I was having a conversation with my friend Yomi about 2 weeks ago. We were talking about the parable of the sower in Matthew 13 and what stood out to us. It was verse 21 for me.
But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. – Matthew 13:21 NIV
These are Jesus’s words!
A few days went by and the Holy Spirit helped me understand this verse. For every word I take in, I should expect trouble and persecution because of it. The enemy would rather I don’t know the truth so he tries to make sure the word has no root in me.
A perfect example would be the just concluded RCCG Special Holy Ghost Service. It was themed “The Joy of the Lord“. I was SO blessed by the service and it was such a great reminder that indeed, that’s where my strength comes from.
I woke up the next day feeling numb. I didn’t hear any bad news, thankfully. I wasn’t sick but I wasn’t as joyful as when I went to bed. My friends could tell when they called but I just told them I was tired and hadn’t eaten properly in a few days – which was true. I ordered a sumptuous meal from my favourite restaurant – Nando’s, but eating didn’t make me feel any better.
When eventually I was sensitive to hear the Holy Spirit, I was reminded of Matthew 13:21. I chose to let the word about the Joy of the Lord take root. I chose to spend time in His presence.
You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. – Psalm 16:11 ESV
The Holy Spirit prompted me to play this non-stop worship by Minister Theophilus Sunday and I spent the day praying for two families I knew needed help in addition to reading my devotionals. My joy was restored and I’m so thankful this word is beginning to take root. Glory be to God forevermore.
Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” – Nehemiah 8:10 NIV