Many Adversaries

1 Corinthians 16:8-9: But I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost. 9 For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.

Having many adversaries does not mean the door is closed. God has more power than our adversaries.

Ephesians 6:12: For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Having unseen enemies does not mean the door is closed. God has more power than the unseen enemies.

2 Timothy 3:12: Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

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.

Persecution does not mean the door is closed. Whether God blesses because of persecution or in spite of it, blessing often comes with persecution.

1 John 4:4: Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

It is encouraging to note that the overcomers are called little children and not giants of the faith. It is also encouraging that have overcome them is in the past tense. Obstacles God has overcome in the past should help us to believe He will overcome obstacles in the future. We should not pass over the most important phrase in the verse: Ye are of God. That truth makes all the difference.

Frances Ridley Havergal:
We have such a nice little quiet, shady corner in the vineyard, down among the tender grapes, with such easy little weedings and waterings to attend to. And then the Master comes and draws us out into the thick of the work, and puts us in a part of the field where we never should have thought of going, and puts larger tools into our hands, that we may do more at a stroke. And we know we are not sufficient for these things, and the very tools seem too heavy for us, and the glare too dazzling and the vines too tall. Ah! But would we dally, go back? He would not be in the shady corner with us now; for when He put us forth He went before us, and it is only by close following that we can abide with Him.

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