Looking for no opposition?

Readings  I Corinthians 16 – 2 Corinthians 2  

     

How would you like to take this baby around the track?  After these great mechanics were done, would you have any worries?

Dear fellow drivers,

 I was watching some of the Daytona 500 trials on the news last night, and saw Waltrip’s car get slightly bumped and took him out of one of the trials.  Looks like he barely made it in on the last row of this weekends race.  Anyway, I have not been real into NASCAR or other racing, yet it is interesting watching for the drivers to look for opportunities to pass another car.  The window of opportunity is quite small at times at certainly not without risks, as you can see by the multiple crashes that occur.

It is interesting in our Christian walk that we often look for windows of opportunities to serve.  Often times it seems that we when see that opportunity open up we assume that it will be free from any opposition.  There will not be hindrances, so it will be very clear what we are to do.  That may not be true. 

Maybe it is a little more like NASCAR.  When are in the race, and as we are going along, there will be opportunities to share and serve, that are filled with opposition.  So, we should not look for a peaceful road, or one not with difficulties.

Listen to the following verses written by Paul.  Look at the open doors, that were not free from opposition, or that required standing firm in the midst of Satan’s schemes.

1 Corinthians 16:8-9 (NASB95)
8 But I will remain in Ephesus until Pentecost;
9 for a wide door for effective service has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.

1 Corinthians 16:13-14 (NASB95)
13 Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.
14 Let all that you do be done in love.

2 Corinthians 1:8-11 (NASB95)
8 For we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our affliction which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life;
9 indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead;
10 who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, He on whom we have set our hope. And He will yet deliver us,
11 you also joining in helping us through your prayers, so that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the favor bestowed on us through the prayers of many.

2 Corinthians 2:10-11 (NASB95)
10 But one whom you forgive anything, I forgive also; for indeed what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, I did it for your sakes in the presence of Christ,
11 so that no advantage would be taken of us by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes.

 Even with our enemies scheming, we can find victory!

2 Corinthians 2:14-17 (NASB95)
14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.
15 For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing;
16 to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life. And who is adequate for these things?
17 For we are not like many, peddling the word of God, but as from sincerity, but as from God, we speak in Christ in the sight of God.

Are you looking for an opportunity to serve that will be free from any obstacles?  Stop looking and start serving, sharing, reaching out!

Put on your helmet, your helmet of salvation that is!

Ephesians 6:10-20 (NASB95)
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.
11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.
12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.
14 Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS,
15 and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE;
16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
17 And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,
19 and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel,
20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

See you out there on the track,

Steve

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