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Adversity Cause us to Grow

Adversity Cause us to Grow

I recommend that you read or reread the blog posted February 1, 2019 entitled “The Potter’s House”. This will help us to realize who we are in relation to God. We should not think more highly of ourselves then we ought. As we consider the current title “Adversity Cause us to Grow” we will realize God’s sovereignty.

James tells us that we must persevere, grow, mature, and become strong mature Christians in our spiritual walk. James 1:2–4 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

We grow through the suffering we endure. I related a similar example in my blog on October 5, 2019 “The Discipline of God’s Love” I will relate part of the story to refresh your memory. There is a fascinating event in nature when the Cecropia moth emerges from its cocoon, an event that occurs with great struggle on the part of the moth to free itself. There is a story told of a person who watched a moth go through this struggle. In an effort to help, and not realizing the necessity of the struggle, the observer snapped the shell of the cocoon. Soon the moth came out with its wings all crumpled and shriveled. As the individual watched the wings remained weak. The moth would normally stretch those wings and fly in a few moments. But this moth was doomed to crawling out its brief existence in frustration. The person did not realize that the struggle to emerge from the cocoon was an essential part of developing the muscle system of the moth’s body.

By seeking to cut short the moth’s struggle the watcher had actually crippled the moth and doomed its existence. Our adversities in life are much like this example of the moth. God uses them to develop the spiritual “muscle system” of our being. As James tells us the testing of your faith develops perseverance, and perseverance leads to maturity of our character. We can be sure that the development of a Christ like character will not occur in our lives without adversity.

What Paul calls the fruit of the Spirit in: Galatians 5:22–23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. These are the characteristics that God desires for us to develop, Paul calls these the fruit of the Spirit because these are the characteristics that the Holy Spirit will help us to develop. This is the same Helper or Holy Spirit that Jesus promised to send us in: John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

The first four traits: love, joy, peace, and patience can only be developed through adversity. We think we have love until someone offends us or treats us unjustly. Then we see anger and resentment well up within us. We conclude that we have learned joy until our lives are shattered by an unexpected calamity or grievous disappointment. Adversity spoils our peace and tries our patience. God uses these difficulties to reveal to us our need to grow and mature spiritually. As we reach out to Him to change us into the likeness of His Son we resist adversity. We want God to clip the cocoon shell to remove the adversity we often find ourselves in. God has more wisdom and love for us than the man had for the moth. He will not remove the adversity until we have profited from it and developed in the way He intended, His purpose is to mold us into the likeness of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

What adversity in your life strengthens your spiritual muscles and why?

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