Revelation 12:11 – And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.
These people overcame the enemy by the blood of the lamb, grace; by the word of their testimony, God’s Word; and did not love their lives to the death, gave their life away to the kingdom of God.
This is for those who are beginning their lives with God: Mark 4:16 – “These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; (Verse 17) “and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately stumble.
What Is Satan’s Plan?
In the first group of seeds that were sown, were the people that heard the word, but Satan came immediately and stole the word, lest they believe and be saved. Now, this group, he is trying to send tribulation and persecution in order to get them to give up.
This always happens to a believer that is just beginning their relationship with Christ. The battle is against God’s word. Satan will try to discourage and throw mockery and accusations against a new believer. This parable starts with the “birds of the air” coming and devouring the seed. In verse 15, of Mark 4, Jesus tells us it is Satan that comes and takes away the word that was sown in their heart.
When we begin with God, we begin to learn the word by reading the Bible, Old Testament and the New. These birds that Jesus mentions, are principalities and powers that do Satan’s bidding. They come to steal the word, and discourage the new believer.
Revelation 18:2 – And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, ‘Babylon the great has fallen, is fallen, and has become a habitation of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!
This is demons, demonic spirits. We have to keep in mind: When Satan fell, a third of the angels went with him and these are the demonic spirits. So, back in Mark, Chapter 4, the birds represent demonic spirits.
Birds represent demons in the Old Testament also: Deuteronomy 28:26 – “Your carcasses shall be food for all the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and no one shall frighten them away. (This was referring to the blessings and curses, if they obeyed God and then if they did not.)
So, if a person that is beginning their life with Christ allow temptations and persecutions of this world to discourage them, they will stumble. If Satan can keep a new believer from reading and starting to understand God’s word, he can cause them to stumble. He tries desperately to keep us from our “Daily Bread.”
But What Is God’s Plan?
This is real simple: God wants us to prosper and bear fruit in every area of our lives. Successful relationships, business, finances, and overcoming the enemy is what He desires for us. However, in order to have this successful life, we have to accept His Word.
A new believer starts school, so to speak, they learn God’s word and start to understand. Reading and meditating on God’s word starts our journey in the Christian life. If we are going to grow in God, it is going to be up to the believer themselves. No one can make them grow. So, if they never read God’s word on their own, they will be saved and stuck. They will go no further and the birds of the air will bring things their way to cause them to stumble in every area of their lives. Reading and studying God’s word is our responsibility.
There is a Scripture that will keep Satan from stealing the word out of our hearts: Psalm 119:11 – Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You. So how do we hide God’s word in our heart? By meditating and memorizing. And, if you constantly meditate, before long, we begin to memorize, because we read or hear it over and over. And that is “hiding” the word in our heart. When you know what you know, Satan can not steal it!
I cannot stress enough how important it is to read God’s word on your own. Do you want a successful, abundant life, that Christ died to give you? Then meditate on His Word, day and night.