When the Devil Takes the Word Away

Are you facing spiritual warfare? Do you find yourself listening to the word of God but never actually believing or understanding it? Do you find challenges in applying the word of God in your life because you are forgetting what is written in the word of God?
What do you do when the devil takes the word away?

Luke 8:5 NKJV
“A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it.

Luke 8:11-12 NKJV
“Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.

From the seed that fell on the wayside; to the seed that fell on the rock; to the seed that fell on the thorns; to the seeds that fell on good ground – these scenarios that Jesus gave are both a picture of spiritual challenges / warfare and also the level of one’s relationship with God.
The word of God is spiritual food. The word of God is meant to make you spiritually healthy and it is meant to help you to grow spiritually in your relationship with God.
When Jesus was tempted by the devil to turn stone into bread, Jesus responded from the word of God by saying: “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4 NKJV. So the word of God is food for your spirit or heart.

So therefore in the parable of the sower Jesus says “The seed is the word of God”. Therefore YOU are the RECIPIENT of the seed (which is the word of God).
The seed mentioned is NOT money. But the seed is THE WORD OF GOD. And it is YOU who must RECEIVE this WORD. The word of God must be PLANTED in YOUR HEART so that you GROW and bear GOOD FRUIT.

 

WHAT IS THE CONDITION OF YOUR HEART?
Is your heart; mind; soul; attitude and spirit in the right condition to receive God’s word so that you can bear fruit? Or have you hardened your heart so that when you hear the word of God you neither understand it nor receive it? Are you so set in your own ways and in your own way of thinking that the word of God cannot penetrate itself in various areas of your life in order to help you to grow?
Any seed that is planted must have the right soil conditions for it to germinate & grow. Other factors include the right temperature, light, oxygen & water. In the same way if your heart is not in the right condition to receive the word of God, Jesus says that the devil will come and he will take the word out of your heart before the word can have a chance to make a difference in your heart.

The thing you must know is that even the devil knows the VALUE of the WORD OF GOD in a person’s life. That is why the devil will come and try to take the word from your heart. Remember that Jesus said “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy…” John 10:10 NKJV.
Therefore a thief does not steal something unless he believes that what he is stealing has value.
So if the enemy sees the value of God’s word, then YOU too must see that value and ensure that the word of God is enabling you to bear fruit and to have a close relationship with God.
And Jesus says that the devil steals the word from people’s heart because the devil is afraid that they “believe and be saved”.
So ultimately the devil doesn’t want you to believe and to be saved in your life or in whatever specific situation you might be going through. The devil knows that if he can hide the truth of the meaning of God’s word for your life, then he can prevent you from being freed through the knowledge of the word.
Hosea 4:6 says “My people perish for lack of knowledge…” so you need to ensure that you have the right heart; that your heart is like good soil.

 

HOW DO YOU GET THE RIGHT CONDITION FOR YOUR HEART
Your heart must always be ready to receive the truth; that is the word of God.
The following verses below teach you how to condition your heart

Proverbs 3:5-8 NKJV
“TRUST in the LORD with ALL your HEART, And lean NOT on your OWN UNDERSTANDING; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. DO NOT BE WISE IN YOUR OWN EYES; Fear the LORD and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones.”

Psalms 1:1-3 NKJV
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he MEDITATES day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that BRINGS FORTH ITS FRUIT in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.

To make the conditions of your heart right, you must
1. Trust in the Lord; believe God even if you do not fully understand; Have faith in God.
2. Don’t lean on your own wisdom or understanding; you don’t know everything; only God knows everything
3. Revere the Lord; Don’t live as if God does not exist
4. Delight in the word of the Lord
5. Meditate on God’s word – day and night
6. Hide the word of God in your heart
7. Submit to the leading and will of the Holy Spirit in your day to day life

The results will be that
1. You will be healthy spiritually
2. You will bring / bear forth fruit because your heart is like the good soil
3. Whatever you do shall prosper

When you do the above, the devil will fail to take the word away from you.

Are You Born Again?

QUESTIONS
Have you ever asked yourself these QUESTIONS: “If I die – where will I go?”; “What is my purpose in life?”; “Does Heaven and hell exist?”; “Does God love or care about me?”; “What is the meaning of life?”
Do you sometimes feel a sense of emptiness in your life; as if perhaps you don’t seem to have any direction or purpose in life?
You’ve been trying to be good and to do the right thing, but somehow you are just falling short and not measuring up? Do you feel like you just don’t have the answers to life? Do you feel like that?

