by Rev Bassey Ekong
December 6, 2020
Make Yours a Larger Vision
Is your vision larger than Your Opposition? Jesus experienced many forms of opposition. There were people who continually schemed to make Him fail. There were those who liked to set Him up for a fall by asking Him trick questions. A crowd once tried to push Him off a cliff. The religious leaders plotted to kill Him. Do you think people call you names? They called Him names, too. They called Him demon-possessed, illegitimate, a glutton, and a drunkard. In Luke 7:34, it states, “The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!
How did Jesus overcome? How did He succeed in His vision? How did He finish the work His father had sent Him to do when He faced all that opposition? Jesus was able to remain composed through all those trials because what He had in His heart was bigger than all their threats, accusations, and insults. He knew how to persevere with a dream. Likewise, the vision in your heart needs to be larger than any opposition that comes against you so you can persist in your life’s purpose.
When a person knows his purpose, if trouble comes, he can smile and say, “This won’t last. With God, I’m tougher than this.” When you draw on God’s strength, you are tougher than your trials because you see them in a different light. You realize that every point of resistance to your vision gives you the opportunity to become wiser, not weaker. Let every opposing force strengthen you rather than stop you. Peter said that trials refine our faith and make us better. (See 1 Peter 1:7.) That is why we can say, “Bring on the challenges!” Note: When opposition comes against you, you should know; you have something the enemy doesn’t want mankind to benefit from, so he tries to discourage you to make you afraid and possibly, fail. When you understand the evil enterprise of the devil, you’ll be victorious. Therefore, let every opposition strengthen you rather than stop you.
prayer: Father, help me to persevere in my dream. Establish the vision in my heart so that it is bigger than any opposition that comes against me. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Today’s reading: Daniel 3-4; 1 John 5
Make Jesus Your Foundation.
Rev Bassey Ekong, Dip Ed, BSc. Ed, B. Ed, M. Ed is an educator/teacher of science on the high school panel of the local board of education in the Ottawa-Carleton region. He’s a psychology of learning specialist. A scholar, always learning, a writer, teacher and trainer, adviser board of directors and pastor of the Light of the Nations ministry international, a non-denominational ministry with its headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.