Overcoming Adversity (by Dr Carl Garrigus, ThD, PhD)
Overcoming Adversity, Life Lessons from the Book of James (by Dr Carl Garrigus, ThD, PhD) is correctly titled indeed for Dr. Garrigus shares how his own life impossibilities were made more bearable by what he learned in the Book of James. Truth in action you might say.
As he says, life’s circumstances do develop your faith. Each chapter of this small book is followed by several questions so that you can examine your own life in the midst of your own circumstances.
Did you know that without God helping us, our faith growth is next to impossible? James 1:5 says that if we lack wisdom we should ask God. Now that makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?
Dr. Garrigus goes on to point out that anger won’t get us anywhere and to watch what we say.
In the summary, he points out that when we turn to God, and seek his will, difficult times provide opportunities to develop our faith.
Dr. Garrigus uses interesting life samples to illustrate his points. Every now and again, the book does seem a little bit preachy but over all I enjoyed it and I would recommend it. It is a good, although short overview of the Book of James.
The publisher provided me a free book in return for an honest review.
Brenda J Wood, author and motivational speaker
And they answered, John the Baptist; but some say, Elijah; and others, that one of the ancient prophets has come back to life. (Luke 9:19, AMP)
But Jesus brought gossip around to truth.
And He said to them, but who do you [yourselves] say that I am? (Luke 9:20a, AMP)
And Peter replied, The Christ of God! (Luke 9, 18-20, AMP)
Peter knew the answer. Do you?
We talk a lot about Jesus. We listen to the ‘good old stories’ of how he moved in people’s lives. We drink in the testimonies of celebrities and make our own celebrities out of those who do wonderful things for him.
The disciples must have done the same thing because when Jesus asked them this question they knew the answer.…
Now it occurred that as Jesus was praying privately, the disciples were with Him, and He asked them, who do men say that I am? (Luke 9:18, AMP)
They really did know the gossip of the day.
Are you suffering because some friend or relative can’t stand to be with you now that you follow Jesus as Lord and Savior? Don’t take it personally. It’s not you they hate, but Christ in you.
Because they can’t stand Christ here, God, ever the gentleman, generously refuses to inflict himself on them at a later date.
Psalm 1:5-6-Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction (NIV).
“Sinners cannot live in heaven. They would be out of their element. Sooner could a fish live upon a tree than the wicked in paradise.”–Charles Spurgeon
Truthfully, aren’t we happy about that when it comes to certain folks of our acquaintance? Perhaps that is why we’ve stopped praying for their salvation. Oh-oh, now we have a bigger problem…our heart and our attitude.
Prayer: Lord, our insides are not matching our ‘holy’ outside persona. Set us straight for Christ. Amen.