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“Then asked we those elders, and said unto them thus, Who commanded you to build this house (temple), and to make up (finish) these walls? We asked their names also, to certify (inform) thee, that we might write the names of the men that were the chief of them. And thus they returned us answer, saying, We are the servants of the God of heaven and earth, and build the house that was builded these many years ago, which a great king of Israel builded and set up.”

Ezra 5:9-11

We began our church’s addictions ministry, Freedom That Lasts, in February 2015, and I was in no hurry to get it started. I wanted to hold onto my Friday nights a little bit longer, and I made the excuse that we needed a song leader. I have led singing before, but it is not my forte, and I simply used it as an excuse. I did not know much about an addictions ministry, but a lack of knowledge on any given subject has never stopped me before. I had no degree in such things, and I had no formal or specific Bible training. I was willing to do the work that needed to be done, and I was grateful that I was asked to do so. I thought this ministry would be welcomed with open arms, but this was not always the case.

Early on, I was asked what qualifications I had to run such a ministry like this, and I responded that I had none. I am grateful an ensuing question did not come such as “then why are you leading such a ministry?”, even though I could see the wheels turning in the mind of the person asking me the question. I guess they were dumbfounded at my answer and were not ready for the follow up. I have had some ask other things along the way, questioning the ministry and why we did things a certain way. I usually had answers for these type of questions, even though they puzzled me. I wanted to say “hey, we are on the same team”, even though I was not assured that we always were.

I have learned in any ministry that you are involved with that there will be people who will question your motives, qualifications, and methods. I imagine some people mean well, while others just specialize in the ministry of antagonism. They want to question you on every front and provide opposition. We are told in Ephesians 6:12, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Satan is our real enemy, and he is the one seeking to oppose God’s work and rob us of our joy in serving. We must remember those who do nothing for God receive no opposition as Satan does not need to hinder a work that is dormant and doing nothing. We must also remember that we are the servants of God and it is He whom we serve.

We must not get offended when we face opposition, even from within our own ranks. We must remember the purpose and job God has called us to and keep our eyes on the eternal prize. We do not work for the praise of man, but we work for the honor and glory of our God. It is from Him we want to hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” God is the One who is our Boss, and He is the One who qualifies us. Without Him we can do nothing, but with Him we can do all things He has called us to do. God has enabled me to do things beyond my imagination, and He has been faithful to equip me in all things He has called me to, including running an addictions ministry. We must stay at work in what He has called us to do, and we must never forget that “if God be for us, who can be against us?”
Are you discouraged in the work God has called you to do? Do you face opposition? Do you hear the enemy whispering in your ear to stop? There is no retirement in God’s work, but there is only a reassignment or a calling-home ceremony. We are the servants of the most high God, and we have a work to do. May we remain faithful in adverse situations as Satan desires to discourage and destroy. It is God who fights for us and it is from Him we long to hear those words of approval when our race comes to an end. Stay faithful and in the fight!

Stay in the Fight!

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