Well – you’ve come to the right place because I have the ANSWER for you.

ANSWER
You need to become a BORN AGAIN CHRISTIAN.
Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” – John 3:3 NKJV

QUESTIONS
What is a Christian? What does it mean to be “born again”? Does being a member of a church make me a born again Christian? If my parents are Christians does it automatically make me a Christian too? What are the benefits of becoming a Christian? How do I know that I am a Christian? Why should I become a Christian? How do I become a born again Christian?
ANSWERS

GOD Loves YOU and Has a Plan for YOUR Life
First thing you need to know is that God loves you and He wants the best for your life. When God created you, He created you with a plan and a purpose. Every invention from the paper clip, to the cellphone, to the laptop, to the airplane has a purpose. No inventor would invent something and not give it a purpose.
In the same way your Maker, God made you for a purpose in life. You are not just a statistic in life. You are important to God.
In Jeremiah 29:11-13 NKJV, God says “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace AND NOT of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

So God doesn’t think bad thoughts about you – God loves you and wants to show you His plans. He also desires to have a personal relationship with YOU.

Jeremiah 33:3 NKJV
(God says): “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”

 

The Devil Hates God’s Creation & Wants to Destroy It
It’s important to understand that while God has plans to prosper you, there is an enemy of God and of mankind who wants to steal, kill and destroy you and God’s plans for your life.

John 10:10 NKJV
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
Man Has Sinned & Fallen Short of God’s Glory
From the moment that Adam & Eve listened to the serpent by disobeying God in the Garden of Eden, SIN existed in the life of man and thus caused a SEPARATION between God and man.
BEFORE man sinned, man had a PERFECT relationship with God and man was living a PERFECT LIFE without tribulation; without trials; without hunger; without poverty; without disease; without death.
However man’s sin ushered in all sorts of problems that we see in the world because man gave in to sinful fleshly desires
Romans 3:23 NKJV
For ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Romans 6:23 NKJV
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Sin has brought about death in two forms; death in physical form and death in spiritual form where one is spiritually separated from God.

Jesus came that you may have abundant life; that is a Godly driven life and also eternal life in Heaven.

 

JESUS IS YOUR SAVIOUR & HE IS THE ONLY WAY TO GOD

John 14:6 NKJV
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Jesus became an example for us to show us how to live and please God. Jesus came so that through Him we may no longer have to be spiritually separated from God. Jesus came so that through Him our relationship with God may be restored and that our life would have meaning and purpose because God will be directing our path in life.

 

YOU MUST RECEIVE JESUS AS LORD AND SAVIOUR
If you are to experience God’s wonderful plan for your life and if you are to have victory over the devil, then you MUST receive Jesus as your Lord and Saviour.

John 1:12-13 NKJV
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Ephesians 2:8-10 NKJV
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new

In other words you must be born again!

Receiving Jesus means the following
1. That you become a born again Christian
2. That you are a child of God
3. That you are part of the kingdom of God
4. That you have authority in Christ over all the power of the enemy
5. That Christ will help you to overcome the various challenges that you may face in your life
6. That in Christ you have eternal life
YOU CAN RECEIVE JESUS RIGHT NOW

Jeremiah 33:3 NKJV
Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.

Revelation 3:20 NKJV
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.

Call on Christ now and BELIEVE that He will answer you. There is nothing more that God wants than for you to be part of His kingdom.

 

Pray this prayer to receive Jesus as your Lord and Saviour right now:

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
I repent of all of my sins and I ask You to cleanse me Jesus.
Thank You for forgiving my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. Make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You right now. I make You my Lord and Saviour
Amen”

 

WHAT’S NEXT
Now that you are a Christian, it is important to always remember the following

1. Christ Jesus now lives inside of you
2. You are now a child of God
3. You are a new creation in Christ; the old has gone and the new has come
4. Your sins are ALL forgiven
5. You now live your life by FAITH & BELIEF in God and in what He says through His word (the Bible)
6. The word of God is your manual for life and His word will guide and equip you for every good work
7. In Christ God will enable you to fulfill and experience His plan and purpose for your life.
8. In Christ you will overcome challenges & trials that may come to your life
9. The peace of God is available to you
10. God will never leave you nor forsake you

THEREFORE AS A CHRISTIAN YOU MUST
1. Read and meditate on the word of God
2. Talk to God daily (pray)
3. Talk to others about Jesus
4. Trust God in every area of your life
5. Obey the Lord
6. Have God control your life daily
7. Join a good bible-based church

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Is God Willing To Help You?

