Ezra 4:4 Opposition Will Happen

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Then the peoples around them set out to discourage the people of Judah and make them afraid to go on building. Ezra 4:4 

Doing something great will often have some great challenges to make happen. Beyond just the challenges of knowing how to do something great is the opposition that can occur.

Men and woman who are striving to do something great are often told that they are crazy and should not try to do it. The reason they are told that they are crazy and shouldn’t do it is for several reasons. Sometimes it is so different that others think it cannot really be done, and one should not waste it time trying. Other times it is out of fear of it actually working and getting done.

The Israelites had been put into captivity in Persia, yet, were given direct permission from the king of Persia to go to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple to God. As they had begun to do the work, the people around them worked hard to stop them. They tried to discourage them from finishing the work that they had started to do.

Fear of Christians accomplishing something is still around to this day. The world is an enemy to Jesus and does not want Him or His followers to ever accomplish anything. The thing that believers do is following and obeying God. They are working to build God’s kingdom here on this earth.

Any time a believer is doing God’s will, Satan and this world will rise up in opposition. He does not want the believer to be successful, because it means it will be his downfall. The world does not want it, because they can feel God’s judgement upon their lives in seeing the lives of believers.

God has or will call you to do something for His kingdom. It may be building a new temple or it may just be a simple thing of telling someone about Jesus. Either way it is doing something for Him.

As soon as you begin to do what God has asked of you, the world will begin to attempt to discourage you and stop you. They may say it is a waste of time and that it won’t work with just words. Or they may be physically violent against you.

Do not be surprised. There was opposition to the Israelites and against Jesus. You will receive opposition. Stay true to God and do what He has given you to do. Don’t be discouraged, God is with you.

I pray today that you will know the mission God has for you; that you will not be discouraged; that you will stay true to God; that God will give you strength to do His work; and that you be His witness.

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Romans 12:2 Change Your Mind

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Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2

A person’s mind is a powerful thing. It can control how a person acts very quickly. It can give a person power to do something, or has the power to keep a person from doing something.

It is the mind that thinks about fear of something. Many people throughout the world live in a constant spirit of fear. It could be fear of failure, fear of letdown, or fear of others. When there is fear, it paralyzes a person from getting something done that needs to be done.

After fear is the thought that one can do anything on his own. Many people in this world believe this way. They feel that they have full control of their own lives and their own destinies.

God does not want His people to have any fear, because He is perfect love and perfect love casts out all fear. And God does not want anyone to do anything completely on his own. 

God is seeking a relationship with all people. He wants to be with them to guide them and strengthen them. God wants His people to lean on Him and trust Him.

There are many believers who struggle with fear and with the belief that they can do everything on their own. They are not relying upon God.

In order to change this, there must be a transforming of the mind, a change of the way the mind is thinking. This can only be done by actively focusing upon God and allowing Him to change the mind.

Knowing God’s word will allow the believer to change his mind to what God is saying, not what the world is saying. It will allow God’s love to penetrate the mind and transform the way it is thinking. Fear will be pushed out. Selfishness will be pushed out.

As you look at your life, think about how you think. What is your mind focusing on? Is it focusing on the failures, mistakes, others, or fear of failure?

Or is your mind focused on God and His power, abilities, love, and faithfulness?

Do not allow your thinking to be like the world’s thinking. Allow God to change your way of thinking.

I pray today that you will know God’s word; that you will allow the Holy Spirit to guide your life; that you will allow God to change the way you think; and that you will know God’s perfect love and faithfulness to you.

Mark 14:36 Not My Will

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“Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” Mark 14:36

After predicting His death, Jesus took some of the disciples and went to a place to pray alone. He was in great sorrow knowing what was about to happen. Jesus knew that with God anything was possible, so He asked if it would be possible to change what He had to do. However, He finished His prayer with saying it was up to God to do what He wanted to do.

In the workplace there should always be one person who is the head boss at all times. This is the person who has the final say in what happens in the workplace. All the workers under that person are supposed to follow all of his orders.

Many times some of the other workers do not like what the boss or manager says and try to do their own thing, without permission. When this happens, often there is chaos or mistakes are made. Managers will often give a few warnings and then fire a person from the job, who does not want to follow the commands.

People often put God in a box and do not allow Him to be in complete control. They will look at a few verses in the Bible and then demand that God must do something a certain way. They think that they know what is best for their lives and that God must work that way. If He doesn’t work that way, they get upset.

God always sees the bigger picture. He knows what is best for you and for everyone else in this world, all at the same time. As a human being, you only see the here and now. Your vision is very limited. What you ask for may look good for you and others involved, but God may see something that shows it is not the best.

If God would have chosen to remove the crucifixion from Jesus, then there would be no salvation available for you or anyone else today. God chose that path with you in mind and knew it was the best way for Jesus to love everyone in this world.

As you pray today, ask God to do what He thinks is best–His will. Do not force Him to do your will.

I pray today that you will know what God’s will is; that you will allow God to do what He desires; that you will trust God’s will for your life; and that you will not fear what God brings in your path.