Alex Enabnit – Programming Coordinator
Continuing onto the third week of our Plan B series, Cal spoke into a subject that many of us might not be comfortable with: how adversity is actually beneficial.
Looking at the story of Naaman in 2 Kings 5, Cal explained how God allowed Naaman to be afflicted with a health issue, and although Naaman wasn’t even an Israelite, God used that issue to point Naaman to Him. If it weren’t for Naaman’s problem, he would have never known God!
From this, Cal walked us through four lessons we can learn from adversity:
- There is no shortage of it
- Adversity is usually a blessing in disguise
- Adversity is one of God’s best tools to shape lives
- Adversity motivates you to do something different
Adversity first reveals, then defines your character. What is the adversity in your life revealing right now?
Verses and quotes from the message:
John 16:33; Acts 14:22; James 1:2-4; Mark 10:27; Luke 18:27; 2 Kings 5:1-17; 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
“The process of becoming the person God wants us to become usually doesn’t come from success, success, success. It’s loss, success, failure, success, heartbreak, success, disappointment, success.” Erwin McManus
“I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.” Abraham Lincoln
“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” Anne Bradstreet
“As a preacher, I live in a world of nodding heads and note takers who walk right out the door every Sunday and do very little with what they’ve heard. And I don’t take it personally; we’ve all done that. We listen, agree, feel convicted, buy the CD, subscribe to the podcast, and take no action. We see trouble coming, and we keep right on going.
If there is going to be change, you must take refuge. You’ve got to do something. Seeing it, feeling it, agreeing with it is not enough. You are going to need to make a phone call. Have an awkward but honest conversation with a friend. Cut up some credit cards. Change your phone number. Break up. Move out. Find a new circle of friends. Cut back on your traveling. Set the alarm clock on Sunday morning. Empty the liquor cabinet. Join a twelve-step group. Take your family on vacation. Make an appointment with a counselor. Sell the house. Cancel your internet service. Change jobs. Sell the TV. Maybe all of the above.” Andy Stanley
Big Idea: Adversity first reveals, then defines your character.
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