We must nurture the seeds of revelation, love, faith, and power ... those spiritual seeds that God has placed in us ... for the power to possess the same characteristics that Jesus possessed. They are nurtured through prayer, fastings, and special times of communion with God. We must allow the Word to take root within us before we'll begin to grow and become transformed into His image.
We have to know that Satan's strategies are to steal, hide, and choke these seeds. To ignore him or to be afraid of him is to invite him to come in and operate and squelch any growth.
Matthew 13:19 ... "When anyone hears the Word of the Kingdom and does not understand it, the wicked one comes and catches away that which was sown in his heart." (I have written this verse out into a more understandable passage for you.)
If the Word falls upon a believer's heart that's not receptive or lacks understanding, satan snatches it out of his heart by bringing persecution and trials. Or if the Word hasn't taken root or isn't established in his heart, the spiritual fruit withers and dies.
Satan uses diversity tactics, the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches to choke the Word making it ineffective in the believer's heart. If we get caught up with the cares of this world, in the things happening around us ... if we get caught up in these things, spending our waking time, our thinking time, on these things ... then he has distracted us. He has deceived us into going the wrong direction, into taking the wrong path. This chokes the Word and makes it ineffective ... unfruitful ... in our lives.
When we get caught up in what's happening around us, we will no longer be effective to change those happenings. Only the spiritual world will change those happenings.
Reverend Robert W. & Mary C. Butler