What can we expect when we get it right? The Christian life can be tough. We are called by God to live a counterculture lifestyle. We are called to a life of radical holiness living in radical obedience to the living God. This can be tough, and none of us gets it right all the time. In Philippians 3:12-14 the Apostle Paul wrote, “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” So, what happens when we, like Paul are pressing on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of us?
We can expect opposition! Peter wrote these words in 1 Peter 5:8, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” If you find yourself walking in harmony with the Holy Spirit, if you find yourself loving and serving the Lord and His people, BE WATCHFUL! The enemy would love nothing more than to destroy you and the work God is doing in and through you.
One Pastor said it this way:
If you or your church is walking in the will of God, if you are taking back ground from the enemy be assured the enemy will fight back. Our response is not to cower in fear for we have not been given a Spirit of fear, but of Power, Love, and Self-Control (2 Tim. 1:7). Our response is to press in to the presence of the living God through the Holy Spirit and pray like we have never prayed before!
Holy God, Your Name is great and greatly to be praised! We pray by the Spirit in Jesus Name today against every evil spirit that has set themselves against us, our families, and the ministry You have called us to. May we walk today in Your power, with Your love, and in the fruit of self-control. We ask this blessings in Jesus Name, AMEN!