Text: II Cor. 12:1-9;11:23-28, and 4:7-11
In order to fulfill those plans for the purpose of God and become “who” God has ordained you to be, you will go through a process:a series of actions, changes or functions bringing about a desired result.”When that process is not palatable but hurting  and tiresome...it is refereed to as adversity.The word adversity occurs only once in the KJV Bible and it literally means trouble,difficulty,affliction...
It is noteworthy that adversity can come  because of our own sinful ways and failures as well as from God ministered to us by a loving Holy Spirit.
1. Adversity is not abnormal, many times it is even permitted by God.
2. God may or may not reveal the reason for what you are facing..
3. Adversity can be extremely painful and hurting, although allowed by God.
4. Adversity can be a  gift from God:though you may not immediately understand this.
5. The Devil can be the main agent by which the difficulty comes.  It might appear to be egregious. The Christian life is not designed to be a bed of roses though at the end it will be glorious.
6. God sends adversity to help, never to hinder us. God is doing good in our lives.
7. God never scolds for praying for release from adversity.
8. Paul learned God will comfort us in adversity -- He will give sufficient and timely comfort.
9. We are never alone in our adversity -- grace will overshadow us; God’s presence will be there. He will give a canopy of love and grace -- 12:9
10. While experiencing adversity we can experience God’ grace -- God is here now- in the present tense for us.
11. By grace we are enabled to endure victoriously. His power will be perfected in our weakness. This was Paul’s attitude and response. We must learn how to respond accordingly.
12. God may not see fit to remove the adversity. He is planning many good things for our growth and maturity. (James 1:1-3; Rom. 5:1-5)
13. God’s power within us reaches its peak at the time of our greatest adversity. His power is perfected in our weakness.Napoleon Hill said The strongest oak tree of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It's the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the winds and rains and the scorching sun.
14. The spiritual blessings we receive in our adversity can over-shadow the pain we feel.
15. The right response in adversity develops our fellowship with God. We can move into bitterness or we can become better! We can build a closer walk or we can walk away.
16. If God does not see fit to remove the adversity He can enable us to live with it and grow through it.
17. We not only can live with it, we can rejoice in it.
18. Our present adversity may be preparation for the future lighter or heavier adversity. God is preparing for our future and preparing us for those future plans.
19. The key to enduring adversity triumphantly is to see it from Christ’s point of view, and receive it for Christ’s sake. (See Heb. 5:5-9; Heb. 12:1-4)
20. Adversity empowers us to comprehend others, and to console them in their troubles and pressures. We are able to have an ongoing ministry of encouragement to others.
21.Adversity is not meant to annihilate us but to stand as catalyst for our advancement.
22.The challenges we encounter prepares us for different phases of life.It is virtually impossible to  enter into next phase of life without facing and overcoming the next challenge.
23.Running away from adversities is running away from advancements.
24.Adversity is used by heaven to measure our strenght,loyality and stability(Prov24:10)


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