The French call it Résistant; the ability to bounce back from hardship, defeat and difficulty. Mrs. Gifty Otu Appiah pushed forward the agenda of resilience at the climax of the ladies’ week celebration. Her introductory words were profound, as they sought to empower women to recognize their importance in the story that the world continues to tell. The message captured some great women in the Bible and how their stories resonates even in these times.
The Resilient Christian was the topic under consideration. The wife of the personal secretary to the chairman asserted that, one of the key ingredients in developing resilience is the power of hope. (2 Corinthians 4:8-9). The power of the Holy spirit is another key ingredient in this fight. (Romans 5:3-5).
The speaker forged forward the idea that focus is integral in the resilience equation. A reading from Hebrews 12:1-2 , presented to us Jesus who had a goal and a purpose and for that, he endured. In this life, you would have to stay focused if you want to achieve anything, she asserted. People who we see as having made it in life have been people with great resilience and an overwhelming attitude, regardless of their shortcomings.
The Bible definition for resilience according to the speaker is,” to abide under” or “to get up courageous”. She goes on to highlight some women in the Bible who were barren but gave birth to children with traits of greatness. Hannah was unable to conceive, a situation that kept her in despair. But she gave birth to one of the greatest prophets in the Bible. Elizabeth may have been barren, but no living man was greater than her son John the Baptist.
The message from here on established that which one needs to do when going through hard times. It is highlighted below.
- Stay in fellowship
- Surround yourself with people who will encourage you and not those who will throw a pity party for you.
- Trust God and know He is faithful
- Remain steadfast in prayer. (The resilient Christian is a prayer warrior)
- Be respectful and humble. An inference can be drawn from Hannah’s attitude towards the priest when he accused her of being drunk.
The speaker continued with an analogy of the eagle and the snake. She painted to us a picture about how an eagle removes a snake from its place of abode (the ground) and into the storms where its life source is cut off. Resilient Christians are encouraged to take their trials from one level to the next. (From the physical to the spiritual).
The last woman from whom the church was admonished to draw inspiration from was A heathen woman cut off from the commonwealth of Israel. But this woman stayed glued to her mother-in-law even in the hardest of times. The lessons that the speaker drew from the life of Ruth included the fact that;
- A resilient Christian is not influenced by the choices of others.
- A resilient Christian has a strong conviction about the will of God for their lives.
- A resilient woman possesses strong faith in God.
- The resilient does not give way to bitterness.
- The resilient is hardworking.
- The steps of the resilient are ordered by God.
- The resilient woman has a good report in the community
Using Jesus as the last character reference, the speaker asserted that the resilient Christian aligns their will with that of God. And again, in temptations, if the word of God is not in you, there’s difficulty in overcoming.
In her concluding remarks, the speaker admonished the church to stand firm in the lord. (Ephesians 6:10-18).
If you do not have any precious thing in you, the enemy won’t try to thwart it.
Is the seed in you precious? A question for the people.!
God Bless His Word!!!!
[WRITTEN BY THE EXCERPT CREW OF THE EDITORIAL COMMITTEE]