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You’ve got to have some kind of contrast against which you can see the light. It works like this in many other aspects of creation. Adversity is what makes you strong. There’s a storm of opposition from the Enemy and even those, of whom you don’t know exactly whether they’re friend or foe - time will tell – but all those things will just serve to strengthen you. The price of true godliness is persecution, ridicule, rejection, opposition and adversity. I like to pride Myself in all the things My children accomplish in spite of opposition, suppression and all attempts to shut up and stomp out the truth. Conviction is all about knowing that you’re doing the right thing in the face of opposition and in spite of many voices who may think to know better than you. That is the school of character that has shaped just about every significant man and woman of God: That very lack of support, that being forced to walk alone just with Me and Me alone on their side, against the opposition, is precisely where their inner strength comes from that makes them rise above the status quo. Leaders are always envied, resisted, rebelled against, rejected, opposed & fought against by some people some of the time, but that's exactly the kind of adversities that make a character strong. You can't just let the Enemy have the world & passively stand by as he wrecks it. You've got to do something about it! You've got to counteract, you've got to oppose him. Otherwise, if you don't oppose him, it's almost as if you're siding with him. You've got to oppose the Enemy in order to really be on My side. There will always be those who oppose, resist and reject you and all you have to give, just as they rejected the prophets and Myself, and nearly each and every one of My true apostles throughout history. It's tough when those who oppose and slander you are from among your own, but that's the kind of treatment and treason I experienced, and if I did, haven't I promised that you would experience the same? Of course, it's sad when there's war between brethren, but as you can tell from history, it's what the Devil has been up to since the beginning. There will always be repetitions of the story of the fate of Abel and Cain, in different forms, as long as the Devil is around... It’s no great art or feat to love those who love you. The proof of the pudding, how much you’re really capable of love, comes especially when it’s down to loving those who don’t love you, but seem to oppose and reject you. Loving those requires a skill in the art of loving that not everyone is master of, and it requires the supernatural, superhuman type of love that only I can give and teach and equip you with. Training yourself in the art of loving in the face of hatred, rejection and lack of love will also sharpen your skills and abilities to deal with unloving behavior on behalf of your loved ones, and instead of going on the defensive right away and withdrawing and reacting negatively and allowing their lack of love to produce more lack of love in you for them, you can learn to counter that natural process and stop the chain reaction and vicious cycle, and allow love to continue and go on, in spite of the adverse circumstances. Adversity is making you more profound, it opens your eyes to where you can see through the Devil's lies. Isn't it worth it? I must allow adversity in order to keep that vacuum alive inside you, that urge to seek Me or else you know you're not going to make it through the day! It takes perseverance to change the world, not letting adversity discourage you & turn you away at the first show of resistance. Adversity is what makes you strong. You want to have power over unclean and evil spirits? It's these fighting experiences that give you the power you seek. For although it is I Who give you the power, I give it to you by way of applying the little power you already have and finding out that it's not quite enough, that you need to come back to Me for more; that you've got to keep on training, fighting, hanging on... How do you manage to bring love where there is hatred, to bring light where there is darkness, joy, where there is sadness? You cannot do this unless you even refuse to look at the hatred, the darkness, the sadness, or their causes, to begin with. You refuse to see the adverse circumstance as such, but only as an occasion to put My power to the test. You rejoice in the adversity, because it has brought you a new challenge to prove to the universe that I am greater than any circumstance!
Once you truly love, you eventually get to the point where you accept and welcome hardship and adversity, and embrace them as friends who will make you stronger on your path. In creating a spiritual diamond, jewel or gem when someone is “becoming gold” in spiritual aspects, every little lesson involved in that process is important. The degrees of pressure and “heat” have got to be just right, the amount of adversity you experience, before you can be taken out of the fire again to be cooled by My fresh pure waters. What else does it mean to be an overcomer, but to rise above adverse circumstances? The greater the adversity, the greater the victory! The extent to which you’re learning to trust Me calmly now in the face of adversity and loss will determine how well you’ll be faring then, when adversity and loss will reach unprecedented proportions. If you do things right the Devil will fight you, & he'll fight you the hardest in the beginning stages, so that he can convince you to quit before you can even get started... The Devil will fight you all the more, the closer you come to My perfect will for you, the more you threaten to really accomplish for My Kingdom.