Written By Nteseng Ngwenya
Even amid adversities, there is hope. It is through this hope that we bounce back and rise again. Hope promises us that everything will be good in the end. It is in the following scripture that we find comfort, knowing that no amount of adversity will crush our souls.
2 Corinthians 4:8-9 (NIV)
''We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed but not in despair; persecuted but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.''
And so we rise up. Bouncing back requires that we make some serious changes and sometimes painful decisions. As our mindsets begin to change, we can sometimes become stuck instead of being firm and steadfast (see 1 Peter 5:10).
Either way, whether during adversity or fighting for victory, finding strength begins in the mind. The harshness of life can hit us from any direction and at any time in our lives. We could be targeted emotionally or physically, and the attacks could include anything from death, unfair work practices, divorce, a miscarriage, single parenthood, a childless marriage, an abusive relationship, or financial difficulties, to being a victim of a car hijack. These adversities affect our inner being (our soul) and are often not easily spoken about in the Christian community. The fact is, hardships happen to all of us.
The beauty of being led by the Holy Spirit is that hope prepares a solid foundation for us. We need to stay firm and believe (visualise) what could be or still come - the ultimate medal of faith. We need to always see before us the throne of grace. As long as we are determined to pursue, and defend what is right, we will bounce back. The transformation of our minds is a critical process because this stretches our ability to discern what is acceptable, perfect, and good for God's kingdom. It will eventually transform us into new creations, renewed in the attitudes of our minds (Ephesians 4:23).
The question is, how do we bounce back and shield our souls from the harshness of life? Romans 12:2 teaches us to view life differently. It commands us to not conform to the practices of this world, but instead to be transformed by the renewal of our minds, and that by testing we will be able to discern the will perfect will of God for our lives. To bounce back, we must learn to view life's experiences from a heavenly perspective and be able to make sense of what is happening around us and to us. The scripture emphasises the importance of transformation and encourages us to tap into our spiritual gifts for guidance.
Are you experiencing some adversities in your life?
Is your hope fading away?
Don't give in to the enemy - choose to bounce back!
- Acknowledge the Holy Spirit as the only One to can help you to be transformed into a new creation.
- Be determined to go through the painful moulding processes
- Be willing to be guided and led by the Holy Spirit
- Resist the enemy, take your tragedies to the throne of grace
- Keep the vision of the medal of faith and the throne of grace in front of you
- Consult the Holy Spirit for the wisdom to discern what is good and acceptable
- Stay in the Word to strengthen your hope. ''If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God'' (James 1:5).
James 1:2-3 (NIV)
''Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.''
2 Corinthians 10:5 (NIV)
''We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.''