Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.
Have you ever listened to a soul stirring sermon or inspirational message and made a quality decision to change some things that needed to be changed in your life? You may have even made a vow to stop gossiping, to quit some form of addiction, or to walk more like Jesus overall. A temptation might have even arisen that tested your resolve to engage in the positive behavior that you vowed to engage in. Chances are that after that decision, something happened to offend or aggravate you to the extent that you even forgot what you had just learned. Today’s Scripture indicates that the enemy comes “immediately” to take away the Word of God that has been sown into your heart. Don’t be surprised if as soon as you leave church, have listened to the Word of God on CD, or read the Bible that a rude neighbor, grouchy spouse, disrespectful child, or ungrateful boss crosses your path. The whole design of this type of encounter is to get the Word of God that has just been planted in you out of you! The enemy is terrified of us meditating on the Word of God because he knows the power of it. We have to plant the Word deep in our hearts in good soil. Everyone knows that a seed planted deep in soil is not as susceptible to being uprooted or swept away by storms because it is not on the surface. It is also important to make sure that the Word of God takes root in good or “pliable” soil. The soil of our heart stays pliable by being receptive to receive the Word of God and by having simple childlike faith. That is the reason Jesus said, “Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3). Children simply believe and trust their parents. Consequently, if we utilize simple belief and trust in our Heavenly Father, we can receive all of the promises, peace, protection, prosperity, healing, and other gifts associated with His Kingdom. Let us remember to plant the Word of God deep in our hearts through consistent fellowship with Him and study of His Word and to trust Him without measure.