Faith 101 – Part 7
What Comes to Steal Your Faith?
“Where lives change and where life can begin again”
We will be basing this devotional study on Mark 4:14-20. Many call this parable
the “parables of all parables”. It explains the struggle that all of us go through and
you may say “why does this happen to me?”. It happens to all of us! We all have an
enemy that comes to steal, kill, and destroy. We must be wise and observant to
know the tactics and schemes of the enemy. Just like a good soldier is trained to
know his enemy and to be ready and prepared.
Let’s look at Mark 4:14-20…
14 The sower sows the word. 15 And these are the ones by the wayside where the
word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word
that was sown in their hearts. 16 These likewise are the ones sown on stony
ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; 17
and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward,
when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they
stumble. 18 Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who
hear the word, 19 and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the
desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. 20
But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, [e]accept
it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”
There are 3 major warnings about your faith and the Word level in your life.
Without the Word, you will have little or diminishing faith! If you have no Word,
your faith will not grow, and it will quickly get weak and be stolen away from you.
You will fall back into the old habits of the world and end the same way you
started or worse than before. These are some things that will help.
1. Find a church home that teaches you and nurtures you in the Word of God.
Teaching you how to walk by faith.
14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how
shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear
without a preacher?
I remember so many years of my life loving God and being ignorant to the
schemes of the enemy and I didn’t know I had an enemy. I needed to grow my
faith and in order to do that, I needed to have someone explain the scriptures to
me correctly. We must be led by God’s spirit to the right church to teach,
encourage and grow us up spiritually to be successful in our journey of faith in
God. Without faith in God, we will believe anything and wander everywhere. The
Word is harder to steal when it is placed deeply in our hearts. If it stays in our
heads, it can be easily stolen and overpowered by the enemy.
2. Being consistent to hear the Word and applying the Word.
How many of us are excited when we hear the Word, but when the bills come in
the mail or our marriage is challenged, or the kids get in trouble, our words and
actions change to look just like the world instead of the example of Jesus.
10 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.
Our consistency in the Word builds strength and character in the Word. It builds
our faith in the One that can do all things through us who believe. Our faith and
confidence grow as we learn and make the choice to be consistent and faithful.
3. Going deeper in your relationship with God and the call of God in your life.
We all have a call in our life. It is important to get closer to God to know what that
is. God wants to show us how to bring what He placed inside of us, out of us.
However, Satan comes to steal our faith, as the cares of this world begin to choke
the call and begin to pull us back into the direction of the world. We begin to
desire less of the kingdom and more of the world’s possessions. It’s easy to do. I
encourage you today to go deeper. There is something in you, that has yet to be
fulfilled and you know what it is. Don’t let Satan choke it out of your life.
Let’s stay focused on Kingdom assets. The greatest success you can have is to do
it in God’s way. He knows your end from your beginning and He has great success
for all of us. But only if we do it His way. Don’t be nervous about that, it’s a good
way and it’s a way paved with success. The great part is that He will be right out
front leading the way and taking us through each step. He’ll never leave you
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you
and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
He has plans for you, don’t let Satan steal your faith!
Come join me next week as we talk about:
“You’re not alone – You Too Are A Hero of Faith”
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Executive Pastor Lynette Roberts LifePointe Christian Faith Center
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