Yeshua (Jesus) gives us that answer in the parable of the sower and the seed in Matthew 13. It tells us what happens after we read or listen to God’s Word of Righteousness. An enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy the seed and the plant. You can read the whole parable in Matthew 13. Jesus explains the enemy’s tactics:
When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand, then wickedness comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart.
He who receives the Word on stony places (heart and mind), is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles.
Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.
But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
Even when we hear and read God’s Word, the enemy comes to steal it from us. He brings ignorance, deception, and confusion; directs our heart’s focus on ourselves or someone/something else; brings trouble; brings ridicule and persecution; keeps us worried; keeps us too busy; makes our flesh scream and demand comfort and attention…etc. That is why we need the Holy Spirit to help us be overcomers in Him.
We need to do some “rethinking” and “unlearning” of things we thought were true and important. Through ignorance and deception, satan has been busy planting bad seed in our minds and hearts. It is time to pull up the weeds and clean up the garden! It is time get rid of those old weeds and put in the new right (righteous) seeds. The Bible talks about being renewed in Him. The Holy Spirit’s revelation of truth and training requires us to repent and change some things. Change is not easy, but He is always there to help us. And it is always for a better and more abundant life. He always has what is best for us in mind. Truth and righteousness may be hard, but oh how good!
Prepare the soil…plant the seeds…keep the weeds out….water the good plants….bear good fruit…..be ready for harvest time.