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Contents Preface ix Introduction xi 1. Adversity: Who Is Behind It All? 1 2. The Power of Perspective 15 3. When God Is Silent 33 4. Justice for All 49 5. Advancing Through Adversity 59 6. Your Attention, Please! 73 7. A Not-So-Gentle Reminder 81 8. A Self-Examination 91 9. A Humbling Experience 101 10. The Power of Weakness 111 11. Faithful Is He Who Called You 121 12. Comforted to Comfort 131 13. Not I, but Christ 141 14. One Man¿s Story 153 15. Responding to Adversity: The Choice Is Yours 171 Acknowledgments 183 About the Author 185 Preface The biblical principle of understanding, accepting, and embracing the difficult times in our lives is the guiding theme behind How to Handle Adversity. This important concept influenced the addition of this book to the newly revised Charles Stanley Discipleship Series. This special series was created to support the building of a biblical foundation of faith and to lead to greater spiritual maturity. Other books in the series include Eternal Security, The Gift of Forgiveness, Winning the War Within, and How to Listen to God. We encourage you to use these books as Bible study and witnessing tools. When you have completed the Discipleship Series, we have more good news for you. In Touch Ministries has more on-going study for you on-line. We would like to invite you to explore our Web site www.intouch.org. The pages of our site are filled with inspiration and exciting Bible study tools for the whole family. Take time today to browse the pages of our topical Scripture index, to learn more about the heroes of the Bible in our ¿Mighty in Spirit¿ feature, or to begin your quiet time with our daily on-line devotions. Also visit our ¿Prayer Touch¿ pages, containing quick reference tips on prayer, quiet time aids for praying the Scriptures, and our monthly prayer-focused newsletter. Children of all ages can grow in godliness with the tools in ¿Generation Next¿¿an area containing ¿Kids Corner¿ Bible lessons and printable activity pages, and ¿Teen Connection,¿ which offers age-specific Bible studies and encouraging daily devotions. This portion of the site also hosts ¿Parents¿ Café,¿ a priceless resource of godly inspiration for moms and dads. May God bless you as you seek to grow in the disciplines of His Word and to pursue the goal of Christlike character. ¿In Touch Ministries In Touch Ministries is the teaching ministry of Dr. Charles F. Stanley, pastor of the 15,000-member First Baptist Church of Atlanta, Georgia. In Touch currently has a staff of more than 200 people in the United States and numerous affiliate staff throughout its international offices. The real story of In Touch, however, is not statistical. It is the story of penetrating the human soul with the Word of God so that all who view or listen can grow to spiritual maturity and make a godly impact on the world in which they live. Introduction Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2¿4 I know of several people who are mad at God because of the adversity that has come their way. One particular fellow refuses to step foot inside the church because he did not get the promotion he thought he deserved. Another lady is mad because God did not stop her daughter from marrying an unbeliever. The tragedy in each case is that these people have put themselves on the sidelines spiritually. They cannot advance one more inch spiritually until they change their perspective on adversity. The very thing God allowed into their lives as an incentive to grow has put them into a spiritual coma. Why? Because they refuse to ¿let endurance have its perfect [maturing] result¿ as noted above in the passage from James. Until we are committed to the process of spiritual maturity and growth, we will never be able to experience the peace and godly wisdom that James knew¿there will never be any joy in suffering. I encourage you, as you read this book, to open your eyes to God¿s faithfulness and open your heart to all the lessons He longs to teach you through your circumstances. May you emerge victorious as you discover God¿s perspective on this life and the life to come.
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