For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries. 1 Corinthians 16:9 (NKJV)
Paul is at Ephesus when he was writing this and there was a great door of opportunity opened to him. This means that his ministry was especially fruitful during this time. What happened as his ministry began to bear good fruit? Satan inspired people to rise up in opposition. If I’m reading this properly then this would take place around Acts 19. In Acts 19 there is a near riot that takes place because so many people are being saved that the idol makers were losing business. They didn’t mind Paul’s preaching so much when he was just a strange iterant minister. But the moment that his message began changing lives to the point their business was hurting everything changed. Satan inspired them to rise up in opposition to Paul.
Rest assured that there will be opposition to your service and devotion to Jesus. It’s doubtful that it’ll come in the form of a riot as it did in Acts, but it’ll come.
It could be in the form of a critic.
It could be in the form of a complainer.
It could be in the form of a discourager.
It could come in the form of someone who actively opposes you in what you are doing.
There are any number of ways opposition will come. I feel pretty confident in saying that most of us have experienced this and so we know about opposition. How do we prevent ourselves from being hindered by Satan’s roadblock?
We choose to press on. Many people when the face the roadblock of opposition will wonder if this is God trying to tell them to quit because they are doing something wrong. From what I see in Scripture, that is rarely the case. Instead, opposition is usually Satan’s way of saying that you are doing something right. Understand and expect that opposition to your service and devotion will come and choose to press on in the face of this opposition.