Receiving and Giving the Word
Sometimes we suffer attacks from the enemy simply because of our involvement with the Word of God. Mark 4:17 speaks of those who hear the Word and endure it for a while, ...then when trouble or persecution arises on account of the Word, they immediately are offended (become displeased, indignant, resentful) and they stumble and fall away.
Satan knows the Word will strengthen us and he wants to stop it before we can spread it to others. So it’s vitally important to guard the Word in your heart and resist the devil when he comes to steal it from you. When you do, the trials the enemy brings will actually help bring others to the Lord.
The apostle Paul said there were many things God allowed him to go through simply because they helped others become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear. Even during Paul’s imprisonment, his stability and ability to be used by God were evident.
If we’re going to minister to others, we will face some adverse circumstances. But if we stand in faith and confidence in God, He will bring us through to victory, and we’ll be a great encouragement to others in the process.
Prayer Starter: God, I want to abide in You and Your Word every day. When trials come my way, I pray that You would use them to make me stronger and spread Your Word to those around me.
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