TURNING ADVERSITY TO ADVANTAGE
“Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”
As long as we live in this body of flesh, we will be beset and buffeted with challenges and adversities.
In fact Solomon puts it this way, “If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.” He presumes that the day of adversity comes to each and every one of us with no exception. Unfortunately, because of several years of wrong teaching, many Christians think adversity and challenges are an indication that they are in sin or God is judging something wrong in their lives.
In John 9, the Apostle tells the story of the man blind from birth whom Jesus healed. In the second verse, the disciples asked the very same question many believers will ask today!
“And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?”
Someway, somehow we always assume that there has to be some sin somewhere for the adversity to have come. I’m not oblivious of the effect of what’s called “Original sin”, as such, all evil and challenge is ultimately somewhat connected with the fall of man. However we are not to go around looking and searching for sin. We are to undo the works of darkness and manifest the glory of God. This Sin Consciousness has robbed the church of far more than Satan could steal from her. It robs you of faith, authority and power.
In our text for the day, Paul made a super profound statement. On January 1st, I shared with you how that the Greek word ‘kartatizo’ translated ‘framed’ means to equip, to prepare, to furnish etc. One of the most powerful meanings of that word is to ‘repair’. Paul says that with the Word of God on your lips you can repair your dispensations and times.
Maybe you’re reading this and you’re reeling under the burden of guilt, condemnation and shame of errors past, you don’t have to!
You can reverse the effect of yesterday’s errors and turn the tides in your favour such that out of that mess comes the glory of God.
How? Put the Word of God on your lips today and repair your times. His word on your lips changes everything.
Once, while in prayer, the Lord quickened His Word in Isaiah 49:20 in my heart,
“The children which thou shalt have, after thou hast lost the other, shall say again in thine ears, The place is too strait for me: give place to me that I may dwell. Then shalt thou say in thine heart, Who hath begotten me these, seeing I have lost my children, and am desolate,a captive, and removing to and fro?and who hath brought up these? Behold, I was left alone; these, where had they been?
Thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people: and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders.”
It seemed like I had suffered a loss but I immediately knew what to do to reverse it. I simply repaired my times by putting this word on my lips consistently.
Gracious Father, truly, there is nothing impossible with you. Thank you for your word that repairs, recovers, restores and rewards. Today, I declare that no matter the challenge, I have and choose the advantage of your word that delivers to me, all that I require for life and godliness. I use the word of God to repair my Aion; my world, to conform to what it should be. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
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