In 2009, the movie Taken was released into theaters. At the beginning of the film, the main character, Bryan Mills, has someone important taken from him. As a result,Bryan spends the entire movie trying to recover his precious daughter who was kidnapped by his enemy.
Like Bryan, many of us have experienced things of value being taken from us. Having something stolen is most apparent in the natural but it also occurs in the spiritual realm. God has placed seeds of greatness in our path, but our enemy often prevents us from reaping their benefits in full. Satan is a thief and he “comes only to steal and kill and destroy” the very blessings that God intends for us to have. (John 10:10 NIV) Think about it. Have you ever had a vision, direction, or confirmation from God that you no longer believe in? Have you ever found yourself less motivated or excited about a word that you once found joy and comfort in? If so, these are signs that the enemy has taken your seed.
In Luke 8, Jesus says: “The seed is the word of God. Those along the path are the ones who hear and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches, and pleasures, and they do not mature.” (Luke 8:11-14 NIV)
According to Jesus, the enemy takes what God has planted within us by two means: 1) He steals it from our hearts and 2) He preoccupies us with the worries and pleasures of life. In order to prevent the enemy from continuing to steal our blessings, we must stop being distracted and learn to protect what God has given us. As Paul instructed, we must stand firm and hold fast to the godly teachings that have been passed on to us. (2 Thessalonians 2:25 NIV) In doing so, we will mature fully into the women that God intends for us to be.
Thank You for the many seeds that have been planted in my life. From this day forward, show me how to keep my seeds from being taken. Help me to be like the woman whose seed fell on good soil. Help me to hear the word, retain it, and persevere until I produce good crop. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to hold fast to God’s word. Stand firm so that the enemy can stop taking your seeds. Protect yourselves with the full armor of God and allow God’s word to perform its perfect work in you!
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Ms. Latasha McCrary is an active member of St. Luke Christian Church in Huntsville, AL where she serves as a Young Adult Facilitator and is training as a Life Skills Coach. She is passionate about the practice of law and views her profession as an extension of her calling to serve. Latasha firmly believes that “Service is the price we pay for the space we occupy” and is grateful for God’s continuing favor evidenced in her life. “By this I know that you favor me, because you have not let my enemies triumph over me.” (Psalms 41:11)