Summary: To expose the enemies of the WORD of GOD, to prevent them, namely: (1) devil, (2) temptation and (3) thorns
Do you have enemies? Don't be frustrated. GOD's WORDS (JESUS) has enemies too.
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To expose the enemies of the WORD of GOD, to prevent them, namely: (1) devil, (2) temptation and (3) thorns
Luke 8:11-14 (Amplified Bible)
8:11 Now the meaning of the parable is this: The seed is the Word of God.
8:12 Those along the traveled road are the people who have heard; then the devil comes and carries away the message out of their hearts, that they may not believe (acknowledge Me as their Savior and devote themselves to Me) and be saved [here and hereafter].
8:13 And those upon the rock [are the people] who, when they hear [the Word], receive and welcome it with joy; but these have no root. They believe for a while, and in time of trial and temptation fall away (withdraw and stand aloof).
8:14 And as for what fell among the thorns, these are [the people] who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked and suffocated with the anxieties and cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not ripen (come to maturity and perfection).
Praise, worship and thank You very much LORD JESUS, I hunger and thirst for You and desires more of You for myself, I earnestly covet You and soak myself in prayer and the WORD many times a day I can.
Enemies of the Seed (WORD of GOD)
A. Author: Luke, the beloved physician
B. Date written: Before 70 A.D.
C. Purpose: To give a connected and orderly narrative of the life of Christ as seen by eye witnesses,—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
D. To whom written: Addressed to Theophilus, an unknown person. —Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
E. Main Theme: Jesus of Nazareth is the perfect Son of Man who came "to seek and to save that which was lost",—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
F. Key words: Jesus the Son of Man.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
G. Key verse: Luke 1:4 (Amplified Bible)
1:4 [My purpose is] that you may know the full truth and understand with certainty and security against error the accounts (histories) and doctrines of the faith of which you have been informed and in which you have been orally instructed.
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. First enemy - the devil
"8:12 Those along the traveled road are the people who have heard; then the devil comes and carries away the message out of their hearts, that they may not believe (acknowledge Me as their Savior and devote themselves to Me) and be saved [here and hereafter]."
devil or "diabolos" in Greek meaning:
1. traducer - a slanderer; a calumniator - One who slanders; one who falsely and knowingly accuses another of a crime or offense, or maliciously propagates false accusations or reports
2. specifically satan
3. false accuser, devil, slanderer
Matthew 13:19 (Amplified Bible)
13:19 While anyone is hearing the Word of the kingdom and does not grasp and comprehend it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the roadside.
So whenever you are in a worship service, pay attention to what is being preached, don't be physically present and mentally absent, focus your entire being and concentration on the message that is being preached. Make sure to take notes with you, a short pencil is better than a long memory. Understand and jot down passages that you don't understand and ask your leader or someone with good reputation until you fully comprehend the Message that was preached. If you are not serious about the WORD, the devil is serious in snatching or stealing it away from you.
In a public vehicle, if you wear gold necklace but you're not guarding it, the snatcher will snatch it away from you. The WORD of GOD is more than a treasure and much more infinitely valuable than gold.
Proverbs 1:7 (Amplified Bible)
1:7 The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning and the principal and choice part of knowledge [its starting point and its essence]; but fools despise skillful and godly Wisdom, instruction, and discipline.
Psalms 111:10 (Amplified Bible)
111:10 The reverent fear and worship of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom and skill [the preceding and the first essential, the prerequisite and the alphabet]; a good understanding, wisdom, and meaning have all those who do [the will of the Lord]. Their praise of Him endures forever.
Romans 1:28 (Amplified Bible)
1:28 And so, since they did not see fit to acknowledge God or approve of Him or consider Him worth the knowing, God gave them over to a base and condemned mind to do things not proper or decent but loathsome,