We’ve all had opposition in our lives right? I think that is pretty much a given… So, moving onto the next question. How do you let opposition affect you when you are on the path in life? I’m here to tell you, I’ve not always done so well with opposition. I’ve always been a people pleaser, if you will. I want to make a good impression and not “rock the boat”. However, life has changed an awful lot for me in recent years and I no longer feel the same. This is my story, my goal and I hope and pray it will move and affect you in your journey!
I always had it in my mind that if I wanted to be a good Christian gal that it somehow meant pleasing everyone, not getting others upset and going with the flow as if not to cause disruption in someone else’s life. Let me tell you, that is likely some of what caused me to go in the wrong directions I went in as I grew up and was able to start making choices for my own life. Adulthood that is. What I just described is not easy to live up to and so I ran in the opposite direction to try to “find myself”. Thankfully, I eventually learned what I needed to and that the choices I was making weren’t any easier either. I finally hit the bottom and realized I needed Jesus in my life to get things going in the right direction…but not on the terms I once understood to be His…instead learning His terms and a little secret called “Boundaries.”
See, Jesus knew all along that He wasn’t about pleasing others. He had a mission in life and He was determined to follow the path regardless of if and who it might offend. He knew the path He needed to take and if people got in the way, He kept walking to His goal. If others opposed what He was on His way to do, He simply dealt with it and moved onward. And I thank the Lord each day that He lived just in this manner. For it He had not, He likely would have never made it to the cross and never would have died for my sins that I might have eternal life in Heaven with Him someday! Because He followed the path He was called to regardless of what others thought, supported Him or not, I am FREE today and the hurts and harms that I have had and have in my life no longer have to stand in the way if I so choose.
So today I ask of you…What is it in life that you are sensing, feeling, hearing from God in your spirit and in your soul that you need to press on toward? Let me give you a word that you may need to hear. Stay the path! Do not steer off the path you need to follow. Let Him be your guide and do not allow any opposition to stand in your way! Others may question you, even doubt what you dream. Do not let them determine your destiny for you! If you feel that you right in line with what God has directed and you know that you are sensing His Holy Spirit with you…do not allow others to challenge it. He has a plan for you and expects you to allow no others to stand in the way. If you are destined to greatness, it will take this type of action to get there. And friends, I tell you this…if you are destined for greatness, I guarantee you have others in the path all along the way that need you to make to the end goal! There will be lives changed, lives Unchained and lives that will be called to greatness all along the way! I’ve never known a story of God to work in any less than the multitudes and if you are called to greatness…you are just the same!
Now for the scriptures:
“A huge door of opportunity for good work has opened up here. (There is also mushrooming opposition.) ”
I Cor. 16:9 MSG
“Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size–abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.”
2 Cor. 12:10 MSG
“We had just been given rough treatment in Philippi, as you know, but that didn’t slow us down. We were sure of ourselves in God, and went right ahead and said our piece, presenting Gods’ Message to you, defiant of the opposition.”
2 Thessalonians 2: 2 MSG
“Even if you suffer for it, you’re still better off. Don’t give the opposition a second thought.”
1 Peter 3:14 MSG
Be prepared…There will be opposition in your path, on the journey. You’ve got to be crazy to think that anything so great of an outcome would be so easy…just because God called you to it doesn’t mean the road will be smooth sailing! It means it will be tougher than any other road you choose in life…because the outcome is devastating to the enemy and He will put up every roadblock possible to get you to stop! Do not retreat…do not give up!
Stay the path and the Lord is sure to be by your side. It may not seem He is there but He is there every step of the way. Do not allow fear or what looks to be failure set a stone in your way…if it does, start working on moving the stone aside that you may continue on the path. Be prepared! Take humility, pride, and even weapons for defense along the way. If you are not prepared in your mind and heart that they will be there, you will be shocked and surprised when they pop up. But, if you are prepared to defeat them, they will be of no surprise and although it may take you some new strategy here and there, you will recognize the battle and be ready to fight it as necessary! Remember, friend or foe, no matter what the reasoning to oppose you (jealousy, fear of defeat, questioning of your motives and so on) it is not their journey…they are not called to it. Stay the path and you will be blessed!