Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went. – Acts 8:4
The devil does not give up easily. He is pride personified and will not stop his rebellion against God. He incites and manipulates and connives to work against the kingdom of God and he worked hard to squash this new move of God called the body of Christ. Persecution came in various forms and degrees of harm, but it all worked to overcome something that cannot be overcome – the Word.
The devil’s pride actually becomes a help to those who follow after God. While the devil was trying to stop the church, the persecution just spread it out and made it grow. Instead of shutting up and keeping quiet about their faith, believers took the gospel with them to cities, towns and villages. The good word went with them as the persecution pushed the church out of Jerusalem into the rest of the world.
It is comforting to keep in mind that anything the devil may have planned for us has already been seen and considered by the God who loves and cares for us. He has already worked out ways for those hellish plans to be fruitless while His children grow and prosper. This is what happens when we take the word with us through life. When it sits inside of us and forms our thoughts and guides our paths, we walk in the plans that God has for us and won’t fall into the traps of the devil.
Lord, help me to walk with the word in my heart every step of this life. My I preach it through action and speech to all who will listen and may I not bring reproach to Your word by my failures and faults. Make me more and more a man of Your word every day. Amen.