The Lord warned:
"When anyone hears the word of the Kingdom and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart," Matthew 13'19.
In this parable of the sower and the seed, the word of the Kingdom is the crucial seed for a Believer's spiritual growth, authority and power. And the enemy wants to snatch it away from unsuspecting Believers.
Beware of his trick. Don't ever say "I can't understand" or "I don't understand" when the Lord's word challenges your thinking.
Instead, keep open to God. Ask: "Father, help me to understand" or "Father, how can I understand?". This prevents the enemy from snatching away the understandings your heavenly Father wants you to have.
Simply "stand under" the word of the Kingdom. Hold it above yourself by believing it and submitting to it. (For more click Biblical Knowings on the Menu.)
But relax, be patient and let the Holy Spirit reveal the understanding to you in time.
The Holy Spirit says:
"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
Resist him, steadfast in the faith ..," 1 Peter 5'8-9.
Satan's aim is to negate the authority of God's Word (as he did to Adam and Eve). He uses a variety of things which all amount to what he said then: "Has God indeed said?".
His major ploy is temptation. Jesus met the challenge with the Word when He said "It is written" (Luke 4'1-13).
He showed His followers how to negate Satan by taking "... the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God," Ephesians 6'17.
Praise God that the absolute victory the Lord won over our enemy is available to us, His People.
Pride is a common human tendency the enemy uses. It seems that in any group of people someone wants to be "the greatest".
Remember Satan himself? Isaiah 14'13 is a reminder to Believers that to have pride is to put ourselves in line with our his evil ambitions:
"For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation ...'".
On more than one occasion certain disciples reflected this:
"Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" Matthew 18'1.
The Lord gave a very unexpected answer:
"... whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven," Matthew 18'4.
Another instance of His radical thinking! However, He was The Example:
"Jesus . . rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself.
After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. . ."
"So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, 'Do you know what I have done to you?
You call me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am.
If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.
For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you," John 13'3-5,12-15.
Jesus made up His mind to humble Himself and calls His Disciples to do the same
As always though, doing the will of God brings blessing.
"Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time," 1 Peter 5'5-6.