How A Christian Responds to Opposition Day 2
Note the Attack Ignoring God’s Work: Acts 4.5-7
And it came to pass, on the next day, that their rulers, elders, and scribes, as well as Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the family of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem. And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, “By what power or by what name have you done this?”
There is nothing like seeing God work in very clear ways while seeing people completely ignore what He has done. Throughout the Gospel accounts of Jesus, we see Him perform healings while being attacked by people about working on the Sabbath. They completely ignore His miracles and attack anyway. One common way that the enemy attacks is by simply ignoring what God has done.
How do we respond to this kind of opposition by the enemy? How do we respond when the enemy helps people completely ignore the magnificent things God has done in our midst?
Note the Spirit-Filled Response: Acts 4.8
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders of Israel
It is a waste of time to fight a particular enemy with weapons that absolutely will not hurt him. If you fight the enemy in ways that will not hurt him, then you waste your time, energy and resources without doing anything to win victory over him.
When the enemy attacks us, we are wasting our effort to respond with natural means. When we do, we are playing right into his hands. When he attacks us in our finances, we fret, we use credit cards, we stop giving to God’s work and twenty other things we know are not God’s plan. Instead of winning victory, we strengthen the enemy.
When the enemy attacks our family, too often we respond with human wisdom. When attacked in the family, rather than calling a family prayer meeting, husbands withdraw, wives nag, children fight, and everyone is in trouble.
When the church is attacked, too often, rather than calling a prayer meeting, seeking God’s Word or coming together in sweet fellowship, we leave and go to another church, people gossip about what is happening, or people just stop coming. Rather than battling the enemy, we strengthen Him.