1 Corinthians 16:9
For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.
I’ve been a student of the Bible for 45 years but actually discovered this verse 22 years ago.
A lot of spiritual things were happening in my life and I was voraciously searching the Bible for answers.
It really applied to what was going on and helped me.
It gave me understanding on how some things work – someone is always going to stand against you.
That sounds very pessimistic but it’s true.
It doesn’t matter if it’s spiritual, secular, religious, business, or whatever – someone will speak against what you do.
The real shame of it, mine was spiritual and members of the church, I pastored at the time, opposed me.
Truth is it’s happened twice in the same way.
When God opens a door, people try to shut it.
As you read the Bible, you discover this happens over and over to those God is dealing with and speaking through.
Remember the day of Pentecost? The Holy Spirit fell, the disciples preached the word of God, and someone in the crowd claimed they were all drunk.
The disciples pushed forward and so should you and I.