Daily Devotional: Day
“And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts” (Mark 4:15, KJV).
God’s Word is like seeds. Each time you hear the Word, the seeds enter your heart. These seeds are power seeds. They’re filled with God’s power and purpose, designed to heal, restore, save, warn, encourage, convict and equip you to fulfill the Father’s will for your life. When the word enters your heart, it begins a process of accomplishing the purpose for which the word was sent (Read Isaiah 55:10-11). You may not notice any immediate observable change, but if the word stays long enough in your heart, it shall accomplish its mission, and the results will be there for all to see: love, wholeness, integrity, humility, peace, patience, joy, godliness, healing, deliverance, illumination, wisdom, etc. Once the words enter your heart, they’ll target and purge you of everything in your life that’s impeding your progress in God. At the same time, the words will strengthen you, renew you and prepare you for a greater degree of God’s glory.
Look again at today’s Bible verse. Jesus says that there’s a group of people who hear the Word and Satan comes immediately to take away the word that was sown in their hearts. By making this statement, Jesus is declaring that Satan is a thief of God’s Word. He knows that if the Word matures in your heart, it’ll produce fruit and give you power over him. Jesus says Satan wastes no time in removing the Word from some people’s hearts. A thief is only successful if you’re not vigilant. This means that you must guard your heart and consciously retain the Father’s Word in your heart. You’re the gatekeeper of your heart. You decide what enters and stays in your heart. The Bible is right to say, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23). This means life springs from your heart, and it’s important to watch over it, lest the Enemy takes away God’s Word sown in it. Don’t let Satan rob you of blessings. Retain in your heart the seeds of God’s Word, and watch the Father transform you.
Daddy, thank you for your Word. I know that you sow your Word in me, because you love me. Let your Word in my heart accomplish the purposes for which you sent it. By your grace, I’m covered by the blood of Jesus. By the same blood, I forbid Satan from coming near my heart. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.
For further study: Psalm 119:1-18; John 15:7-17