24 Feb Adversity’s role in Advancement (Part 1)
Kingdom Dynamics Weekly (KDW) By Tunde Olugboji Vol 20:05
This week, we’ll begin a 2-part series as we examine some of the events in Acts 8. We’ll start with verses 3 and 4: As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison. Therefore, those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word.
The apostles were persecuted, and the persecution led to their dispersal. It was the persecution that shifted them from their base, it was the persecution that pushed them leave their location in Jerusalem to preach the gospel in different places, it was the persecution that caused Phillip to head for Samaria where he did great and mighty things using the name of Jesus.
Without persecution, maybe they would have been comfortable celebrating the outpouring of the Holy Spirit following the Pentecost, rejoicing that the church was growing, that people were being convicted by the Holy Spirit.
Maybe they would be busy reveling in the fact that influential opinion leaders like Cornelius were being converted. Or they could have been having a non-stop party commemorating what God was doing in their midst. Which would have been good, but they would have missed out on the heights God really wanted to take them.
But persecution by anti-Christian forces, led by Saul, who later became Paul, pushed them, oppression dislodged them, harassment hurried them off their daily routine, tyranny tossed them out of Jerusalem.
All the while, God was working to provide divine direction through their dispersal. Wow. Do you know that adversity may be the vehicle that drives you to your destiny? Not every shaking, setback, obstacle, impediment, delay, or hinderance is a bad thing. Do you know that a stumbling block could be a steppingstone?
Your persecutors could inadvertently be agents of God. Joseph’s brothers persecuted him, hoping to break him but their actions eventually made him. God turned their ungodly plot into something that propelled him into his purpose.
Maybe you recently lost something important like your job. One year from now you’ll be glad they fired you. As a door is being slammed in your face, God is holding ajar a more excellent door. If that boyfriend did not dump you, you wouldn’t have met who God destined you to marry. You may have to connect with your ex on Facebook to say thank you for breaking my heart, because by breaking my heart, you opened the door for me to meet who God destined for me.
Some of the things you are crying about now, you’ll sing, dance and rejoice about later. If you’ve faith as little as a muster seed, you will dry your tears and turn your mourning into dancing and say this is the day that the Lord has made, and I shall rejoice and be glad in it.
Can you declare as you are reading this: Had I not been afflicted I would not know the power of God; this week I will dance in front of shut doors and say look at what the Lord has done for me. In this month of February, God is opening doors of progress, of promotion, of new job, of good health, of wealth and nothing good shall God withhold from me.
Have a great week.