Summary: When God is about to do significant things for you or through you, you’ll face significant opposition. Every door that God will open for you won’t come that easy; it will bring an avalanche of spiritual attack with it.
I. The Master Plan of Destiny
Psalm 115:14-15 The LORD shall increase you more and more, you and your children. Ye are blessed of the LORD which made heaven and earth.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Genesis 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
II. The Challenge
1 Corinthians 16:9 “For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.”
When God is about to do significant things for you or through you, you’ll face significant opposition. Every door that God will open for you won’t come that easy; it will bring an avalanche of spiritual attack with it. The more effectual the door, the greater the opposition. When you experience great adversity, know for sure that a great door is about to break open. Don’t be naïve.
You’d think that, after pursuing, seeking, knocking and breaking open the door, its opening will eventually mark your rest. No! God will open great doors, but watch out, for there will be many adversaries. You’ll have more enemies when things are working out for you than when they weren’t. There will be many times you will actually wonder if you weren’t better off without the open door. It’s as if, as the door opens, the adversaries were trapped on the other side of the door, as anxious to come out as you are to enter in. Friction – and heat – inevitably ensues. Be prepared for the opening of the door you’ve been desiring.
You’ll not walk into it smoothly. You will be opposed. It’s not a sign to retreat. It’s a road sign, telling you you’re on the right track. With the great door, will be much opposition. In fact, that’s one reason why God sometimes delays the opening of doors we’re knocking on; we may not be ready for the adversaries and opposition accompanied with it. Expect doors to open, but walk in, gun in hand, ready to shoot, because the room is occupied. You’ll need to drive the occupants out before you enjoy the room.
You are the glory of my strength: and in Your favour my horn shall be exalted.
III. Case Study
• Nehemiah (Nehemiah 6:1-14)
• Paul Acts (23:12-35)
• Peter (Acts 12: 1-6)
IV. The Solemn Vow (Promise)
Deuteronomy 7:8-10 But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations; And repayeth them that hate him to their face, to destroy them: he will not be slack to him that hateth him, he will repay him to his face.
Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him.
2 As smoke is driven away, so drive them away: as wax melteth before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.
3 But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God: yea, let them exceedingly rejoice.