Word Snatcher

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Thursday, October 10, 2019

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

A few years ago, I planted a garden in my backyard. In the beginning, I had a tough time getting the garden going because there was a deer that would come to my garden to eat the plants as soon as they began to bud. Finally, I put a fence around my yard to keep the deer away.

In Mark 4, Jesus told the crowd the parable of the sower. Then he took the time to explain the parable to his disciples. Part of the explanation is that the devil is a “word snatcher.” As soon as we hear the Word of God, the devil tries to snatch it away from our hearts. Like the deer that was terrorizing my garden, the devil intentionally targets the Word that is sown in the believer to keep us from growing and maturing spiritually.

How does the devil take away the Word that was sown in us? He uses deception, half-truths, misinformation, as well as our pride, greed, envy, jealousy, and selfish ambitions against us. Indeed, many of us are helping the devil to snatch the Word that was sown in us by our attitude, and our refusal to yield to the Holy Spirit.

We must not forget what James says in 4:7, “submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” The only way to prevent the devil from snatching the Word that was sown in us is by submitting ourselves to God. How do we submit to God? Pray without ceasing, study the Word of God continuously, renew our minds by the power of the Holy Spirit, and making God’s will the priority of our lives.

It is necessary to build a spiritual fence around our lives to keep the enemy away. The only way the devil can snatch the Word that is sown in us is if we allow him to do so. He cannot force us to do anything we do not want to do. We can rebuke him in the name of Jesus. For, no weapon formed against us will prosper, and every tongue which rises against us in judgment, we shall condemn (Isaiah 54:17).

Whenever we read or hear the Word of God, we have to hide it in our hearts that we might not sin against the Lord (Psalm 119:11). More importantly, we have to water and fertilize the Word that is sown in us with prayer, worship, and fellowship. That is why it is essential to be part of a connection group. We need other believers to help us grow, to hold accountable when we are not growing, and to pray for us and with us when we are struggling to grow.

It takes an army to defeat the enemy. We cannot overcome him as an individual. It is necessary to have other brothers and sisters to come to our defense when the enemy rises against us. When the enemy comes to snatch the Word that is sown in us, we have to call other brothers and sisters for reinforcement, call the elders of the church, and call prayer warriors so we can all stand together against the attacks of the enemy.

The reason the enemy is so determined to take away the Word that is sown in us is that the Word is power. It is by the power of the Word that the world was created. Jesus is the Word that became flesh. Life and death are in our words. By taking the Word sown in us, the enemy is taking away our power. Without power, it is not possible to do God’s kingdom work.

We need our God-given power to make disciples for Jesus Christ. Let us, therefore, “Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the Word of life” (Philippians 2:14-16).

Prayer- Blessed Lord, thank you for the Word you have sown in us through your Holy Spirit. Please help us to remain vigilant and spiritually grounded so we can resist the enemy when he tries to snatch the Word that is sown in us.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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