Luke 11:24 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out.
Luke 11:25 And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished.
Luke 11:26 Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.
Most gardeners will tell you that their garden is a never-ending job. If left alone, it will produce the most beautiful crop of weeds, yet every garden starts at the same place.
The gardener starts by deciding where he will place his garden; what plot of ground will be graced with his efforts.
Even before ground is broken, the gardener must decide the size, content and shape of his garden. If he makes it too small, it will not produce enough for his needs but, if he makes it too big, it may be too much work for him to handle efficiently.
Then the gardener must break up the soil and bury whatever is presently growing there, as it will only hinder his produce. This means completely turning the soil over so he can start new. This causes its own problems and work as the soil must be disturbed, loosened, and cleared of rocks and debris.
The gardener must make sure everything is ready before he plants his seed. Food for his plants must be available for them, all dangerous chemicals, predatory plants and animals are controlled, and there is sufficient sunlight available.
Even after everything is ready, the gardener still must think about the quality and quantity of seed and where he is going to place each group, for their gathering of sunlight and compatibility with each other. (Much like humans, even some plants cannot endure other plants of other species.)
When everything is ready, the gardener sows his seed.
Matthew 13:3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
Even in this process, not all the seeds produced the same.
Matthew 13:4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
Matthew 13:5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
Matthew 13:6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
Matthew 13:7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:
The birds ate their share and the sun scorched and killed some but, even the rest, which grew, did not all survive.
A garden will always grow SOMETHING either good or bad.
Left to itself, a garden will produce more aggressive weeds than healthy food plants.
The gardener must be continually weeding and caring for his plants until the harvest or else he may gather very little return on his garden. The weeds will spring, seemingly, from nowhere and from nothing but the truth is, is that the weed seed was always there and will spring up when it finds the opportunity to grow. Left alone to reproduce, the weeds will outgrow the productive plants and choke them out.
The gardener must weed every day but he also must watch for insects, drought, and frost, before harvest. He must work against everything that will hinder his crop until it is time to harvest.
His work never stops.
Genesis 3:17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
Genesis 3:18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
Genesis 3:19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
God is the gardener and OUR SOULS are the harvest. We are the plants that God has sown in hopes of receiving His harvest of good fruit.
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Galatians 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Even though God, the gardener, is putting up a good fight for us, we also must strive to survive and produces His bounty.
Weeds are everywhere and are struggling to stop our growth and increase.
Galatians 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
Galatians 5:20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
Galatians 5:21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Our strength and food is found in a trust of our gardener and in the good food, His words, which He has provided.
The gardener can only work as hard as he can, the fruit is up to the plants to produce AND LET US NOT FORGET that it is also our job to reproduce more seed for the next generation of good plants.
Matthew 13:8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
In God’s garden, we are the good plants that are required to reproduce good seed by teaching others about our gardener; in spite of the insects, diseases, drought, scorching heat, and WEEDS (or LUSTS OF THIS WORLD.)
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