ARE YOU A THREAT?

But I will tarry in Ephesus until Pentecost. For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.
1 CORINTHIANS 16:8-9, NKJV
 
Angie and I entered the airport when suddenly she began to feel sick. “Honey, I don’t think I can go. I feel awful. I was fine driving down here,” she said. We stopped and prayed. She didn’t feel any better. She decided she would not go. Sadly, we said goodbye to one another.
 
About 30 minutes later I was sitting at the gate when Angie came running up to me. “I am coming with you,” she said.
“What happened?” I responded.
 
“I asked the Lord if I was to go and He said yes. So I am coming, despite the way I feel.”
We got onto the airplane and it was only a few minutes into the flight when she turned to me and said, “I feel fine now. I can’t believe how much better I feel.”
 
Angie and I began to recognize that this happens consistently whenever we go on our ministry trips. We have become increasingly aware of Paul’s admonition in Ephesians 6:12: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
 
How big of a threat are you to the kingdom of God? If you are pushing back the kingdom of darkness, chances are, you will have opposition in your life. The apostle Paul realized that as doors became open to him, so the adversaries in the spiritual realm were determined to thwart his activities.
 
Today, realize that you are in a physical and spiritual battle, and put on the armor of God. “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you” (James 4:7-8).

Hillman, O. (2011). Tgif: today god is first. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell.


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