“And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word,
And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful” (Mar 4:18-19).

Many genuine Christians simply don’t grow as they should because of “thorns” or word-chokers in their lives. These devilish devices specifically target the word-seed in your life. They don’t necessarily stop you from attending church, singing in the choir or dressing modestly. They simply suffocate the word of God within you, thereby rendering it void and unfruitful. Friends, this is different from having the word stolen from your heart (another satanic device) as such. In this case, the believer actually takes the trouble to receive the word of God well. But then he or she permits all sorts of spiritual “thorns” to squeeze the life out of the word in their heart. Word-chokers are effective through competing for space in one’s heart. Although we shall explore these thorns specifically in forthcoming episodes, suffice it to say for now that they are basically notions, ideas, attitudes and emotions that mingle with God’s word in our hearts and minds. Once that happens, the word can’t accomplish what God sent it for in our lives (Isa 55:11). No wonder so many zealous Christians seem to receive much good teaching of the word but don’t seem to thrive and flourish spiritually! Thorns nullify the power of God’s word in their lives. That’s not your portion!

Pastor Josh