Lawn movers, edgers, blowers and engines rev while the tired try to sleep in on Saturday morning. In the car, pimped out stereos shake, rattle and roll, honking horns nudge you along and unexpected phone calls can take your eyes off the road. In this high tech, high touch society, peace and quiet are hard to find as disruptions lurk around every corner.
He told them, “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables so that, “ ’they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven! – Mark 4:11-12
While talking to a large crowd from the water’s edge, Jesus began to speak in parables. Using farmers in the crowd as an example, Jesus gives four hypothetical situations that will happen over the course of a growing season. According to Jesus, animals, the weather and soil conditions impact the harvest for each season. However, when the crowd left, his disciples pondered the meaning of his teaching.
Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them.- Mark 4:15
Their questions unveiled the source of life’s disruptions, Satan. According to Paul, faith comes from hearing the message of truth, Romans 10:17. Satan’s defense is to snatch or steal truth from the hearts and minds of curious souls through doubt, negativity and worldly mindsets. As I’ve been told by mentors in the past, if you’re on the verge of something great, don’t be surprised by demonic activity to throw you off track. In view of this, press on with the armor of God to protect you from these weekly disruptions.
by Jay Mankus