Overcoming in the face of Opposition

Keywords: Wicked, opposition, Anointed One,suffering,

Our bible says in Mathew chapters 7 verse 13 , that the gates are narrow, and paths are difficult.  Most people when they visualize the narrow path  , they would like to think, path filled with flowers, and blue sky. Perfect weather.  I would like to think, its more like thorns and stormy, and dangerous.

when you are on the this path

 

See when you are on this Journey

You are on a mission

There is a destination;

it won’t be gentle and beautiful.

You will have to go through bumps, move mountains, and face trials of many, you have to face your enemy head on.

See when you are truly in the ministry of serving the Lord, you will truly know the existence of the evil.
The more deeper you get into your ministry, the harder the devil will work to pull you out of it.

The Devil will create Oppositions around you, so you falter, and become deviated from God plan for yours and my life.

 Overcoming in the faces of Opposition. 

Lets look into the word this morning and get encouraged in the times of such opposition.

Imagine Life without opposition. Our bible wouldn’t exist.

Acts 4:23

Different types of Opposition

Ridicule : Seen mainly through Friends,
More Intense: Punishment , or some type of threat  : remote regions outside the borders of America.

Peter and John Faces Opposition during their ministry.

  • They could have left the country
  • They could have kept their mouth Silent
  • They could have started a riot, they had many followers. So many followers, that the rulers got scared.

They did not rely on their strength, instead they took it upto God. First thing they did was join in prayer with their own people. They did not look for solution from themselves, but they seeked God.
– Sometimes when we feel threatened and feel discouraged, we respond to either by anger, some type of action contrary to the teachings.

Devils Objective: discouraged. – Quit on God. Become hopeless. Dependence on God becomes less. God’s work is not being fulfilled.

Acts 4: 27

Herod and  Pontius Pilate, who were once enemies,  Joined Forces together with the  Gentiles and the people of Israel, to conspire against Jesus.

Those are against God , underestimate the power of God. The Rulers may have power and authority, but they don’t have Sovereignty.

Opposition is here to stay, as long as we are alive. You might not be physical opposed by anyone.  You are spiritually opposed by evil.

In fact you are in a spiritual wafare. Just like any other war, in order to win, you must face an opposition.

When you battle fight, you don’t under your own judgment, you fight the battle under the authority of your general , or your master.

They gave complete control over to God. When you let God work in your life, God will change everything.

From the beginning till the end, as long as the Devil exist opposition will always exist. Whenever you bring God into the picture, friends ,coworkers and even faimly members may shows signs of ridicule.

Identity 

During these times, it’s important you identify yourself . First Identifying yourself as servant of God. You have been choosen  and excluded to live life which bring glory to our God. You  have taken a decision to follow only Christ. You have decided that only God has authority over you.

You have chosen to be his own people.

On Peter and Johns, release they went to their “OWN PEOPLE”

People who commited to serving God
Servants of God. Those who the know the Heavenly Father.

After you Identify yourself,

Its time to take Refuge in heavenly father.

These opposition will exist, but the one takes refuge in Jesus will taken care of  , will be watched over. That’s what Psalms 2 says

For us, during such times of opposition, take refuge in him. Let God be in Control. God is not the business of harming his people.  But in the plans to Prosper. Jeremiah 29:11

In order Overcoming Opposition:

Take Refuge in him by praying.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Psalm 46:1

Our Bible says to Put Trust in Him , Lean on him , Not on your own understanding. He will make your path straight.

Stand firm in his words.

Don’t rely on your understand, but take it upto God. Ask for Courage , ask for boldness.

God will Move mountains,

God will heal the pain thats holding you back.

God will get out of the depression

God will give you strength when you are weak

God will encourage you, when you feel discouraged.

God will make you bold when you are silent
God will give you courage when you are in fear.

When Peter and John relied on God, things started happening. Their place of worship started shaking.. Holy Spirit filled them. . They no longer had fear, their mouths could no longer be shut. They spoke boldness.

Peter and John were just ordinary people. Verse 13

You see When you have been with Jesus, your opposition will get scared of you. They will be astonished. This is just not an ordinary student, ordinary doctor or ordinary nurse.

No man or no devil can deny from learning the truth.

No one can deny from speaking the truth

No one can keep you silent.

.  When Peter and John was seized, they were asked to be silent, they were asked not speak in the name of Jesus.

