by William Wyne

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The Blessings of Adversity (1 of 7)
Series: The Blessing of Adversity
William Wyne
Philippians 1:12-13

A Seven Part Series of Messages on Adversity and How God Can Transform Them into Blessings

Philippians 1:12-13 But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel; 13 So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places;

Philippians 4:11-13 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

A blessing is defined as a beneficial thing for which one should be grateful and happy about. A blessing is seen as an aspect of favor. An adversity is opposite of a blessing. An adversity is defined as a state of hardship, affliction, and misfortune. The two are opposite, a blessing is triumphal, an adversity is troublesome, a blessing is joyous, and an adversity is not so joyous. Blessing is uplifting, adversity is a downer.

It just seems that blessings and adversity are two extremes; they perhaps should not be on the same row. Blessings and adversity should probably be in my opinion on different aisles. I heard this term from listening to a preacher by the name of Barry C. Black. I initially became aware of him by surfing the TV channels and ended up on a network called the Hope Network, which is a Seventh Day Adventist channel. He was engaging and profound, when I looked him up, he serves as the chaplain for the U.S. Senate and has been there since 2003. As a matter of fact, he is the first African American to have that position.

But then it also indicated that he had authored a book, The Blessing of Adversity. I continued to be perplexed by that ...

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