When Faith Rises, Satan Come Immediately
- Date: June 8, 2017
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.” (Mark 4:15)
- From Faith That Prevails
Anytime revelation comes to us-you see we weren't teaching during the altar call this morning, but I want to tell you something. Many of you received the Word during the altar call. Many of you had the Holy Ghost from within bring you rhema. Rhema came to you: the Scriptures began to rise up in your heart. The Holy Ghost said to you, "These signs shall follow them that believe; they will lay hands on the sick and you will recover. The prayer of faith shall save the sick." All of the Scriptures that have to do with healing, God was speaking to many of you. That's rhema. That's where faith comes from. You received the Word into your life; you received healing into your bodies. But understand this very clearly: "Satan came immediately." Satan is coming to some of you during the teaching. He will come to some of you when you go out into the car and you start to sit down and think, "Oh, that same pain is there." Well, let me remind you of something: that pain is on the way out, because according to your faith it is unto you. "This is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him" (1 John 5:15). Did you petition God this morning as one that abides in Him, that lives in Him? He heard you. Scripture says that He heard you, whatsoever you ask. Satan is going to come immediately and say, "Oh, God didn't hear."
Look what Jesus has to say about this. "[Satan] taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts. And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; And have no root [no patience, no faith that endures] in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended [stumble]" (Mark 4:15-17). That word "offended" means to have no commitment to what you said you believe, to lack patience. It talks about that aspect of endurance regardless of what the apparent consequences or the circumstances are implying. So we have need of patience, the Scripture says.
Look at Luke, Chapter 8 for just a moment. Let's contrast this shallow ground, this stony ground, with the good ground that Jesus is trying to work in each of our lives through the trials as He runs that plow through our lives and breaks up the fallow ground. The admonition is, "Break up the fallow ground; it's time to seek the Lord." He wants to rain righteousness on us. Verse 15 says, "The good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart…." The good heart recognizes the reality of what and who we are. When you look in that mirror, here's what you have to say: "Without Him, I can do nothing. Without Him I can do nothing." The good heart, however, agrees with the Word of God and says, "I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me." So with an honest and a good heart-the good ground, those having heard the Word keep it at all cost-there is no fainting in our minds.
We begin to change our course. We begin to change whom we associate with. We begin to fellowship with those who through faith and patience are inheriting the promises of God. I want to be around people who have this thing working. So they hear and they keep, and they bring forth fruit with patience, the good ground. What is this shallow ground? It represents the shallow believer, the one that is influenced by circumstances, the one who has made no real commitment to do the Word. "We're just piddling around and trying it, but if it doesn't work, I have this on the side. I always have Plan B and C and D sitting here." I want to tell you something. If you have a [prearranged] Plan B, you are not believing God. If you have a Plan B, you believe God is going to fail. I didn't say that there was not a time to follow other paths. I said if, when you enter into this, you have a Plan B already established that you can immediately turn to and be safe, then you are not believing God; because those that come to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. "This is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him" (Hebrews 11:6).