THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: GOD’S AGENDA FOR OUR LIVES IS GOING TO BE OPPOSED, DON’T BE SURPRISED WHEN IT HAPPENS. (Part 1) Being part of a church that is striving to take the Gospel to the nations means something very profound in the spiritual realm…it means we are a very REAL AND PRESENT DANGER to the spiritual hierarchy of Satan. The devil hates the church…but even more so when that churches strives to cross boundaries and borders. His objective would be to contain us within the four walls of the church…he would still hate us, but not so much. Now that we are a threat we can expect opposition, WE DEAL WITH IT. The way we deal with it is THROUGH FAITH, WITH THE WEAPOLNS THAT GOD HAS PROVIDED. We, of course know; [1 John 4:4b] “…He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” There is a spiritual dimension to much of the trouble we face in life. The Apostle Paul confessed: [2 Corinthians 12:7b] “…a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me…” The word ‘buffet’ means to strike a blow against. Satan’s objective would be to SHOCK US INTO QUITTING…but of course, we expect the devil to hit back…we take it, strike our own blows and move on, never giving one inch of ground we have gained. So, as they say…’THAT’S LIFE, DEAL WITH IT’. Nobody in any kind of contest, competition or battle expects it to be easy because there is an opponent who also wants to win. Never have the stakes been higher for us, as the Church of Jesus Christ, to be ready at all times to deal with whatever opposition comes our way. The souls of men and women are at stake. GOD’S AGENDA FOR OUR LIVES IS GOING TO BE OPPOSED, DON’T BE SURPRISED WHEN IT HAPPENS.
– Pastor Stephens