Matthew 13:24-25 (KJV) Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way.”
Making sense of our challenge with God and the enemy of our soul.
We the people of God should be aware that the enemy of our soul called the Devil is an imitator and not the real thing.
When the Devil cannot stop a work of God, he will offer his cheap imitation and substitutions.
That way he minimizes the power and glory of God in the lives of the people of God’s. Have you ever noticed this in your life? The imitation is presented and packaged as a trade-off from what the Lord has for us in contrast to what the devil has for us.
Please be advised the message of the enemy of our soul is really an imitation. It appeals strongly to the carnal mind and is popular with the masses in the world we live daily.
In fact, it ignores the reality and facts that by nature man is a fallen creature, alienated from the life of God, and dead in trespasses and sins and that his only hope lies in being transformed by God (John 3:3). God has His genuine; the Devil has his imitations.
God has love; the Devil has lust. God has true faith in Christ; the Devil has a false religion.
Today’s message provides several thoughts for your consideration and life with the Lord.
The Devil offers just enough to keep people from the real truth. Those who buy into this will say, “I don’t really need to hear about Jesus. I am a religious person” or “I am a spiritual person.”
They are satisfied with a cheap imitation instead of going after the real thing. How about you today? Those who are trusting to an outward form of godliness, such as baptism or confirmation.
Those who are religious because it is considered a mark of being a productive member of society; those who attend some Church or Chapel because it is the thing on Sunday.
In fact, there are those who unite with some Denomination because they suppose that such a step will enable them to become Christians.
Jesus told a parable about a farmer who sowed wheat in a field, but at night, his enemy came in and sowed tares among the wheat.
A tare, also known as the darnel seed, looks a lot like wheat initially. But as it grows, it actually will uproot the wheat.
That is how the enemy of our soul works. He will put his plants in the church. They will talk like Christians. They will use phraseology that Christians use.
And when they do something wicked, people will say, “I can’t believe that a Christian would do such a thing!” Here’s an idea. Maybe they actually were tares among the wheat.
I am not saying that Christians are incapable of sinning. But I do think some people who attend church are tares among the wheat, of which are imitations.
And others of us simply go for the Devil’s trade-off which appears like a great deal but is not the real thing we need for our lives.
Point to ponder
Judas was a tare among the wheat as one of Jesus’ disciples. In fact, when Jesus said one of the Twelve would betray Him, no one knew He was referring to Judas.
But Judas was an imitator. The Devil puts his fake versions out there, flooding the market with cheap substitutes.
However, Judas still had a chance to make the choice of the Lord. And we have a chance to make our choice the Lord as well.
How necessary it is then to find out where we really are; to assess ourselves and see whether we be in the faith; to evaluate ourselves by the Word of God and see if we are being deceived by our subtle Enemy; to find out whether we are in Divine alignment with the Real thing which is Christ Jesus our Lord.
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