If the enemy can discourage us and keep us there, he has won.
Persecution, pressure, stress and everyday concerns vie for first place in our lives every single day. It is very easy to give our attention to whatever is shouting the loudest and in so doing, sideline what is actually most important. Difficulties, in whatever form they take, shift our focus away from our purpose to surviving. Christians have not been called to survive, but to serve.
We see this illustrated when Jesus told the parable of the sower. The weeds and thorns don’t kill the seed, but they keep it from producing fruit.
New Living Translation (NLT)
The seed that fell among the thorns represents others who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things, so…
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