In the world but not of it

January 8, 2010


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There is a wide-open door for a great work here, although many oppose me. 1 Corinthians 16:9

When Paul wrote this verse he was in Ephesus. He was in a thriving pagan city, the largest Roman city in Asia Minor at the time. The gospel was taking root and unlike our current state of society, where Christianity has been rooted for nearly 2000 years, Paul had little to no history to go on.

The word for “oppose” in this verse comes from a Greek the term that begins with the four letters that spell “anti”…we know these four letters well since they represent something meaning contrary or against the tide.

The term speaks of an adversary. Not only someone who opposes us but someone who will stand up against us, someone who will lie against us just to make their point. The term is used with this emphasis in the verse. These are the conditions under which Paul lived in Ephesus.

These are the conditions many of us live in also. Perhaps we have not been a bold witness in our work place or to our family and therefore have not had this type of opposition. If you want to see this opposition take place then go to work tomorrow and share Christ with someone. You’ll notice quite quickly the spiritual warfare that is waiting to be wakened.

But the other side relates to those who are a witness, who do live in a way that challenges the mainstream. They have integrity, they show respect, they lead by example and nothing is to low or insignificant for them to attend to. They know WHOM they serve and why, and it is evident in their life.

Show me a person like that and I will show you the shadows of opposition that follow them…

Satan is the accuser of the brethren (Revelation 12:10) and is always ready to lie against us, to send those that will challenge us publicly. What do we do when this happens? Unfortunately many times we squirm away and retreat. We get discouraged and cry out to God…”WHY!”

We have the wrong perspective and expectation. There are wide open doors where the Lord has placed us in life but we know the opposition exists. We can go into the battle expecting to fight but not living in paranoia or in a defensive position.

We have been armed with the equipment needed (Ephesians 6) for this battle and we need to use it


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