Find The Truth – Luke 8:12
There’s a picture puzzle floating around the internet where you’re supposed to find the panda in a crowd of snowmen. It reminded me of one of the strategies that the devil uses on us.
“The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved.” – Luke 8:12
I think about farmer walking along the edge of his field, tossing out seed, but perhaps being careless about where the seeds land.
“Throw a few here, there, it doesn’t matter where…”
In other words this describes the person who has a careless regard for the things of God. This person might say:
“Sure, I believe in God, I’m a spiritual person.”
But their vision of God might include a little God, a little Allah, a little Krishna, throw in a little Buddha, a little humanism… in effect “all paths lead to God.” (I think of the “COEXIST” bumper sticker.)
This person’s heart may be well traveled with all sorts of religion and spirituality, but the result is that nothing can ever take root, and so it’s easy for the devil to come along and snatch up the true seeds.
See, the devil knows that faith and salvation come to people who hear and respond to the truth of God’s word. Therefore his strategy with some people is to fill their minds with all sorts of idea’s about God, then steal away the truth from the mix.
Just like the panda in the picture, when the truth is surrounded by a bunch of other ideas, it’s hard to discern what is truth, and what isn’t.
When you strip away all of the clutter, the truth becomes clear.
That’s why it’s important for us to be true to God’s word about who He says He is, and how we go about having relationship with Him.
We can save the world, one life at a time…
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