DO YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE FIGHTING?
Luk 8:11 “Now the illustration applies to this: The seed is the word of God.
Luk 8:12 Those along the path are the ones who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be rescued.
Luk 8:13 Those on the rock are the ones who receive the word joyfully when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but during a time of testing, they fall away.
Luk 8:14 And the seed that fell among thorns, these are the ones who hear, but while doing so, they are choked by the worries and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature.
Luk 8:15 But as for the seed that landed on good soil, these are the ones who, after hearing the word, cling to it with an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with faithful endurance.
If you are hearing (or reading) the message of the gospel, you will face three enemies that want to rob you of the benefits of that message. The world system is designed to challenge you, and will suggest that the gospel is fantasy, because it cannot hold up to its tests. Your own flesh will distract you, either by worries or desires that conflict with the concerns of the Spirit. If those two enemies are not enough, the devil stands waiting to deceive you, so that you believe something different than what the gospel teaches.
The goal of the gospel is a fruitful Christian life. Stand up against the enemies, and you will win that prize. The ultimate result of victory is eternity as God’s child in the restored universe. That is worth the fight!
LORD, give us wisdom and courage to stand for your gospel, and against our three enemies.