1 Corinthians 16:9 “For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.”
When a soul comes to Christ, the process of mentoring and discipleship is vital.
A soul, newly birthed has a spirit just come alive. What is taught and what is learned is essential. Our enemy knows that he has lost a soul and will fight to keep them from becoming strong in soul and spirit.
At the time of this writing, the apostle Paul was seeing great victories in Ephesus. Throughout his epistles, Paul spoke of those wanting to halt the gospel from going forth. To the place, they caught him, drew him out of the city, and stoned him.
Acts 14:19-20 “And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and, having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead. Howbeit, as the disciples stood round about him, he rose up, and came into the city: and the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe.”
God was not finished with Paul.
Today, we may not be in fear of being stoned to death, but there are brothers and sisters in Christ who endanger their lives to tell others the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
If we are to follow Christ as He intended, we will have adversaries.
In our personal life, when we desire to learn and grow more into what God wants us to be, we will find many things that will try to hinder us.
Fear of the unknown.
Doubt in our abilities.
We may receive discouragement from the very ones we rely on to encourage us.
We must settle it in our hearts that to what God calls us, He will enable us.
Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ“
Any evangelistic church will have opposition within and without.
If the path to accomplishing God’s work was easy and unhindered, we would take it for granted and grow lazy. We would think that we possess knowledge and power and become useless in our arrogance and pride.
There is something inside every man that will rise to fight for what he believes. When we know the truth, are passionate and zealous for souls, we will stand up to that which opposes us. We must know as well that we are not to do it in our own power.
We have been given armor.
Ephesians 6:11 “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”
We have a helmet, a breastplate, our loins girt about, our feet shod, and carry the shield of faith and the sword of the Spirit.
We have promises of victory no matter the opposition.
Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.”
There is not one person who is without some measure of fear and doubt. It is in those times that we need to take courage and do all we can to stand. God told Joshua numerous times to take courage. We should do the same.
Joshua 1:6 “Be strong and of a good courage...”
Joshua 1:7 “Only be thou strong and very courageous...”
Joshua 1:9 “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”
Our loving Heavenly Father would not tell us to do something for which He knows we could not accomplish. We fail when we think we must achieve it in our own strength and in our own power.
The resistance we encounter is to strengthen us, not defeat us.
A person who desires to gain muscle will use weight to create muscle resistance to grow more. The strain of bearing the weight first tears the muscle’s fibers and allows the body to produce new muscle around the torn fibers.
We may suffer damage in the growth process. It may come in the form of offense, hurt, and loss. Knowing that my God is in control of this process allows me to accept all that comes as His way of making me more like His Son Jesus.
Romans 8:28-29 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.”
Sometimes, the resistance we may feel is our own.
Resistance to change.
Resistance to growth.
We can grow familiar and comfortable with the progress we have made to the place we are satisfied and settle instead of continuing the journey God has for us.
At times like these, resistance becomes a nuisance or an annoyance. We grow complacent and comfortable, not wanting to fight.
We grow weary at times and want to rest. To endure for the long haul, we should rest. But, we cannot allow the pleasures we enjoy in rest to overtake the mission at hand. We must always be ready to tell someone the good news of the gospel.
1 Peter 3:14-15 “But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear“
Satan wants to silence us by resisting our path. We have been given every resource needed to complete this life and finish victoriously.
Resistance can only make you stronger if you view it correctly and apply what God has given to succeed.