Have you ever felt UNCLEAN in your life; both physically and SPIRITUALLY unclean?
Have you ever felt like you have sinned so much that God wouldn’t even give you the time of day because you believe that you are so unholy and too dirty to even be in God’s presence?
Have you felt like praying is just a waste of time because you have sinned just too much and that God wouldn’t be willing to listen to you?
Have you ever been treated like an outcast by other people and experienced a situation where people just don’t want to associate with you because of some public sin or humiliation that you had in the past?

If you have felt any or all-of-the above let me tell you this: The Lord IS WILLING to clean YOU and you don’t have to be afraid to come into His presence.

Luke 5:12-13 NKJV
And it happened when He was in a certain city, that behold, a man who was full of leprosy saw Jesus; and he fell on his face and implored Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”
Then He put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately the leprosy left him.

In the Bible people who had leprosy were shunned by society. They were banned and became outcasts (Leviticus 13:45-46). People wouldn’t dare touch a person who had leprosy because there were several fears associated with such a disease or condition.
In Luke 5:12, the scriptures say that the man who approached Jesus was “full of leprosy” – so the leprosy most likely covered his whole body and he looked hideous as a result and so he probably had been in this condition for a long time.
Imagine how this leper must have felt about life and about himself. He must have thought to himself: “Nobody loves me…”; “Nobody will touch me…”; “I have no friends…”; “Why am I this way…”; “God doesn’t love me or He wouldn’t have allowed my life to be like this…”;

So this leper’s physical condition had a negative impact on his self-esteem because even when he approached Jesus, He seemed to have a bit of doubt that Jesus would want to help or heal a leper like himself – hence he said to the Lord “If you are willing…”; The leper may have been rejected so many times in life and he wasn’t sure if Jesus would be willing to help him.
This leper HAD FAITH that Jesus was ABLE to heal him or he wouldn’t have come to Jesus at all. However he seemed to doubt Jesus’ willingness most likely because of rejection in his life. To which Jesus responded: “I AM WILLING…”

Before healing the leper, what did Jesus do first? Jesus TOUCHED the leper – an unthinkable act in society, then He assured the leper that He was WILLING to heal him, then the Lord healed the leper.
What an act of LOVE by our Lord Jesus Christ!!!
That is exactly what God wants to do in your life. God doesn’t care how bad you think you sins are; He doesn’t care how unclean you feel. God is WILLING to help, heal and love you no matter your situation or condition in life.

John 6:37 NKJV
“All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out”
Mark 2:17 NKJV
When Jesus heard it, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

God’s love is UNCONDITIONAL and because of such He will by no means cast out anyone who comes to Him.
Is God willing to help you? YES He is.
So if you feel unclean, unworthy, rejected, sinful – JESUS came for YOU. He was crucified for YOU. He loves YOU and HE wants to make you clean by His blood. Come to Jesus NOW and He will accept you.

 

God’s Love Demonstration

Whenever you think about love, do you think of GOD?
Or vise-versa – whenever you think about GOD, do you think of love?
Do you also know, that whenever you demonstrate love to others or to yourself, that you are demonstrating the character & nature of God?

1 John 4:16 NKJV
“And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.”
You see God is love. Therefore love is God’s very nature and if we are to live a godly life and have a godly character then all we need to do is demonstrate and be motivated by love. Just like God.
It’s really that simple!

John 3:16 says “For God so LOVED the world that He gave His only begotten that WHOEVER believes in HIM should not perish but have everlasting life.” 
God’s act of LOVE through giving His Son Jesus Christ has brought and continues to bring about the salvation of multitudes of people all over the world so that people do not have to perish in hell as long as they have received Jesus as their Lord and Saviour.
God LOVED the WORLD. Jesus died for EVERYONE and WHOEVER believes in HIM.

Romans 5:8 NKJV
“But God demonstrates His own LOVE towards US, in that WHILE we were STILL SINNERS, Christ died FOR US.”
Jesus didn’t die on the cross for just a particular people group, social class, country, religious group, age group etc.
Jesus didn’t die on the cross for good, holy and perfect people.
Jesus died for EVERYONE and out of LOVE, Jesus died for “WHOEVER believes in Him…” (John 3:16) and He died “while we were still sinners” (Romans 5:8) because God loves EVERYONE.

Life Application
Like God, we need to demonstrate love to all people because by doing so we demonstrate the nature and character of God.
Like God, we need to demonstrate love to all people EVEN if they DON’T love us just as God loved us while we were still sinners.