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Sat, May 24 2008 - 06:46 AM

Too Many Weeds

Have you ever noticed how quickly a few weeds can multiple in your garden?  They seem to take over and try to choke the life out of your precious plants.  Sometimes, when the rains come, the weeds seem to grow twice as fast as the plants.  Sure, you try to pluck out the weeds, but it seems 2 others grow in the place of the one you removed.   It is a constant battle, but with proper care and a lot of hardwork, fertilizer and sunshine , the plants survive.  Depending on the type of garden, the fighting plants produce food or beautiful blooms.

Isn't it the same in life?  We are surrounded by weeds!  Satan's weeds.  And, most definitely, those weeds are trying to choke the life right out of us!  When the "rains" come (sad times, hard times, stress), have you noticed how fast those weeds grow!  They pop up fast all around you--preying on your weakened state.  Satan takes "cheap shots" and he is proud of that fact!  He'll have you completely surrounded by weeds before you even realize what happened.

Satan is pretty predictable.  I've been noticing how often he does this to me.  During my quiet time this morning I was reading in Matthew and found something that I did not really like but it sure explains a few things! 

Parable of the Wheat and Weeds (Matthew 13:24-30 and 36-43)

Jesus told them another parable...The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.  But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away.  When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.  The owner's servants came to him and said, "Sir, didn't you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?"

"An enemy did this, " he replied.  

The servants asked him, "Do you want us to go and pull them up?"

No, he answered because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them.  Let both grow together until the harvest.  At that time I will tell the harvesters:  First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn."          

36-Then he left the crowd and went into the house.  His disciples came to him and said, Explaiin to us the parable of the weeds in the field".

He answered, "The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man.  The field is the world and the good seed stands for the sons of the kingdom.  The weeds are the sones of the evil one and the enemy who sows them is the devil.  The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.

As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age.  The Son of Man will send out his angels and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil.  They will throw them into the fiery furnace where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father, He who has ears, let him hear.

This week has been one of those weeks where bad news seems to have been in abundance surrounding people that I care about--sickness, death, children purposely cutting themselves, adults turning to alcohol or drugs to hide their fears, financial despair and more.  Weeds.  Satan's weeds--trying to choke God's precious children.

I found myself asking "why?" or "what are you doing with this, Jesus? I don't understand."   I said more than once, this life (life on earth) stinks! I felt the burdened and sad.  There goes Satan's weeds again!  He knew if he could get me feeling bad enough, or questioning God enough or burdened enough that I could not effectively intercede for those who need my prayers during these times.   The rains came, the weeds grew and Satan got hopeful that his weeds could take over.  

But the true sower, Jesus, stepped in and said.... "Oh, no you don't!"

The parable came to life for me in a new way today.  The part I really don't like is this.... Jesus said we will have to live among the enemy weeds.  He isn't going to pull them up because it could uproot us, the wheat. 

Isn't that interesting?  It seems a little mean or cold at first thought.  But, He clearly says that in pulling up the weeds it might uproot the wheat.   So, can it be that all of this tough times (Satan's weeds) help us grow?!  If Jesus didn't allow them to "grow" near us, would our "roots" die or be easily pulled up?  Would we forget to look to the Son?  Would we try to stand and grow on our own?  Do we really need the weeds!? 

Sadly, I guess we do.  For Jesus is love.  He loved us enough to leave all of the glory, beauty and majesty of heaven and come to a sin-drenched earth in a human body and experienced all the pain and temptation that regular humans do.  He even "took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows" Isaiah 53:4.  If He loves us that much, surely He wouldn't leave the weeds to surround us unless it was for our ultimate, eternal good. 

Knowing that and believing that does not make it easy though!  And I don't think it is supposed to be easy.    

Our job is to fight the weeds!  

The weapons we fight with are not weapons of the world.  On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds (weeds-my words).  We demolish arguments (weeds--again my words) and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God (more weeds) and we take captive every thought (often weeds) to make it obedient to Christ.  2 Corinthians 10: 4-5        

Notice the bible says we can DEMOLISH strongholds--and all the other weeds in our life.  Not just survive them.  Not just get by.  Not just beat them--but DEMOLISH them.

One key point to this, in my opinion, is in the last part of the last verse--take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ.  To me, if you have to take something captive that means it is controlled by someone else or out of control.  You usually have to fight to take something captive.  You have to have a plan.  You have to have something to keep it once you take it captive.  You have to guard it and protect it.  I firmly believe that is what God is saying to us.....

Satan goes after our thoughts--that is one of his strongest weeds.  We really have to fight those negative thoughts, doubting thoughts, stressful thoughts, desparate thoughts, angry thoughts  and take those thoughts CAPTIVE and turn them into Godly thoughts--thoughts that are obedient to the word of God.   

We cannot fight all the other weeds until we get our thoughts captive. 

For this reason, I remind you to "fan into flame" the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.  For God did not give you a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.  Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you--guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.  2 Tim: 1:-6-7, 14 

We can win the battle of the weeds because the Holy Spirit never leaves us.  The Sower Himself resides in the wheat and with that we know we can do all things.

Jesus, give us strength to fight the weeds in our life.  Let us capture and guard our thoughts and hold them captive for You.  Help us remember that you reside in us and know where we are and what we are going through.  Though surrounded by weeds at times, we cannot be defeated for You are with us.  You have allowed the weeds to stay until the end of times and it is only then that we will truly understand.  Thank you for knowing what is best.  Help us to trust your way and your perfect timing.  Thank you for leaving your heavenly home to be one of us so that we know you understand and we know the extent of your love for us.  True love never harms.  Amen   

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