For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.      1 Corinthians 16:9

Open doors of service may also let in adversaries. Paul had many of both. As Paul wrote to the Corinthians from Ephesus, he was trying to determine where to go next. He chose to remain longer in Ephesus because of the open doors of service God granted him. Knowing that God had opened the doors of ministry, Paul was not going to leave, regardless of how many enemies he faced. We might assume that Paul would reach the opposite conclusion. In light of the opposition he faced, he could have concluded that it was best to serve in less hostile regions. Instead, Paul based his decisions on God’s activity rather than on what people were doing.

As you respond to God’s invitations, don’t be caught by surprise when adversaries try to thwart what you are doing. If you concentrate on your opponents, you will be sidetracked from God’s activity. Don’t base your decisions on what people are doing. They cannot prevent you from carrying out God’s will (Rom. 8:31). Many times the most rewarding spiritual work is done in the crucible of persecution and opposition. While Paul was in Ephesus, a riot broke out in reaction to his ministry. The city theater resounded with an angry mob who shouted for two hours in support of their god, “Great is Diana of the Ephesians!” (Acts 19:23-41). Despite this fierce rejection of the gospel, Ephesus became one of the chief cities from which the gospel spread throughout Asia.

It takes spiritual discernment to see beyond human activity to God’s will. As you seek places of service, look beyond what people are saying to find what God is doing.

  1. August 28

    As you seek places of service, look beyond what people are saying to find what God is doing.

    AMEN!!! Give me strength Holy Jesus!!!

  2. August 28


    Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”
    Isaiah 30:21 NIV

    See where God’s at work and be obedient! Don’t be moved by your feelings but by His word! Paul was such a great example for us all.. The more your choose to live above for feelings the stronger your FAITH grows.

  3. August 29

    This is a timely message for me personally concerning the Ministry. I am not discouraged bit nonetheless this is happening to me. I am being personally attacked, calling me a liar, and saying that I don’t care. And how can I be called a Pastor..etcetera. These are attacks by Satan and they are to be expected.
    There are people whi are filled with bitterness, even Christians, who will be used of the enemy to slander the work of God in you. They have no idea about what your daily life consists of , they don’t understand, and they think that every Pastor is abundantly rich in financial wealth. So, I no longer get angry towards these people, rather I turn them over to the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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