No one knew it was coming, not even the Apostles,that Peter was going to betray Jesus. Of course, Jesus knew, but the feeling of betrayal still stung. The picture painted here in the New Testament makes many of us cringe at the ultimate rejection, and if anyone understood adversity, it was Jesus. Like 2,000 years ago, we still face adversity in all forms, like slander, gossip, hate, betrayal and rejection. Not that you are overly surprised, but just because you are a believer doesn't mean that your head is in the clouds, it sometimes really brutal. You know what is even worse than adversity? It's those stinging saccharine phrases like "If life hands you lemon make lemonade." The reality is we can't always make something beautiful out of something ugly, but like Jesus, we can stay the course and not wither way on the vine of life. The way we deal with its ugliness is to not run and hide. You can be unstoppable with God. And in times of challenges you can find hope. Jesus talked about resting during seasons of pain in Mathew. "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." We will look at how to stand in adversity which includes rest, worship, and keeping the spiritual flames burning.
Start praising God.
Praising God during a rough time will help you refocus on His power. This will also lift you in the process. This gets your mind off of you. When you are thinking about the problem and the hurt feelings, you are just feeding into the pain. Unplug this negativity, and just praise Him. You can't make people stop lying about you, or talking trash. But you can feed your spirit and allow God to minister as giving up is not the answer. Without hope you will perish. Find a Scripture that encourages you during this time. Write the Scripture to remind that you will overcome. Use this in conjunction with worship, by singing the Word of God with your own melody. Praise stops the enemy.