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Handling Adversity

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Sermon shared by Chad Bolfa

October 2009
Summary: Today from this passage of scripture I want us to see how Daniel handled adversity, so that when adversity comes into our lives, we will be able to handle it as well.
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
Handling Adversity
Am October 11th 2009
Daniel 2: 12-28

Introduction

We began a six part series titled “Faith under Fire” last week we will be studying this topic from the book of Daniel, last week in part one we learned what four tests of our faith are: Isolation, Indoctrination, compromise, confusion. Today one of the biggest hindrances to our faith is adversity, and we may ask why? I believe because so many live delusional Christian lives, where they don’t believe that any adversity should enter there life as a Christian, and when it does it throws the faith for a loop.

The word adversity means “a condition of suffering, destitution or affliction” and it comes from the word adverse which means “acting against or contrary direction, opposed to ones interests”

That’s a pretty accurate definition of hard times and difficulties. They seem to be acting against you. They take you in a direction you would rather not go, and they most definitely seem to be opposed to your interests.

Maybe right now you are in the midst of some pretty tough times. I mean the waves are crashing, the sun isn’t shining, the dark clouds are descending and your future looks so uncertain. You’re in pain, you’re hurting and you’re tired and worn out. Nothing seems to be working right. Everything seems to going in a contrary direction.

Today that is were we find Daniel, and his friends, the King has a dream and none of his royal magicians can interpret the dream for him, so he puts the word out that all the wise men in Babylon, including Daniel, shadrach, meshack, and abendego, will be killed, talk about an adverse situation, things not going there way. Today from this passage of scripture I want us to see how Daniel handled adversity, so that when adversity comes into our lives, we will be able to handle it as well.

Read Scripture: Daniel 2:12-28

I. When Adversity comes, Don’t Panic

Vs. 16 “At this, Daniel went in to the king and asked for time, so that he might interpret the dream for him.”

So often one our first responses to adversity is to hit the panic button, we get on the phone and get frantic and just panic.

It reminds me of a story I read, a lady comes home from grocery shopping and finds her five children sitting in a circle on the living room floor, she thinks to herself, “wow they are really well behaved”, so she proceeds to set her groceries down in the kitchen, then goes back to the living room to see what was going on, when she arrives she notices that each child was playing with a skunk, so she yells, run children, run, so each one picks up there skunk, and runs in five different directions in the house, making sure to squeeze the skunk tightly to keep from dropping it.

Panic is never a good response to adversity because like the lady it spreads the panic to others.

Look at Daniel, had he panicked when he heard the news of the coming death, that panic would have spread to his friends, and more than likely we would not be reading this book today because he would have died with all the wise men in Babylon. Daniel goes to the King and ask for more time, he didn’t hit the panic button.

II. When Adversity comes, Pray

Vs. 17-18 “Then Daniel returned to his house and explained the matter to his friends
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