My experience

What was two thousand years ago , is still true today .
We are still fighting the same opposition that was then and still standing today. As long as the devil is free ,  we will have opposition. But the good thing, we are not by ourselves, we have Jesus with us.  The same Jesus that was present with Peter and John 2000 years ago, is still with us today.  You are still fighting the same battle.  At the end of all this, on that day when you stand before the God, God will say “Job Well Done”

Psalm 2 Against The Anointed ONE

Keywords: Wicked, opposition, Anointed One,suffering,

As your Faith increases, opposition will increase.    Its  sad to mention, but there people in this day of age,  who knows God exist and knows the devil aswell, but they would rather choose the devil.  Unfortunately, Devil worship is more common that many people think. Theistic Satanism is the form of worship devoted to Satan and against God.  But remember, it does require one to be Satnaistic , in order to be against God,  but also   anything against the Truth,or anyone against the Bible is also opposition. There are many religious leaders that are against the teaching  of the truth.  Even ,  25 countries includes these ; Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Sudan and Yemen won’t allow bible in homes because  their leaders have condemned such use.

 

Devils Objective: discouraged. – Quit on God. Become hopeless. Dependence on God becomes less. God’s work is not being fulfilled.  Ultimate Objective is to go against God.

 

Psalms 2 verse 2  says ” The Kings of Earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the lord and against his anointed One”.

Kings, rulers, nations and people of different ethnicity , belief will come together go against our Lord and against his anointed One Jesus.

Why? Because, Honestly i think they are afraid.  They are afraid what once was their nation and dominion will be ruled by someone named Jesus. What exist 2000 years ago, exist today.

From the beginning till the end, as long as the Devil exist opposition will always exist. Especially in your life,your friends,  your teachers, you peers will oppose certain things you do  that brings in God into the picture. These opposition will exist, but the one takes refuge in Jesus will taken care of  , will be watched over.

Perseverance 

Acts 4: 27;

Herod and  Pontius Pilate, who were once enemies,  Joined Forces together with the  Gentiles and the people of Israel, to conspire against Jesus.
By enforcing  such law that go against the freedom on Christians in these countries, they form a plot against God.

Those are against God , underestimate the power of God. The Rulers may have power and authority, but they don’t have Sovereignty.  The unknown author warns against leaders that goes against God. : ” Then rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath”

Opposition is here to stay, as long as we are alive. You might not be physical opposed by anyone.  You are spiritually opposed by evil.

 

Seek God and take refuge. Seek shelter and protection in his arms.

Psalm 1 Healthy Posture

Blessed is the man who does NOT

  • who walks in the counsel (advice) of the wicked (ungodly)
  • or stands in the way of sinners; (ungodly)
  • or sit in the seat of mockers;
A healthy Human posture is one who walks, stand and sits with your back straight. Likewise to be a  healthy christian, you must have a good spiritual posture.
A spiritual walk means, to have faith and putting  full trust in him.  In a physical sense, one cannot walk anywhere without the energy that you consume when you eat and drink.
In spiritual sense, you cannot walk in his ways and full his will for you,  unless are feeding yourself with spiritual tools such as the word of God and meditating upon them.

Blessed is the man who

  • walks in the light of your(lords) presence (PS 89:15)
  • Guides the humble in the what is right and teaches them his way
  • and who wins over the mockers ridicule’s.

Verse 2. Importance of Law.

Verse 2 describes the person who is righteous and does not lead a life according to verse 1.
To be righteous, means to be established and be confined in the law of lord.

The law that is  established by God and found only in the word of God.
Its important to delight in the law given to us by our lord and to meditate on it day and night.
Another words, it is important for Christians to mediate upon his words, study it, understand it and  to apply it. By doing such mediation, what you will feel is a sense of delight. Trusting upon his words, in times of fear, sorrow and struggles. His words will bring a delight, joy, and peace.

Being a healthy  christian means having healthy posture and healthy mind.

Psalms Verse 3.  Healthy Christian yields fruits

“Whatever he does prospers” .  Imagine a time, whatever you do always brings you happiness and joy. Everything you do is an accomplishment.

I certainly want prosperity. Who does not. Most people define prosperity as having wealthy,  successfully marriage , and having a good family.

Abraham and along rest of his offspring till now still have prosperity.

We have the same prosperity Go has promised Abraham.  Galatians 3:14

The great reward of being a healthy christian is prosperity.  According to the definition prosperity: flourishing, thriving, good fortune and / or successful social status

Many of us, would love to see ourselves flourishing, thriving , having good fortune , and having a good social status, especially in this time. When the economy is not doing so well.  When people are worried about their future. when there is a lot of Uncertainty  Flourishment and good fortune is what we all seek. Not many of us find it. That’s because many of us are not looking in the right place.  Instead of building a solid foundation based upon truth, knowledge of God, We try to establish a foundation based on temporary things like  money, and pride. And both of these things, as verse 4 says, are like chaff, a wind can just blow them away.

Imagine if you are house is made out of money, your family is made out of money and life is about money.

