Opposition Will Come

Remember, when you first put your faith in Christ, the enemy
will be right there to attack you.  The very day you make that
commitment to Christ, you may start thinking, "Am I really
forgiven by God?  Has something really happened to me?"

Satan will send some very strong temptations your way right after
you became a Christian by offering you things that are attractive.
He focuses his attacks on those who are young in the faith and
those of us who are making a difference in the Kingdom of God.

In the story below, Jesus tells of a sower who sowed his seed, and it fell
by the roadside, where the birds came and ate it.  These are the ones
by the wayside where The Word is sown.  As soon as they hear it, Satan
immediately comes and takes away The Word that was sown in their hearts.

This is why we should pray for new believers.  The enemy
will be there, trying to rob them of what God has done.

Then of course, the devil will attack those who are making
a difference in the kingdom, those who are seeking to
walk with God and reach others with the Gospel.

When believers step up and say, "Use me, Lord.  I want my
life to make a difference for You," they better brace themselves.
The enemy will not take that sitting down.  Opposition will come
to those who are making a difference in God's Kingdom.

The Parable of The Sower
Matthew 13:3-9

And he told them many things in parables, saying:
"A sower went out to sow.  And as he sowed, some seeds
fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them.

Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have
much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had
no depth of soil, but when the sun rose they were scorched.
And since they had no root, they withered away.

Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked
them.  Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a
hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.  He who has ears, let him hear."

The Seed Is The Word Of God

The Seed that fell along the path stands for those who hear The
Word, but the devil comes and takes the message away from their
hearts in order to keep them from believing and being saved.

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 what was sown along the path.

The Seed that fell on rocky ground stands for those that hear The
Word and receive it gladly, but they have no roots.  They believe only
for a while and when the time of testing comes, when tribulation or
persecution arises on account of The Word, immediately they fall away.

The Seed that feel among thorns stands for those who hear
The Word, but the worries and riches and pleasures of this life
crowd in and choke The Word and so their fruit never ripens.

The Seed that fell in good soil stands for those who
hear The Word and understand it.  They retain it in a
good and obedient heart, persisting until they bear fruit.
Your heart will always be where your riches are!
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