February 7, 2007
For a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.
--1 Corinthians 16:9
There are dozens of preachers today who claim that making a decision to follow Christ will mean that your life will be easier…or that you’ll be materially or monetarily blessed because you’re a Christian.
Well, I’m going to shoot straight with you. While the Christian life is full of God’s blessings, it’s also full of opposition. And many people become disillusioned when they encounter trials and difficulties as they walk with Christ.
If you attempt to do something in particular for the glory of God, you will discover opposition and confrontation.
In fact, as believers, we’re called to a life that will be filled with conflict. Because when the people of God attempt to lead and do great things in His name, the forces of evil will attempt to stop it by discouraging us. The devil is a liar, a murderer, an accuser of the brethren, and a destroyer! He will oppose you!
Perhaps today you’d admit that you’re a little discouraged by how difficult the Christian life can be. If so, I want to offer you a word of encouragement: The opposition you face is actually a sure sign that you’re doing something right! Because if the devil leaves you alone, that means you must not be worth trying to discourage!
When you set out to do something great and glorious for God, expect opposition. And take heart with these words from Romans 8:31, “If God is for us, who can be against us?”
if the devil is on your case, it’s a sign you’re doing something right!