Ministry isn't for weaklings, wimps or the faint of heart. It takes courageous church leaders who follow Jesus.
Christians all over the world are suffering in ways you never will.
But what is it costing you to follow Christ?
It's unlikely you'll ever face violent oppression.
But you deal with opposition every single day, either in your church or in the broader culture as it becomes more and more secularized and anti-Christian.
No matter where you're from, when you are faced with opposition in ministry, it's natural to feel afraid.
So how do you get rid of the fear of opposition?
How do you get rid of the fear of disapproval?
How do you get rid of the fear of being rejected?
You need to be filled with God's love.
The Bible says there's no fear in love and that perfect love casts out all fear (see 1 John 4:18).
When you face opposition, focus on God's love for you.
People who rest in the assurance of God's love aren't afraid of rejection. They aren't afraid of disapproval.
The Bible says in 1 Peter 3:14-15 (NLT), "If you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don't worry or be afraid of their threats. Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it."
There are two choices when you feel pressured as a church leader: You can worry, or you can worship.
That means you either panic or pray.
You can focus on the problem and the pressure—or you can focus on God.
That's what worship is—focusing on God.
When you face opposition, worship instead of worry.
The Saddleback Worship team has just released a new song titled "Heaven on Earth," available in both English and Spanish.
Whatever you're doing right now—take a moment to slow down and spend time with God.
Reflect on what you just read, and enter into a place of worship with Him. Click on the version you prefer and enjoy!
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