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"Let not mercy and truth forsake you; bind them around your neck. Write them on the tablet of your heart" (Proverbs 3:3).
Sunday, May 31, 2015
Weeding God's Garden
by Barbara Latta
Seeds produce what is planted
I love spring because it means warmer weather and flower planting. Usually, by the time I come out of hibernation the bulbs placed in the ground during the fall months have already started pushing through the earth with new blooms. That calls me to plant something else to go with them.
However, after being dormant all winter unwelcome invaders want to invade my flower garden. Weeds! They not only ruin the look of the garden, they can choke out the beautiful plants I love. Pulling them out of the ground can become hard work, but if they are attacked while they are small, the task is easy. Those weeds started out as seeds that were dropped onto the ground or blown there by the wind. They weren’t noticeable until they started to grow.
Seeds are small and can’t be seen after they are put into the ground. But after they grow, the type of seed that’s been planted is evident. It’s a lot harder to get rid of weeds in the garden that have been growing for a long time because the roots are deep. Bad thoughts and attitudes that are allowed to stay in place can get deep roots also. The longer we let them stay, the harder they are to get rid of.
Our mind is God’s garden. Seeds can get planted there according to what we put into our minds. If we plant the good seed of God’s Word, we have a beautiful, fruitful garden for all to enjoy. But if we let bad thoughts, attitudes, and emotions grow, we have weeds.
Weeds need to be uprooted
That's why we need to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. (I Corinthians 10:5).
We must guard our hearts by renewing our minds with the Word of God. Pulling out those weeds from the enemy while they are small will ensure they don’t take root and clog our hearts. Our wellspring of life can flow freely if it isn’t stopped up with weeds. “Above all else, guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life” (Proverbs 4:23).
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