The Word of God in Your Heart
By Drenda Keesee
You have an enemy.
Satan knows that faith is the currency of the Kingdom of Heaven. He also knows that the living, active Word of God planted in your heart has the power to produce what it has promised.
So, he uses tactics to come in and steal the Word of God from your heart.
In Matthew 13, Jesus told the Parable of the Sower, which talks about the conditions of the heart and how things come into our lives to choke the Word out of us.
One of the greatest battles I faced in holding onto the Word of God was many years ago when I was pregnant with our third child. An exterminator had come in and sprayed for fleas brought in from a couple of cocker spaniel puppies we had gotten for the children. Within a short time of his leaving, I began to feel sick. Initially, I thought it was pregnancy-related, but I got sicker throughout the day, even hallucinating.
The next day…
I held tight to the words concerning life and death being in the power of my tongue, and that I had to fight with spiritual weapons. By faith, I began to thank God that my child was fine and that it was well.
I had never been in a fight like that, but I was so glad that my heart had been prepared in God’s Word. When fear tried to hold me captive and get me to hand over my child’s life, faith was there to answer. Over the next two days, I bled as if having a miscarriage, but continued to say the words, “My child shall love and not die and declare the works of God.” The bleeding stopped, and I continued to full term. Our son was born healthy and whole.
Fear is just one tactic the enemy will use to try to steal the Word of God from your heart.
He’ll use anything he can to get you to let go of the Word including trouble, the opinions of others, strife, conflict, and busyness.
You must stay on guard and hold onto the Word, never letting it out of your heart.
How do you do that?
- Start by making sure you’re praying and reading God’s Word. Set times that you will read your Bible and pray, but also pray throughout the day as you encounter life. Talk to God and do life with He isn’t a 10-minute devotion. He’s a relationship partner who is with you all day.
- Place scripture promises around your home and small scripture books in nooks and rooms that can speak into your spirit throughout the day.
- Put biblical teachings on in your car and while you’re doing things around the house.
- Go to church weekly.
Since we were designed to live out of our spirit, we need to make drawing life-giving nourishment from God and His Word a priority daily. This strengthens our mind (thought life), causes our will to align with God’s will, stabilizes our emotions, and helps bring life and health to our body as the temple of God.
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Drenda Keesee’s contagious zeal and humorous personal experiences help make her ministry of spiritual, emotional and relational wholeness one that will bless your life and spark a new fire in your spirit.
A wife of over 30 years and a mother of five children, Drenda has ministered at churches, seminars, and conferences, and through the mediums of television and radio, for more than 20 years.
Her books, The New Vintage Family, Better Than You Think, and She Gets It are available wherever books are sold. In these heartfelt books, Drenda shares her personal journey and the life lessons that have brought her to where she is today, as well as practical answers that all people need to live a joyful life.
Drenda and her husband Gary founded Faith Life Now, a ministry designed to spread the message of freedom in the areas of finances, faith, marriage and family. Faith Life Now hosts conferences worldwide, and sponsors both Fixing the Money Thing, which Drenda co-hosts with her husband Gary, and Drenda.
Through their own life experiences, the Keesees have found the principles from God’s Word to be powerful and effective. At one point, Drenda was a young, suicidal feminist with no hope of ever being “good enough” for her own standards of perfection. She never wanted the “inconvenience” of a husband or children, and she was on her own path to success. But the stress of trying to achieve perfection and perform for love left her broken and used. She had success, but it was nothing compared to the pain and loneliness it had also brought.
That’s when God got a hold of her heart. It was there—at her lowest point—that she found the One who accepted and loved her, faults and all. Since that transformation, Drenda has had a passion to reach women who find themselves where she once was.
She married Gary after attending college, and there she found herself in a personal boot camp of sorts. She says, “I cried and told God, ‘I can do anything but be a wife and mother.’” She committed to learning how to do it God’s way. Through the many years of raising their children and struggling to make ends meet, Drenda learned from their mistakes. “I didn’t know how to be a wife and mother, but God saved our marriage, taught us how to parent our children for success, showed us how to have financial success, and then irony of all ironies, He called us to ministry.” It’s truly because of these life experiences that Drenda can now share so many insightful principles for people who are now going through the same struggles.