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Expect Opposition

Expect Opposition

Jesus offered a crash course in ministry to the seventy in Luke 10:1-24. In one compact leadership seminar He taught them the salient points that must be considered when answering the call to ministry by God’s standard. This is one of the greatest mysteries of the Kingdom of God that few people realize is so obvious in the Bible. In fact, Jesus first gave a similar ministry training seminar to His disciples in Luke 9:1-6. In this chapter from my book; "Mysterious Kingdom Of Heaven", we will witness the mysteries of ministry revealed by Jesus during His time as a man on the earth. Click here for Part 2 - What's Your Vision?

Luke 10:2&3 - Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.

What’s a good ministry without stiff opposition? I hope you don’t think that you’re going to walk into this perfect stage of your life in ministry without someone trying to stop you? The wolves are part of the package. This life includes constant warfare between the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of this world. At no point does the enemy overlook an individual with enough brevity to step forward in ministry.

I once thought that strict obedience to the Word of God would prevent the accusations of the enemy but I was totally wrong. He is a relentless foe and as a result, we should be just as relentless. We should never assume that he is taking a break even when things seem to be calm around us. Always be wary of his plans and never get complacent.

John 16:33 - These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Jesus told us to expect trouble in this world but He also offered Himself as peace. It’s important to have a very strong relationship with God if you plan to survive the trials that come with ministry. The world is a very rough place and it’s designed for the survival of the fittest. A weak heart is the recipe for failure. Don’t expect the world to like what you are doing even if it looks like they initially do. They are still wolves, whether or not they look or sound like sheep.

John 15:18 - If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.

James 4:4 - Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

Jesus was hated by the world. He came to earth to give His life for the world and they still hated Him. In fact, even though hindsight is 20-20 and we all know what Jesus did for the world, they still hate Him. Therefore, they will hate you! That's why, anytime you are active in ministry and they seem to really like you something is wrong. Either you’re not doing your job or they have something sinister up their sleeves. Sometimes, they push ministers to the top of the world and if they fall, the same world is quick to say, “I told you so” and step all over them.

If people hate Jesus but love you it’s important to judge yourself. You might need to spend some time looking into the mirror of the Word of God at your reflection to ensure that nothing is wrong. I’ve been to several discussion forums and have read some of the nastiest things said about precious men of God. People are so jealous of the success of ministers today that they make accusations of impropriety against even those who are obedient to the Spirit of God.

Matthew 5:11 - Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

Psalms 2:4 - He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision.

It really is amazing to hear some of the things that come out of the mouths of the critics. Do they really think that their words can stop what God is doing? I hope not, because while they assume success, the entire host of heaven is laughing at them. Sometimes, I also like to do a little laughing myself. It really is good medicine to laugh at the “haters” because if you let them frustrate you, it is your fault. I let critics entertain me with their ramblings and join the laughter with my Heavenly Father. One of these days, they will have to acknowledge the truth, whether they like it or not. Expect opposition!

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