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. If you have ears to hear, listen up.
If you’ve stumbled across this page and you’re not a child of God, Satan’s plan for you today is to make you Stay Out!. He doesn’t want you reading what we have to say on this website. He doesn’t want you thinking about what the Bible says or means. He is trying to make sure your heart is like the hardened path beside the field that will not allow the seed to penetrate, but will keep it on the surface so the birds can eat the seed before the seed can do any good.
If you are on this page because you are already in Christ, Satan plans to make you Drop Out! He hopes he can make you angry at someone. He hopes he can throw some temptation in your path. He hopes he can get you walking in a different direction. He’ll do whatever he can to make you wither away and die spiritually. He put rocks in your heart so that if the seed of the word ever penetrated it, there would be no room for it to grow. He will do whatever he can to get you to keep from reading your Bible, praying, spending time with Christians. If he can keep that up, then over time, you’ll just drift away and drop out. He’s hoping today will be that day.
If you are on this page because you are already in Christ and you’ve determined not to leave, Satan plans to make you Fizzle Out! That is, he’ll let you keep meeting with the church. He’ll even let you keep reading your Bible and praying sometimes. But he’ll make sure your relationship with Jesus never gets below the surface. He’ll work to make sure it never really affects how you live. He’ll place job promotions before you. He’ll fill your time with superfluous things. He’ll send you chasing paychecks, nicer cars, bigger houses, better gadgets. He’ll fill your mind with justifications about how behaving this way just this once won’t matter, God will probably even understand. In the end, you’ll feel like your a good Christian because at least you didn’t drop out, but you won’t be producing any fruit.
Be wary. Satan has plans for you today. If he can get you to do any of the above things today, he’ll have won today’s battle. Don’t let him win. Rely on God today. Get in, Stay in, and Grow up. God will strengthen you to bear fruit today if you simply draw closer to Him. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Make today a rock removing, weed pulling, fruit bearing day. To God be the glory.