Retaining God's Word...
Matthew 13:18 - 19 (NIV) 18“Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19When 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.
In v19, the seed that falls on the road never got to the earth. The evil one snatches it away. Why? There was no understanding. Ever sat in a lecture and you didn't understand what the lecturer was saying? Usually, you would also forget the details of what he taught and probably even the topic.
Ever sat through a sermon and it was just over your head? Where you forget the details and even the sermon topic. The problem is compounded by our enemy Satan who tries to snatch away that Word from us as well.
Consider doing the following:
- Pray, asking God to give you understanding.
- Make every reasonable effort to understand the sermons. Even if it means re-listening to it and asking more knowledgeable ones about it.
- Be obedient to God's Word, submit to it. Apply it in our lives as much as possible.
You will be surprised by the difference it will make.