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Are You Secure?

By Rev. Rick Robinson

I grew up in the sixties in a rural community outside of Ocala, Florida. We didn’t have any alarms on our family cars and the only alarm system in the house was my dog Stubby. My dog took up hobbies like chasing the VW the mailman drove. He was a good dog and nothing came up missing on his watch.

Now days you can subscribe to services that protect your identity. My computer has more passwords that mostly keep me out. People have those annoying alarms on their cars and you see home security signs in neighborhoods everywhere. I hear gun sales are up, but I don’t own one of those either. I don’t expect to shoot anyone, and I don’t get into hunting. If an intruder is not demon possessed, I guess I’m in big trouble. The theft problem is not really a contemporary problem.

Matthew 6:19-21

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Let me say here, if you have services, alarms, and weapons to protect you I am not being critical of those things. Now that you have your security measures in place, are you really secure? To answer this question, we need to know who is it that wants to steal from us, and what is it they want to take? Jesus answers those questions, and gives solutions that will bring true peace.

John 10:10

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

It is the devil himself that comes to steal from you, but what does he want? He doesn’t want your stuff. Sometimes our stuff works against us when it comes to growing spiritually in our relationship to Christ. He comes to steal the word of God from you. Stuff can be fun, but it is the word of God that is the key to a fruitful life, not our stuff.

Matthew 13:18-23

“Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away. The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful.  But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

In this second telling of this parable to His disciples, Jesus identifies who the thief is, and what he wants to steal. The parable goes on to explain the methods used to steal from us. A lack of understanding, trouble, persecution, the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth (not wealth itself) are all tools used against us to steal the word. Did you notice the scripture says making “it” unfruitful? It is not you that are unfruitful; it is you minus the word that will not be able to stand. You can see why it is the word the thief wants to steal, since that is where our hope is found.

Are you yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times (or less) of the word that has been sown? Are you taking the right precautions in your life to stop the real thief? Don’t hold the door open for the thief. Alarms, services, and guns will not keep him from stealing. You must stay faithful to God’s word, read it daily and meditate on it. Stay faithful to the fellowship of believers, praying for and encouraging one another. Be faithful in your obedience to Christ. Remember He is the one that gives life to the fullest, not the manufacturers of our stuff.

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