Philippians 1:28
Not Afraid

28 And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God.

There will always be opposition from without. Our responsibility is to “stand fast” and maintain the unity we have. That means we are not to retreat from our commitment to God’s truth we hold. A calmness and confidence under pressure is a confirmation of what is right. It is also a warning of coming destruction to those who fight against God. The truth of salvation preached by those who labor in the Gospel is a guard of the unity of those who gather in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ alone. There is no room for compromise nor accommodation because we speak on behalf of Christ.

It comes – often in ways unexpected – unthought of
It comes – from sources very diverse – unaccountable
It comes – in times of joy and sorrow – unannounced
But when opposition comes I have no reason to fear.

I may not know why – because we truly wanted to bless
I may not understand the cause of this present distress
I may not know the extent – but I will not be depressed
Even when opposition and adversaries are near.

Often it happens to give clarity to reason
Often God allows it to purify me for a season
Often it may be misunderstood but it is not treason
Because opposition comes to make reality clear.

Satan sends it because he wants God’s purposes to defeat
Unbelievers promote it, trying to make the Gospel to retreat
Some believers oppose not really knowing what they seek
It altogether proves that God is working here.

I do not need to fear when opposition comes
I know some may come from near my home
I am sure opposition will prove reality to some
So without fear I’ll move forward good news to bear.

“God of all comfort: I thank Thee this morning for giving the needed grace to go through the times of opposition without fear. I must confess I have been disappointed in the sources of some opposition but I am thankful for the clear guidance by Thy Holy Spirit through the scriptures. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.”

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