free. They placed their hope in a better life after the resurrection. 36 Some were jeered at, and their backs were cut open with whips. Others were chained in prisons. Some died by stoning, some were sawed in half,and others were killed with the sword. Some went about wearing skins of sheep and goats, destitute and oppressed and mistreated. They were too good for this world, wandering over deserts and mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground” (Heb. 11:35-37).
      Maybe you are facing adversity. Maybe you are going through some tough times at your church. Maybe you have proposed something new and you are facing some opposition. Just because you’re facing opposition does not mean you are doing the wrong thing. Adversity is part of the Christian life.
      Several years ago I was facing some adversity as a Pastor. I called a Pastor-mentor of mine to get some encouragement. He reminded me that Paul faced adversity. Then he reminded me of other people in the Bible who faced adversity. His point was, you’re going to face adversity as a Christian minister; don’t let it get you down.
      You may be going through some tough times and you’re about ready to throw in the towel. Don’t do it. Others have faced adversity and the Lord was with them. He will be with you as well if you’re following His will in your life.

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