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3.18.2021

The Opposite Of Prosperity Is Adversity And Not......

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If the opposite of prosperity is poverty, then the rich won't be crying. But they cry because the opposite is something far worse.
The King's Scribe

Bearings;
"Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD's wrath;...."
✝ Zephaniah 1:18

Bottomline:
In our primary school days at a public school, we treated a topic in English language subject in primary 3, called "words and opposite" For example short and tall, big and small, right and wrong, happy and sad, fat and thin etc.etc.
This topic was one of what God used to shape my principles in life. Making the word called relativity an alien subject to me. To me, either something is crooked or straight, rough or smooth, wrong or right.
You are either cunny or straightforward.
There is this word both in the Bible and in general practical living that the opposite is generally misunderstood and misinterpreted. The subject of prosperity. People generally refers to the opposite as poverty which is not so anyway. The opposite of prosperity is something far more worse. Far worse that trailer loads fresh mint dollar notes cannot tackle. Not may not tackle but CANNOT tackle. It called adversity.
***The Prince And Princess Of Whales would Understand and explain Better***

The opposite of prosperity is adversity.
Now let us hear God out in His word...
"In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: God also hath set the one over against the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him." Ecclesiastes 7:14
"What then is the opposite of poverty if prosperity and adversity be the opposites of each other? The oppposite of poverty is RICHES. And the word poverty is the direct opposite of the word RICHES.
Let us hear God out again:
"Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:" Proverbs 30:8
Poverty is an integral manifestation of adversity, just as riches is an integral manifestation of prosperity. This integral part is otherwise known as FINANCIAL PROSPERITY.
Riches is a compartment of prosperity, while poverty is a compartment of adversity. Again poverty is NOT the direct opposite of prosperity as errorneously taught and believed.
Also, those who preach prosperity as all about acculation of riches and material things; and those who attack them are both wrong. Very wrong! Because prosperity is not all about acculation of cash.
Of course riches can change a poor man's story in a twinkling of an eye. But that doesn't make him an all round prosperous man. Because when adversity come the way of that same a man, tons of cash, investments and properties cannot handle it. It may even make them disappear from the man one at a time.
To press the case forward, if adversity is all about poverty, and prosperiy is all about riches, MKO Abiola would have been alive today.
All it take is for a few bags of "Ghana must go" bags to change hands and he will get out the political entanglement. But billions of dollars cannot bribe the forces of adversity that held MKO captive. Also when the grim reaper came knocking the door of Abacha, Mariam his wife and Major Al-Mustapha his CSO would have bribed him with truck loads of fresh mint dollarbills, if prosperity is all about having riches! But riches cannot handle adversity. And if riches cannot handle adversity then poverty can never be the opposite of prosperity. Rather, the opposite of adversity is something far worse.
Adversity does not answer to cash unlike poverty. What answers to adverity is getting to the root of forces behind it and dealing with them point blank.
And money, no matter the magnitude in trilions can't handle such. Else Ibrahim Babangida would have been ready to pay a billion dollar for a pair of shoes that can shrink his feet back and make him walk normally again. Having gone this far, what is prosperity then?
Prosperity is having all things going well with you in all areas of life.
A verse in book of Psalms succintly summarised it as "...The lines are falling in pleasant places for me..."
And adversity is having things the exact opposite of it. Chinua Achebe called it "Things Fall Apart" Yeah, and the center cannot hold. Not even a train load of cash can make the centre to hold!
The reason why riches is the opposite poverty is that a few bags of dollars can change a poverty riddled man story overnight.
But tanker loads of cash did not change Steve Jobs pancreatic cancer to mormal pancreas overnight in as much as he can afford to pay. Just name the price It even took his life.....
Again dealing with adversity is getting to root of the matter even if it will involve applying spiritual solutions. And in the quest to apply spiritual solutions, many have gone astray to seek lesser powers that will add to the weight of adversity instead of lightening the burden.
You don't solve a problem by complicating it.
Man should take the right and proper way to find a way out of problems that defy loads of cash as solution. And the way of God is way out.
Yes going by it the way of God is what can get any man out of any pit of adversity, no matter how deep the pit is.
The root of trouble and adversity is sin and iniquity. And God Whom you have been sinning against all this while will not collect all the money in the vault of World Bank or bank of America, so you will not face the consequences.
You either repent or face the music.

But can repent even today. It is a matter of taking the decision and then believing on Jesus His Son and accepting Him as Lord and Saviour. Then that yoke of adversity in your life shall be destroyed because of the anointing not with a fat cheque. Isaiah 10:27.
#IstandforTheGosoelofChrist

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