Opportunity & Opposition

“for a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries” (1 Corinthians 16:9).

There are two kingdoms that govern this world. There is a kingdom of light, which we are ruled by, when we surrender our lives to God. There is the kingdom of darkness which governs principalities, powers, the rulers of darkness of this world and spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12). The devil has been described as the Prince of the world system. He has also been referred to the Prince of the air or the god of this world (Ephesians 2:2; 2 Corinthians 4:4). These two world systems stand in direct opposition to each other. God created the heavens and the earth and he is the all powerful God.

The devil sought to wrestle control from God, which resulted in him being cast out of heaven. “You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north” (Isaiah 14:13). Satan fell down from heaven like lightning and with his fall we have been given authority, to trample over every power of darkness. We are in this world but not of this world. Our assignment on earth is to advance the kingdom of God. As we work to advance the kingdom, God will open doors of opportunity for us. We can anticipate adversaries with each opportunity.

This is the type of resistance, which Paul and the other disciples experienced, as they sought to advance the kingdom of God. This is the resistance, which led to Jesus being crucified, because the forces of darkness sought to stop the work of Calvary. The good news is that even Jesus’s death could not stop the plan of God. In fact, the devil played into the hands of God and worked to accomplish God’s purpose. Jesus’s death led to his resurrection, ascension and the salvation of the world.

The world hates us because it hated Jesus and we are born of God and the Holy Spirit lives in us. Resistance is often a sign of demonic interference and new opportunities. When we are fully armoured, we are dangerous to the kingdom of darkness. Although Paul faced many adversaries and opposition, he accomplished his assignment. “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9).


18 thoughts on “Opportunity & Opposition

  1. “We can anticipate adversaries with each opportunity.” Indeed this goes with the territory!! If we find that we aren’t having to press past satan’s adversarial roars and his minions in this world, then we probably aren’t doing much towards kingdom building🤭

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      1. Hey Anneta! Temps here this week will range from 99-103 through Sunday. I am going to be hiding inside with some ice tea and/or strawberry lemonade!🥵
        Yesterday I rembered I bought my kids popsicles…so we opened those up and tried every flavor🥶

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  2. Great word which removes anxiety often associated with Christians who believe they should not fall into trials just because they are children of God.
    Trials and resistance will actually increase in the world because we are operating contrary to the dictates of this fallen world.
    Great word

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  3. ‘…….even Jesus’s death could not stop the plan of God’…Jesus’s death was all part of God’s plan. Therefore, it’s just a reminder of the depth of His love for us 🙂🙏🏿❤️ From the beginning until now, He never changes.

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