A few days ago I Posted a well known message although the name has been changed a few times and I called it “ The Garden of our Heart ” it was originally called “ The Garden of our Daily Living ” the Author is unknown, but it’s focus was on God’s Truth and is very good, so without loosing the original message about cultivating a healthy Garden, I added some very important Nutrients needed for our Spiritual growth in the Garden of our hearts.
Today I want to focus on the weeds or sin that we have let Satan plant in our lives, they can stop our Garden from growing in a healthy way, their roots go deep down and kill all the goodness in our Garden. We need to put a stop to them but there is only one way we can do this and it’s not by wishing and hoping, or trying real hard to get rid of them, covering them up, justifying our weedy actions by blaming others or by ignoring them and we can be sure minimizing them won’t make them disappear either but there is a way to not only stop their roots from spreading and entangling so we don’t become trapped in them but to kill them off permanently.
One important thing we need to remember is that weeds are not about our weaknesses and shortcomings we all have these but yes Satan likes to accuse us of evil because of them through his fleshy followers. Weeds that destroy are those things that do not come from Faith and Faith is all about Love shown in Actions.
Romans 6:11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Jesus has set us free so we claim Victory over our weeds, we are to say boldly as God tells us above, that they do not have a hold on us and than as we choose to walk in the Fruit of the Spirit, Jesus empowers us to do this through The Holy Spirit and no Temptation will be greater than we can bear and the roots of the weeds are killed off and so our hearts are Cultivated to produce good fruit and the branch is strong and cannot be broken off.
Colossians 3:4-6 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.
2 Corinthians 7: 1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
Galatians 24 -26 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. if we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
Romans 8:1-4 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Romans 8 :12-15 Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation—but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. or if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
Luke 6:43 For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
The focus we need to have is Jesus, only He can bring good fruit from our lives, we can’t do this alone but He does not force us to Trust Him and seek Him in everything, although He does tell us to seek , ask and knock so we can be complete and have good fruit.
John 15:4-5 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
God is Love and His plans for us are very good, He does not afflict us willingly or cause us to grieve, He is not seeking to condemn us but wants to help us be all He created us to be . Because we Love Him we willingly don’t hurt Him by allowing our weeds to grow and destroy the closeness we have with Him, we kill off the roots instead by walking in Fruit of The Spirit.
We Love others because we believe that they are all people of worth even those who call us their enemies, Jesus died for them too, we don’t know their hearts, we don’t know if they will repent and accept the free gift of Salvation and so be our Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus eternally but even if we did know that they wouldn’t repent, we still don’t hold onto the weeds of revenge, bitterness and resentment, even though we may be upset with their injustice and unfairness and even express it, will they listen, mostly not but they cannot claim they didn’t know.
1 Peter 1:21-23 Who by Him do believe in God, that raised Him up from the dead, and gave Him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God. Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the Truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned Love of the brethren, see that ye Love one another with a pure heart fervently: Being Born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
Thank you for listening – Christian Love from both of us – Anne