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Escape From Opposition! (4 of 9)
Series: Great Escapes
INTRO: No one likes opposition, not even Christians. It can be a very wearing experience when we are being opposed because of our testimony of faith. What often happens to us when we face opposition is that we become weary and faint! Sometimes this leads to depression (another sermon in the near future!). This robs us of the spiritual vitality God intends us to have in Him!
When we are confronted with opposition we need to take a larger look at the ordeal than just the present suffering; the God we serve does not abandon us in opposition even though for a time it may seem that the opposition is winning! God often reveals His power through the opposition we face. Stay faithful and confident during the pressure and you will find the time of rejoicing will arrive! "... weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning." (Psalm 30:5b)
ILLUS: A believer by the name of Frederick Nolan was fleeing from his enemies who were persecuting him in North Africa. Pursued by them over hill and valley with no place to hide he soon became exhausted and fell into a small cave ... discouraged over God's failure to deliver him from his oppressors! He laid there waiting for his enemies to come and kill him, desponded over the outcome of having lived for the Lord only to see his enemies win over him. As he lay inside the cave waiting to be taken and killed, he watched a spider at the entrance of the cave spin a web. Within the minutes that passed before the soldiers caught up to him, the spider had successfully spun a huge full and beautiful web over the entire entrance of the cave. Then he heard the soldiers outside, and he could hear them talking about checking the caves to see if he was hiding in one, including the one he was in ... but then he heard the leader of the soldiers say, "you may as well ignore looking in this cave ... if he had entered here this we ...
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