Matthew 13:20-21 “The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.”

“When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.” Have you every been persecuted because of the Word? Have you ever been called a prude because of your stance on things? Have you ever been ostracized because you wouldn’t do or say what others were doing? Or maybe others are constantly trying to get you to do what you’ve said you wouldn’t, just to see if they can break you. How do you respond when the persecution comes?

I’ve often heard it said that when the pressure is on, what’s inside comes out. So, what comes out when the pressure is turned up in your life? How deep does the Word go? Has it taken root in your heart yet? Or is it just on the surface? How you respond to persecution is a reflection of how deep the roots of God’s Word have gone in your life. Do you lose your joy when things aren’t going the best? Do you start to point fingers at others when you are not successful? Do you give in at the slightest criticism of others?

For me, I think my biggest weakness here is that I give up too easily. When persecution and pressure arise, I tend to say, “Oh well. I guess I’ll just pray about it.” Instead, I should be standing on the promises of God and encouraging myself and others with His Word. Isn’t that why we’ve been given the armor of God. “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” Ephesians 6:11. I need to let the roots of God’s Word go even deeper in that area of my life.

How about you? Is there some area of your life that you need His Word to take root?