This is not a shock. We have an enemy. He is fully committed to our destruction. 1 Peter 5:8, is a clear reminder of that truth. John 8:44 and John 10:10 outline for us his m/o. He is a liar, murderer, thief, and destroyer.
In the parable of the soils the first thing we see in Christ’s explanation is satan stealing the Word of God, Matthew 13:19, Mark 4:15, and Luke 8:12.
If we are engaged in a life of following Christ, we will face resistance. We will face lying, stealing, killing, and destroying. Christ did. Paul did. The apostles did. We will.
We need to recognize from where it is coming. It is only then that we can use the weapons we have been given to combat his schemes, Ephesians 6:10 – 20.