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AN ENEMY HAS DONE THIS! - CAC The Living Water - Wed 22 August 2018

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2 years 3 months ago #7092 by gospelnaija
THE LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

TOPIC: AN ENEMY HAS DONE THIS!

Read: Matthew 13:24-30
MEMORISE:

He said to them, 'An enemy has done this.' The servants said to him, 'Do you want us then to go and gather them up?'

(Matthew 13:28).

EXPOSITION
This 6th of the 7 parables in this chapter has a lot to teach us about the work of the enemies and their modes of operation. Right from the creation the arch-enemy of God has been working to overturn God’s work. Notice that in this parable, the Master instantly recognised who sowed the bad seed. He didn’t blame the servants. We need this discerning spirit so that Satan will not fool us (1 Pet. 5:8).

Sometimes, you find it difficult to explain why wives fight their husbands, and vice versa, when the seeds the enemy sows, begins to germinate and grow up.

What has the enemy done? (Matt. 13:25) In this parable, it is said that a man God sowed good seed in his field. In the beginning, after creating man, God’s overall assessment is that He saw that everything He made was very good (Gen. 1:31). In reality, as you reflect back, there are so many things that may have been good about you–good parents, good up-bringing, good education, beautiful appearance, good memory, sweet dreams, brilliant future, good carrier, good marriage, good health, good friends, good heart as you were generous to your foes. But then, the enemy came into your field; your life! What seed has he sown? Yours may be seed of fear or defeat. Others may be seeds of hatred, strife and divorce. Still others are battling with the seed of roughness–rough lifestyle, rough language, rough association; and things just began to change from good to bad!

When did the enemy do it? But while men slept (Matt. 13:25)
Satan is a clever foe. He watches and waits for the appropriate time to do his nefarious works. Night is the right time for everyone to sleep, but unfortunately, Satan operates mostly in the hours of darkness, and that gives him the opportunity to sow seeds into people’s live. ‘Night’ can also mean the time of less spiritual vigilance or complacency.

As you go your way today, be warned, never put your conscience, reasoning ability, or spirituality into sleeping mode.

PRAYER POINTS
1. Lord, I thank You for opening my eyes to see those areas that Satan might be sowing his seeds in my life.
2. Lord, I pray for the spirit of spiritual alertness to avert the devil’s craftiness.
3. Lord, deal with every seed Satan might have deposited in any area of my life.

EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Psalms 62 - 66 & Revelation 15 -16

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