Peace in Christ,
In our relationship with God, I find his beautiful Word of truth impeccable, and because of it I see why & how the enemy makes it extremely difficult for one to maintain faithful. The other day I contemplated on why our faith is so very difficult. Understanding that everyone is different and what causes one to sin is not necessarily true for others. However, there are some generalities that are true for all. The LORD explained this wonderfully in the parable of the Sower, found in Matthew 13:3-9, 18-23 (NASB):
3 And He spoke many things to them in parables, saying, “Behold, the sower went out to sow; 4 and as he sowed, some seeds fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate them up. 5 Others fell on the rocky places, where they did not have much soil; and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of soil. 6 But when the sun had risen, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. 7 Others fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them out. 8 And others fell on the good soil and *yielded a crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty. 9 He who has ears, let him hear.”
18 “Hear then the parable of the sower. 19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road. 20 The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he falls away. 22 And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. 23 And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.”
When walking through the warzone of life, take stock of who you are and where you stand. Be one that spiritually grows and flourishes and not one that withers or is choked. This life offers many distractions and entertainments that are all tailored for us to spiritually die. Whatever the devil can use to draw our attention away from God, he will, be on guard against those traps that will attempt to keep you locked down in an emotional daze of spiritual neglect. “Be strong and very courageous” for the LORD is with you (Joshua 1:9) and stay faithful in the beautiful power of God’s Word.
Your brother in the faith,