God's Roadmap

Now may the Lord Jesus Christ and our Father God, who loved us and in his wonderful grace gave us eternal comfort and a beautiful hope that cannot fail, encourage your hearts and inspire you with strength to always do and speak what is good and beautiful in his eyes (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 TPT).

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Negative Thoughts are Weeds in our Minds

by Barbara Latta

I love spring because warmer weather and flower planting are on the agenda. 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. The fresh growth calls for additional plants to fill the garden space.

However, after being dormant all winter unwelcome invaders attack my flower garden. Weeds! They not only ruin the look of the garden, these culprits can choke out the beautiful plants I love. Pulling wild growth out of the ground can become hard work, but if attacked while small, the task is easy. Those weeds started out as seeds that were dropped onto the ground or blown there by the wind.  The villains weren’t noticeable until growth appeared.

I cultivate my flower garden by tilling the soil, pulling up weeds, watering, and fertilizing the
earth. The result is beautiful flowers.

Our mind is God’s garden. Seeds can get planted 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.

Seeds are small and can’t be seen after being covered with dirt. But after growth starts the type of seed planted is evident. Ridding the garden of weeds that have been growing for a long time is a struggle because the roots are deep. Bad thoughts allowed to remain in place can get deep roots also and the negative influence gets embedded into our minds. That’s why we have 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 the thoughts are small will insure seeds don’t take root and clog our hearts. Our wellspring of life can flow freely if it isn’t stopped up with weeds.

God’s words says, “Above all else, guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life” (Proverbs 4:23).

Share how you guard your heart to keep the weeds out.