Scripture Reading: 1Thessalonians 2:2
Welcome to today’s devotional. In today’s scriptural reading, Paul reflects upon his past ministry in Thessalonica. Notwithstanding, having been called by God to enter the Macedonian mission field (Acts 16:9-10), Paul and Silas had been brutally beaten and chained in a Macedonian prison (in Philippi). It took courage and selfless commitment to God’s voice/purpose for the missionaries to continue to proclaim Christ in that region. Apostle Paul was inspired with a holy boldness; he was not discouraged at the afflictions he met with, or the opposition that was made against him. Note: Suffering in a good cause should rather sharpen than blunt the edge of our holy resolution and mission. The gospel of Christ, at its first setting out in the world, met with much opposition, so is it even today.
Dear friends in Christ, some believers are in for trouble already with persons and groups for taking stands with God’s direction, for standing up for the faith and for the truth. Opposition to our God-given visions and missions should not cause us to give up. Opposition to our miracles and breakthroughs should not discourage us from the path of faith. Opposition to holy living should not make us to deride from holiness of life. For us to succeed, we must learn the art of progressing in the face of opposition from our Master Jesus. Jesus is a professor in this art of progress in the face of opposition. Jesus experienced opposition and rejection from birth at Bethlehem to death at Calvary. “Custodians of the ancient tradition could not stomach the new, unorthodox teachings from this young rabbi who came from nowhere. He defiled their laws, exposed their hypocrisy, and challenged their authenticity.” The Chief Priest, the Pharisees, the Scribes and the Sadducees, all aligned against him. Jesus’ oppositions tenaciously opposed the miracles he worked and the teachings he gave. However, in spite of this great opposition Jesus still fulfilled his mission on earth. With perseverance, sincerity of purpose, humility, boldness, prayerful connection with heaven and help of the Holy Spirit, Jesus emerged victorious from the opposition mounted against him.
Child of God, Blind Bartimaeus in Mark 10:46-52 received opposition before he got his miracle; Nehemiah in Nehemiah 4 was vehemently opposed when he set out to rebuild the temple; Joseph was opposed by his own brothers, when he revealed his dream about the future; John the Baptist was opposed by the power that be, when he spoke the truth as God’s prophet; Daniel was opposed for standing for the living God. In all, these great men were faithful to their prayers, to their mission and to the truth of their faith. With perseverance, humility and boldness they got their miracles, fulfilled their missions and were victorious over the opposition. When God gives visions, dreams, missions, or when you desire a miracle, oppositions will emerge, but with perseverance, prayer, humility, boldness, sincerity as your weapon, you shall come out victorious. For those who walk with God always receive their miracles and fulfill their destinies.
- Thank God for the gifts, vision, mission, etc., He has given you.
- Oh God, I pray that You grant me peace and support me on every side in the name of Jesus.
- Father, change me to conform to Your plan and purpose for my life in the name of Jesus.
- LORD, increase my joy; and let it overflow, even in the face of opposition in the name of Jesus.
- Oh God, deliver me from every evil plot against my life, prosperity and family, in the name of Jesus.
- I overthrow and overcome every conspiracy to take away from me, my job, business, contract, marriage, relationship or position in the name of Jesus Christ.
- I destroy every conspiracy to soil my good reputation in the name of Jesus.
- Father, I decree that all those who have been fighting against me, will begin to defend and favour me in the name of Jesus.
- Pray for all those who are being persecuted for standing for the truth.
- Pray with Psalm 35.
Exercise: Take the Prayer of St. Pio ‘Stay with me Lord’ twice today
Memory Verse: 2 Corinthians 11:25-26.