I Peter 5:8
Be sober, be vigilant; because your
adversary the devil,
as a roaring lion, walketh about,
seeking whom he may devour


Advice on
Withstanding  the Adversity of the Adversary
Did you ever watch "Hee Haw"?  If you did would you admit it?  The theme song of four of the very country singers who told a sad story on  the show every week  was this "Gloom, despair, and agony on me.... if it weren't for bad luck I'd have no luck at all."  No matter what the story, you always knew what the ending would be.  They always lost something.  They lost their best friend, their car broke down, the roof had a hole in it and somebody ran over their dog. Have you ever met anyone like that?  A simple how are you yields at least an hour one-way conversation of all that has gone wrong in their life that day.  If you should ask, how are things going, you get a three-hour report on what all has gone wrong the last month or so.
All kidding aside, it does seem there are times in our lives when everything that could possibly go wrong does.  Sometime we may ask ourselves, "What have I  done to deserve all this?"  There are times when things get so bad we almost are ready to throw in the towel and sing gloom, despair, and agony on me.
As Christians, we should know adversity will come.  The adversary is seeking to devour us.
  If we faint when adversity comes we aren't very strong.
Proverbs 24:10
If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.
 We have to learn to stand against our adversary. The best way to learn to stand is to learn who is standing with us. If we learn to lean on Him who justifies us the adversary can't stand against the standard our great God lifts up against him.
Isaiah 50:8
He is near that justifieth me; who will contend with me? let us stand together: who is mine adversary? let him come near to me
Isaiah 59:19  
When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall
lift up a standard against him.
Also remember as your adversity subsides, as the adversary moves temporarily out of your life, there is always someone who is under attack.  Remember to pray for them daily. Our adversary is always on the prowl seeking to destroy someone.
Hebrews 13:3
Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.
Yes, there may  be some gloom and despair in this life, but we know
the good outweighs the bad.
We know what will become of the adversary.
Revelation 20:2
And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the devil, and satan, and bound him a thousand years
 We know how this story will end.
We know who holds the key.