Mathew 6:33  Says seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

We have to go after him,  to see prosperity in our lives . weather it’s getting good grade, getting a job or having a good healthy marriage.  God will take care of you. In verse 6, the bible says he watches over the way of righteous . Which way are you taking? You all know, there is a good and the bad way. We christian sometimes tend to think, there is middle way. So we do righteous, but then we also what is unrighteous. We fail to realize there is a no middle ground.  When you are fighting this spiritual battle, you are going ahead on against evil. You cannot be  standing in the  middle of field choosing sides. You are either on the side of evil or on the right side, side of Jesus.

GODS KNOW YOU

Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by god. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not be afraid you are worth more than many sparrows.   Luke 12: 6-7

How many people that you know, knows how many strands of hair you have ? Wait, even you don’t know how many hair you have.  (this statement does not apply if you are bold or if you are Homer Simpson) Gods love for you is so big, that he knows exactly how many hair you have . It goes beyond what you can see and feel.  Go look at yourself in the mirror and try to see how many hair you have . If that does not work, feel your hair , still got  that count? Probably not.    But God knows exactly how many hair strands you have, because he is your creator. He loves you so much, that every single part of your body is noticed and taken care of. But this also means, you cannot hide from God. Hiding things from others is something always do. But God notices everything. He knows he everything about you. Ever hair that is hidden underneath another hair can be seen by our God.

Generous

Luke 21 1-3

3. As he looked up, Jesus saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “I Tell you the truth,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. 
4. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”

By Generous, it means to give up something so much, where you don’t expect anything or at least the equal value in return. This verse really hits home when it comes to the difference between giving and being generous.  As children of God, we must realize the difference between these two.  We are familiar with the giving, but the real question are you being generous. In this passage, the wealthy gave, but they gave out of their pockets but not from their bank account.To be more specific, they are giving around 10%. As we read, we see a women that is not only poor, but also a widow, giving up 100%. Generous can be a really hard to thing to do  in our own lives, sometimes we overlook it, and conform with the 10% rule.  Not only the widow just went through a loss of her husband, but during hardest part of her life, she gave up. The best thing about this is, Jesus took notice.

It’s understandable in tough times like today, its hard to give.  But the generosity is not limited to money. You can be generous by giving up your time , energy and  talents.

As  children , we must remember to be humble and generous. God has imprinted the trait of being generous to all of his children. Remember God has made you in his own image, so being a humble and generous is part of who you are. Its imprinted in your heart, it does not go away. Unless if you hide it.  So if  we are not generous  and humble in our own life, we are not allowing his light to shine. And that is not his purpose.

We must remember, all the good things you have in life, is not because you earned it. It exist because he gave.
Because he loves you and cares for you and he wants you to be happy.

I want you to take  the next 1 minute, and reexamine your own lives. If you believe you are humble and generous, good for you. But if you believe, you lack in either of these. I have good news for you,  in the Bible it says Gods mercy is new every morning.   Once you are done with the self examination, I want to pray for you guys and myself, especially for the youth. We go through so much in our lives, we tend to forget and overlook of being humble and generous. When I pray , pray with me and ask God if you can experience and live   life of humbleness  and generous.

Humble Yourself – Psalm 149:4

Psalm 149:4 ;
“For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory”

This particular psalms can be broken down into two sections.

The first section talks about our Gods delight in his  people.  The keyword here is “delight” .In this verse, the word “delight” joins the Lord and his people. The Question that you have to ask yourself today  , are you “his people”? If you are , good news! God seeks you and has pleasure from you.  Just like our  worldly fathers have delight in their own kids, our father in heaven has delight for us. God  loves to watch his children  play around , go to school, go to work and do many other things. He is looking at you right now with great pleasure, seeing his own child reading his or her bible. Trying to understand his or her  father. All these things, makes our God happy! So you should be  Happy! So when you go to work or school, know that he is looking at you, and make sure whatever you do , brings God pleasure.

The second section  mentions crowning of the humble.   Humble is state of being low , realizing you are nothing. Its only by Gods grace and mercy that you have life and everything that it offers . Everything you have in life, is given by god. When something great happens in your life, humble yourself, and avoid boasting yourself  to others. Everything you gain on earth is not worth boasting.  Jesus is the ultimate example of showing humbleness.  Thou he was the son of God, the king of all kings, creator of the universe and everything in it, he came to earth in the most humble way. He was not born in a palace , or in a hospital. Jesus was born in a Manger. A place that was probably dirty and unclean.  When you are in a state, where you feel you deserve praises from others, like when you hit the game winning shot, or  when you get a promotion, realize that God gave it you, humble yourself. If it wasn’t for Gods delight in you, you would not have received it. When you humble yourself, God himself will give you a crown. A crown of victory. Its the ultimate crown.

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