By Jun P. Espina | Last updated on June 20th, 2021 at 06:28 pm
Overcoming Adversities by the Power of God: An exposition on the triumphant existence of the godly people as outlined in the Holy Scriptures.
Let’s Beat Our Adversities
Your life runs from a guiding principle you may not be interested in fixing or discarding altogether. Life is God-given, and He alone can beautify it. Proverbs 14:12 says: “There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.” “There is a way” or the Guiding Principle essential in the joyous fulfillment of our life journey. This 277-page book, “Overcoming Adversities by the Power of God,” seeks to give the reader the wisdom to understand life’s circumstances and ordeals and how to beat our sufferings from the wisdom of the Good Book.
Be Victorious from Adversities in this Sojourn
The clash between expectation and reality heightens our confusion and unhappiness. Problems come into sight like the essential additive in our daily menu. The spouses’ incompatibility rules in most homes and the high prices of commodities, the worries of our health, the fake news and other alarms ringing in the social media, and the ugly truth of aging—these are nerve-racking realities of today’s life! Depression and suicide cases move in giant strides. We need to get ourselves more prepared for all that will come from the unseen horizons of the future. This material is an “exposition on the triumphant existence of the godly people as outlined in the Holy Scriptures.” We need to know how to overcome our adversities by the power of God. Life is short, but we can prolong it by a victorious sojourn.
Lines of Victory in Every Affliction
This book covers the author‘s (a church pastor for 14 years) three-decade experience of facing life‘s trials by the power of the God of the Scriptures through faith in Christ. “Overcoming Adversities by the Power of God” is a volume comprising real-life stories and Bible illustrations of victories amidst the storms of the mortal being. “Each chapter though,” states the introduction page of this material, “conveys the Bible teaching on the Christian victory over life’s adversities. On the whole, I crocheted man‘s willingness to believe and God’s grace in the exhortation. I could not write about Christ’s suffering the agony of His cross, for example, without mentioning His triumphant resurrection. It is suffocating, just like painting a thick and dangerous forest without a little path of exit. I tried to supply every affliction I touched with the lines of victory.”
I want to share here a part of Chapter 10 of this book:
Faith Builds the Person in Christ
FAITH MATTERS SINCE it is a part of life. Without faith, human existence would be miserable if not impossible, for in it hangs all institutions of government and society. No civilization can ever stand without it. Our banking system, for example, is one structure where people deposit money based on faith alone that when needed it can be withdrawn.
Faith, therefore, is one of our most precious and upstanding principles in confronting our doubts and fears. How did you know, for instance, that the guy who took your beloved wife and son to the airport was a professional cabdriver? With faith that all is well with you today, you would have peace. Faith prevents your incoherent suspicions of life from spreading and conquering your mind and soul. For “faith is the assurance of things hoped for,” according to the Holy Bible, “the evidence of things not seen” (Heb. 11:1). It is the eye of our soul and the foundation of a hopeful, happy, and serene existence.
Faith builds the person, whereas doubt and skepticism just lead one to stagnation, hopelessness, and defeat.
What kind of faith is it that overcomes life’s adversities and gives victory, assurance, and hope? Well, taught the apostle John: “For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God” (1 John 5:4-5, NLT).
Expel Faith Out and Paralyze Your Chances of Winning
No one would deny that Science gives humanity great hospitals, electricity, aircraft, machines. And we know that it feeds not on faith but solid facts through research. But science is not everything. Scientists die without understanding death. The genius of Edison or Einstein means nothing when tested by a spiritual gauge. Life is a mystery and death (its twin) requires real faith in the Holy Scriptures. Death is unverifiable; we don’t know what it is. But Christ crushed death by His resurrection. Faith in Christ’s words, therefore, strengthens our hope for the good news of endless life and eternal joy.
Expel faith out of your heart if you want to keep checking your chair if it can still hold you. There are tons of similar madness that your endless suspicion and faithlessness may bring into your pathetic course of unbelief. Paralyze your chances of winning by skepticism and needless alarms. Believe therefore and overcome your trials in the power of God.
Faith is power. Emerson said: “All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.” If you trust your Creator, you have victory over the unexplained, even death. Wrote Paul: “ . . . revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (2 Tim. 1:10). Death is the greatest of all the unknowns of life. But we can face it head-on if we believe in Christ. “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Phil. 1:21).
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