Think God Thoughts!

Let your mind stay on things that are good, wholesome, just and right.  Have the mindset of Christ, and think the thoughts of your Creator.

Finally, brothers and sisters, keep your thoughts on whatever is right or deserves praise:  things that are true, honorable, fair, pure, acceptable or commendable.

~~ Philippians 4:8


The joy of the Lord will keep you strong!  Think on these things.

~ Elder David Middleton

When Opportunity Breeds Opposition

Watch out for people who are absent during your struggle, but present during your success.  The favor of God can often reveal the truth within our inner circle, such as people we though were our friends, but really were not true friends.  When the favor of God is on our lives, and God is doing His work within us,  sometimes our friends don’t understand the shift that is taking place and soon begin to drift apart from the connection which we once thought was inseparable.  Often times, others will feel they are privileged to discuss details about our lives when they don’t really know who we truly are.  Those individuals will often broadcast our failures, but remain totally silent about our successes.

Favor has been reduced to a one-sided, enjoyable and destitute of trouble indulgence.   It is vastly important that we understand that when the favor of God is on our lives, things will not always be convenient.  My point is this — Favor Breeds Opposition.  Just because the favor of God is on our lives doesn’t mean we will be free from challenges.   However, we should be reminded of this very important fact.  Regardless of the current fashion of the matter, our present difficulty is going to be instrumental to our future happiness.   Romans 8:28-29 tells us that “all things work together for good for those who love God and for those who are called according to His purpose.”    We have be able to handle the oppositions that come with the opportunities.  It’s easy to handle favor, especially when things are going as we intended.   It’s dealing with the opposition that requires spiritual maturity.  In order to handle the next move of God, we have to resist retaliation.  In order to resist retaliation, it is important for us to know why the opposition is present from the start.  The pressure of opposition is usually caused by our successes and not our failures.  Opposition is usually created by our desires to constantly and consistently become better than we were before — to strive for greater heights in life — to go from glory to glory.  Don’t let the opposition keep you from growing.  To embrace the next move of God, we must be willing to pray with our problem.   When we pray, we give God earthly permission to enter our situation and give divine revelation to us about US!  It’s not just the problem that God wants to work out, but He also want to clear out the distractions and clutter in our lives and reveal His divine plan for us.  Jeremiah 29:11

Nehemiah rebuilding Jerusalem

Nehemiah Rebuilding Jerusalem

We must also build through the bitterness.   It is vital that we don’t let bitterness eat away at the opportunities in this life that God has planned for us.  God wants to know if we are going to be responsible when the opposition comes.  Will we trust Him or will we act as though God is not on our side?  Let’s come into agreement and decree today that we will choose to trust Him totally and completely.   “As soon as I heard these words I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven.”  Nehemiah 1:4

Notes for Post Prepared by Pastor Edward Stephens, III