Don't Let Opposition Stop You from Serving Jesus. You Can Break Through!
Like Me, You Probably Don't Want to Stand Before God with a Handful of Excuses for Not Fulfilling Your Calling.
Hi, I'm Michael Christian. As a disciple of Jesus Christ, a pastor, and an author, I desire
to see you move forward unhindered to fulfill the work God called you to do,
so that the Lord's church may grow, and He may be glorified through you.
When I First Started Serving Jesus,
I Was Shocked by the Spiritual Opposition.
When I became a Christian, I just wanted my sins forgiven and to go to heaven when I died. I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior, believing I would never have another bad day. Was I naive!
You can probably guess what happened. It took a few months, but my slow-to-grasp-spiritual-things mind finally concluded that saying Yes to Jesus had painted a spiritual target on my back.
I discerned that I was in a war against an enemy I had never believed in, couldn't see, and knew nothing about. Thrust into this conflict without warning, I realized I had no training, no weapons, and little success.
Though I had recently graduated from college and was proud of it, I discovered to my dismay that I was Biblically illiterate and that my level of spiritual knowledge qualified me for kindergarten in the things of the Lord. When it came to facing the spiritual realities that I would have to deal with everyday for the rest of my life, my college studies were largely irrelevant.
I had to humble myself, admit my ignorance, and be willing to start school all over in this new frontier of wisdom.
My new life sprang up with joy, but the heat of misunderstanding and trouble tried to wither me before I could become grounded and established.
Plus, I found it hard to grow roots in Christ through the stony places of brokenness, pain, and self-centeredness in my heart.
I had to fight for my spiritual life, and I am thankful to those who prayed, pastored, and mentored me in those challenging early days.
I Got Mad at God!
At the time I accepted Christ as my Savior, I was vaguely aware that a spiritual realm surrounded me, but I knew next to nothing about it.
However, when I experienced evil attacking my mind in a way I had never known before, trying to destroy my life and damage my relationships, I was not happy, and I started questioning the Lord.
Why had He made things this way? Why was there evil? Why did there have to be an adversary? Why was I being attacked for trying to do the right thing for once?
I actually wondered if I was a “sacrificial pawn” in some cruel, cosmic chess match between God and the devil!
I didn't know how to defend myself, nor did I realize that God was not going to do all the fighting for me. Some battles I would have to fight for myself (with His help).
Only the Word of God was a light to my path, so I read the Word morning and evening, trying to get up-to-speed. I needed answers fast before my most important relationships fell apart under the stress, and some actually did.
I was so desperate to figure out what was going on that I asked a thousand questions about God, spiritual things, and the Bible.
Maybe You Can Relate to My Story in Some Way
I looked all over for a resource to help me understand what was happening, but all I could lay my hands on in those days was my Bible (which was all I needed) and a Strong's Concordance.
But I wished for a Bible-based book that laid out in a clear, comprehensive, and understandable way an explanation of spiritual realities, so I could get trained more quickly.
Perhaps you, too, have discerned that more is going on spiritually than meets the natural eye. You also want solid, Bible-based information that uplifts Christ and shows you how to fight the good fight of faith, without glorifying the devil. If that's you, I encourage you to keep reading.
I Prayed Intensely for God to Make Me
Wiser than My Spiritual Enemy
I was serious about overcoming these things because I did not want to be a doormat for this evil force that was attacking my mind constantly. Something within my spirit—the Spirit of God—urged me to rise up and put these things under my feet. I was willing, if only I knew how.
As if all this weren't enough, I suffered a serious concussion and was knocked unconscious in an accident on an oil rig, where I was working to make ends meet while seeking clarity on my career path.
As part of the healing process for my now “foggy” brain, the Lord called me to do something quite unusual. I began to hand copy Scripture verses four hours a day.
It did not take long for the brain fog to lift, although the headaches and sensitivity to noise lasted longer. But I received such deep peace while copying out the Bible that I didn't stop when I got better.
Over the next twenty years, I spent over 10,000 hours hand copying thousands of verses out of the Bible on a multitude of topics, and even studied into the original biblical languages.
Further, I read the Bible through every year and prayerfully sought out the answers to my questions.
