The Adversity Advantage by Lenny Ports

The Adversity Advantage
Lenny Ports

My message to you today is titled, "The Adversity Advantage". God has a design and purpose for everything that we go through. He knows exactly what is happening in our lives. There are times we feel and know the presence of God. We can sense His affirmation and approval, but there are times that we go through adverse circumstances and we do not sense His presence and affirmation. The danger during these difficult times is that we question God's love for us. We question God's presence in our lives and too many times we allow those difficulties to dictate our decisions, and we find ourselves distant from God. We must, we must, we must have these truths in mind during difficult times:

1. GOD'S LOVE FOR ME HAS NOT CHANGED
2. GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME
3. GOD IS WORKING SOMETHING GOOD BEHIND THE SCENES

By the end of this message, I hope to be able to answer the following questions:
1. Why does it seem at times as though God has forsaken me?
2. Why do bad things happen to good people?
3. What is the purpose for all my struggles?

My message to you today is that God has a purpose for the adversity. And if we endure the test, the advantage goes to us. God allows us to go through tests for many reasons. Here is a glimpse of why God allowed the children of Israel to go through the difficulty of their wilderness experience on their way to the Promised Land:

Deuteronomy 8:2 And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. 3 So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord. 4 Your garments did not wear out on you, nor did your foot swell these forty years. ...


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