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Facing Opposition (Psalm 119:69)

The arrogant have forged a lie against me; with all my heart I will observe Your precepts.
Psalm 119:69

Consider what the proud are willing to do to those they despise. They will not hesitate to speak lies in order to discredit believers. Believers can easily become frustrated, angry, and/or distraught when they face such dishonest opposition. But not the psalmist! Rather than focus his attention on his enemies, he chooses to set his heart upon God’s precepts. In the midst of this spiritual battle he wants to be obedient to God.

Faithful Christians can anticipate opposition as well. After all, Jesus was a living demonstration of what it would be like if we followed Him.

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation.
1 Peter 4:12–13

…fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Hebrews 12:2–3

Dear Christian, as you faithfully follow the Lord, don’t be surprised that the enemy has no morals and will try to destroy you by any means at his disposal. Don’t let this distract you from your mission. Know it is coming and be prepared by keeping your eyes on Jesus. Delight in the fact that you can share in His sufferings. As Peter instructs us, “keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation.” (1 Peter 4:13b)





Rocky Wyatt

Rocky Wyatt came to know the Lord as a young teenager and began working in youth ministry when in college. After serving in churches in Utah, California and Colorado, Rocky moved to Texas to serve as Youth Pastor at Countryside Bible Church. He served there for 26 years where he eventually moved from youth ministry to serve as an Associate Pastor.

Over the course of his ministry, Rocky has always had a desire to train men for pastoral ministry in the context of the local church. In 1992 he started XL Ministries, an organization that is committed to helping churches establish intensive internships for pastoral training. In 2020 he left his position at Countryside Bible Church to become the Executive Director of XL Ministries and now works full time assisting churches in training men for ministry.

He is co-author of The Youth Ministry Training Manual, a textbook for training youth pastors, and has also written multiple other resources for use in various local church ministries. He is currently working on a book to encourage churches to take the primary responsibility to train pastors.

Rocky is married to Pamela, has two sons and daughters-in-law, and ten grandchildren. 

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.1 Corinthians 15:58