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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Wed, 07 Mar 2012 23:01:40 +1300
-by Os Hillman.

“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial
you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to
you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ,
so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed”
(1 Peter 4:12-13).

I’ve observed a principle: The pathway to leadership almost
always takes us through the valley of adversity. We see this
principle not only in the story of Joseph, who endured thirteen
years of adversity, but also in the lives of many other leaders in
both the Old and New Testament.

Moses was raised in the royal splendor of Pharaoh’s household
in Egypt, but he was forced to flee and spend 40 years in desert
exile before God spoke from a burning bush and called him to lead
the Hebrew people out of slavery. Joshua spent the years of his
youth as a slave in Egypt and his middle-aged years wandering in
the desert at Moses’ side. He was well acquainted with adversity
when God called him to lead Israel’s armies in the conquest of
Canaan. The prophet Daniel was thrown into a den of hungry lions
before he could reach a place of power and influence in the
Babylonian courts. And we see this same pattern played out in the
lives of David, Isaiah, Amos, Hosea and other Old Testament

Turning to the New Testament, we see that even Jesus had to
face adversity in the desert, suffering hunger, thirst, temptation
and opposition from Satan. Only then could He begin His public
ministry. The Lord’s disciples had to endure the loss of their
Master, the failure of their own faith and character, and the dark
days of despair between the cross and the empty tomb before they
could become the founding leaders of the Lord’s church.

It’s hard to find anyone in Christian history who became a
great leader without earning an advanced degree at the “University
of Adversity.”

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