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Today’s Truth

“The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message about the Kingdom and don’t understand it. Then the evil one comes and snatches away the seed that was planted in their hearts” (Matthew 13:19, NLT).

Friend to Friend

My new house has a blueberry bush. Through our living room window, I see ripening berries. When they get a perfect blue hue, then I’ll know it is time to pluck them off. Yet, there’s one problem with my hypothetical dream…

Birds. Pesky little birds keep stealing my fruit. When I see a berry all blue and ready-to-eat, a bird comes along, sits on a branch – and pluck! My luscious berry is gone. In a split-second, my ripe fruit is stolen right off the vine.

This situation happens in our spiritual life too. Many of us have ripening fruit in our lives, yet there is an enemy who wants to steal it. The Bible tells us that ”the thief comes only to kill, steal, and destroy” (John 10:10 NIV). This can happen without us even realizing it.

God is growing patience, yet we fall into self-defeat when an event triggers us. We say, “Why bother trying!?”

God is growing endurance, yet a test comes and we figure our pain will never end. “Things will never get better.”

God is growing our love for another, yet a horrible situation happens where it seems the other person shows no signs of changing. “God won’t really do this.”

The enemy steals fruit when we believe lies. The lies are usually: Things will never change. I am bad, guilty, and will never be better. God will not come through.

Just because God allows us to go through something difficult, doesn’t mean He isn’t doing something divine. Just because God allows us to experience hardships doesn’t mean that He’s not growing fruit in our lives.

“The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message about the Kingdom and don’t understand it. Then the evil one comes and snatches away the seed that was planted in their hearts” (Matthew 13:19, NLT).

More important than hearing the truth is understanding it — where we go about living it. More important than knowing a Bible verse is having it lay claim to our lives. More important than seeing a problem is understanding God will show up.

Remember, Jesus is the Teacher. He doesn’t waste problems; He teaches us through them.

It matters less what you know, or what you recite by rote-memory, and far more what you truly understand in your heart.

Back to my blueberry bush. After some research, I took action. I wrapped aluminum foil around part of the bush to repel pesky fruit eaters.

And it worked.

Now when I look out my window, I not only see luscious, ripe fruit, but I now eat that fruit. Yet, in order to keep the fruit, I had to stop the enemy in his tracks. I had to set up a defense.

We must do the same–by setting up a defense against the enemy.

How? We resist. We resist sneak attacks by taking care of ourselves when we’re tired, hungry, or lonely. We can resist defeat and discouragement by turning on worship music and singing from our heart. We resist becoming a victim when we remember we truly are who God says we are. We resist going downhill and allow God’s grace to lift us up.

When we resist, then we persist – in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control.

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, I want to learn. I want to grow in true fruitfulness. I want to be taught by You. I pray that the enemy of my soul may have no access to my heart, soul, mind or spirit. I pray that I can believe the truth in all things, in all ways and at all times by your grace. I pray that I will trust You to provide and to take care of me. I want You above all else. You are my greatest pursuit.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn 

How might you need to set up a defense from the enemy stealing your fruit? What might that look like practically?

What lie(s) does the enemy try to sell you? What fruit does he desire to steal?

What is one truth from God’s Word to arm you as you move forward? How can you let this truth sink from your head to your heart?

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4 Responses to “Don’t Mess With My Fruit”

  1. Kathy says:

    Such wise counsel for a Monday morning- thank you Kelly! I often get blindsided by the enemy because I get caught up in the demands of the daily and lose track of God’s purposes in my life. This reminds me that I need to approach each day mindfully, prayerfully, and trusting in God’s Truth and promises. 😊

  2. Debbie Codding says:

    Praise be to God. Today’s message spoke to me in a profound way, God is always right on time! I am currently in a place of feeling defeated, my sister has moved in because she is going through a bad divorce,my adult daughter is in a verbally abusive relationship,problems in the US directly impacting our lives and our future. I have been feeling defeated and weighed down by the burden of anger and dealing with caring for others and not myself. I feel resentful and angry most of the time,while trying to live my life.

    I realize this morning that my defeat is Satan’s victory. I refuse to allow Satan to rob me of my joy! Our God is greater than he who is in the world. Today I will weed out the “bad fruit from my heart and mind and replant in expectation of a tomorrow filled with hope,joy,and peace. I know I will have trials but I also know that nothing happens that God hasn’t planned or worked out!

    I am so grateful for your message today! I now have a firm plan to defeat the efforts to destroy my life and the ones that I love!

  3. Ruby says:

    At time I feel defeated as soon as my feet touches the floor and that’s because my mind is already occupied with many “Mental To Do List”. With that way of thinking I have allowed Satan to become the victor instead of my God, the one who deserves the glory and all powerful.

    But He is graceful, He give second chances because He is love and He knows that He had created me for good. He is not done with me and He knows I can do more things for Him.

    Resist Satan’s attack: resist phone gaming that suck up my time and think of what I could have time such as sending words of engagement to someone who is hurting, text praying a friend, sending a Bible verse. Resist negative thinking and give praises to what God is doing to my life. Be mindful of the time of day God has given me and use it wisely -to say prayer, writing on my journal, cooking or buying food for a friend…So many possibilities because I choose to be pro active.

  4. Tiffany says:

    Thank you, Kelly! I took a lot of notes and shared with my Dad. Lots to chew on!

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