The Enemy Comes To Steal The WordAdminGuy
A few days after I accepted Jesus Christ as my savior, I shared it with someone I knew. Instead of them being excited for me, their response was, “How do you know you were saved?” It wasn’t a response of curiosity but came across to me as one of skepticism and unbelief. It hit me like a cold bucket of water and caused me to become a closet Christian for along time.
The point of sharing this story is to prepare you. You may be excited about your “new self” and want to tell everyone you know. Not everyone may be excited or understand. Not everyone will be receptive. Be prepared for the enemy to use people to try to discourage you, even people who are close to you. In John 10:10, it says, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly.” The thief is satan. He will try to steal or kill what has been started in you.
In Mark 4 and Luke 8, Jesus was teaching the disciples and his followers regarding principles of how the kingdom of heaven worked. He used a parable about a farmer, the sower, spreading seed on the ground. The seeds in the parable represents the Word of God. The parable has many applications but I want to focus on two scenarios in the parable as it relates to a new Christian. In one scenario, the seed never gets an opportunity to see if it will grow and produce results because they were eaten by birds. In the second scenario, seeds that fell on good ground, sprouted but did not survive because of harsh conditions. I believe these two points are relevant to a new Christian.
Satan will try to steal the Word of God that has been planted in your heart, to stop it from taking root or to stop if from growing. If he can get you to back away, become ashamed, or embarrassed, it will affect your spiritual growth. He does not want you to grow and mature, because if you do, you become a new threat to him. He is keenly aware if the Word of God takes root in your heart, and you learn about your spiritual authority, you will have a negative impact on his kingdom.
Here are a couple of suggestions so that you are prepared for your new life of faith in Jesus.
1. Remember, satan is a spirit-being. He has to use people in order to get to you. He has the ability to plant thoughts into the minds of people around you. That includes Christians who have not matured or disciplined their thought life. You have to monitor your thoughts as well. 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 says, “3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare [are] not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.” When you are experiencing situations with other people, remember satan could be using that individual to get to you. Also, remember you need to monitor your thoughts as well and not meditate on anything that is contrary to the truth you have received.
2. The second point is similar to the first, in that satan may create situations, difficulties or pressure in your life to dissuade you from your new Christian life. Remember John 10:10, which says the thief [satan] comes to steal, kill and destroy. Like the part of the parable where the seeds sprouted and couldn’t withstand the extreme weather conditions but withered, satan may try the same tactic with you. He may create pressure situations to discourage and distract you. Again, he has to use people to do that.
When you experience difficult situations that are challenging your faith, just remember, it may just be your enemy trying to steal the Word of Truth from your heart. Keep your thoughts and emotions under control. Give the enemy no place. Don’t get offended, walk in love and resist him, James 4:6-7 “6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”