But I'm not trying to get you to copy Scriptures for twenty years (unless you want to), but I do want to offer you what it produced.
After Years of Prayer and Study, I Acquired
Some Simple and Practical Wisdom
After all those years of praying, seeking, and meditating in the Bible, I learned the answers to the questions I began asking as an overwhelmed, young Christian.
These are the things I want to share with you, since you are probably like me in not wanting to be kept from fulfilling your God-given purpose by something you cannot see. You know in your heart that the Lord has a better way.
When we look at the example of Jesus, we notice that He encountered much opposition. But we also see that He took charge of His destiny and fought back, winning a complete victory on the cross over everything darkness arrayed against Him. His victorious Spirit lives in our hearts and battles through us.
What would your life be like now if Jesus given up at some point and said, “This is too hard. These people don't like me, so I'm going to quit and go back to heaven.” I can't imagine where my life would be now without the Savior, so I'm very thankful He toughed it out to the end.
God has an amazing plan for your life that He needs you to fulfill. Your unique contribution to the body of Christ can't be made by anyone else, whether you have a pulpit ministry or a neighbor-to-neighbor ministry.
The Lord sees you doing things you may not think you can do, but you can do them if you don't let the resistance stop you.
The Lord Has a “Promised Land” for You to Take!
Just as fear of the giants made the children of Israel afraid to possess the land flowing with milk and honey, opposition may stand between you and the promised land of destiny God has revealed to you. Fear will keep you in a dry, spiritual desert, if it can.
But you don't have to die in the wilderness for fear of the “giants,” because God wants to equip you to go in and possess the land!
Imagine what it will be like when you are doing what God designed you perfectly to do. You'll taste peace and a deep sense of purpose, knowing you have found your unique place in the body of Christ.
I Want to Assist You in Achieving That Kingdom Dream!
And the Way I Can Help Is This:
THE ARMOR OF LIGHT
I just finished writing the book that I desired as a young Christian. What took me years to discover from reading the Word and listening to gifted pastors and teachers, I have put into one simple volume.
As you know, the rich Bible truths on any given subject may be scattered from Genesis to Revelation. But in The Armor of Light, I've extracted and compressed that wisdom into chapters, each of which covers a subject that is key to your spiritual protection and continued success.
While my book addresses spiritual warfare from many angles, I do want to make one thing clear—it is not creepy or weird. Though it's important to learn the truth about the spiritual realm with open eyes, the most effective spiritual warfare is always Christ-centered, not devil-focused.
It only takes one chapter to describe what you need to know about the enemy and his cohorts, so you are not ignorant of his devices. He is not worth glorifying with many words.
In case you haven't noticed, Jesus, the kind and loving Savior, taught more about the devil than any other religious leader, because these are things we need to know. It's important to follow His lead and not deny the existence of an adversary or pretend we don't have to contend with him, just because talking about him makes us uncomfortable.
But it's also clear that Jesus spent the majority of His time talking about the kingdom of God, and His is the wisdom we need to follow.
Benefits of The Armor of Light
- 1The Armor of Light will teach you how to “put on” the armor of God in a compelling way you've possibly never heard before.
- 2The Armor of Light will open your eyes to the spiritual realm and the authority you have over it in Christ.
- 3The Armor of Light unpacks the secrets of God's protection that keep you safe.
- 4The Armor of Light is comprehensive, covering key topics such as the three heavens of Scripture, angels, demons, “pleading the blood,” the necessity of prayer, being led by the Spirit, and others.
- 5The Armor of Light is well documented from Scripture. It can easily be used as a textbook or Bible study curriculum.
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God is calling you to do something significant for Him, and, if the timing is right, you need to be bold in Christ and do it. The Armor of Light will help you break through the spiritual resistance and barriers you may face. It will put you on the fast track to obtain your victory, so you can finish the work God created you to do. You owe it to your personal ministry to invest today in your spiritual future.
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About the Author
Pastor Michael Christian lives in Paradise, California. He served for thirty years at Jubilee Church as a Teaching Pastor and in a multitude of other ways. He is ordained through the Church of God, headquartered in Cleveland, TN.
He and his wife Debbie have two amazing married sons, two great daughters-in-law, and two wonderful grandchildren.
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