This month’s topic was inspired by Our Daily Bread Devotional article titled “Watering the Weeds” by Adam Holz.
As I read through the impactful lesson, I concluded that it was a must share, with as many people as possible.
The focus was on his daughter who wrongly watered the weeds in their garden to see how big they would grow, instead of pulling them out.
His submission was that believers do the same whether advertently or inadvertently, in their spiritual lives. Therefore, we shall be looking at more biblical perceptions of weeds, types of weeds and how to handle them.
First of all,
What are weeds?
Weeds are plants that grow on farms, gardens or land without necessarily being cultivated.
What is the nature of weeds?
Weeds are fast-growing plants that attack real crops, depriving them of the best nourishment from the soil. Some weeds are edible, others are poisonous.
How do you recognize weeds?
Simply by knowing and checking the seed or crop, you have planted. Some even look similar to real crops.
Types of Weeds, We Allow in Our Spiritual Lives.
Recklessness/Lack of Self Control
Evil speaking/Evil thoughts
Love for violence
(The list is endless.)
Read Ephesians 4:25-32, James 1:19, Romans 13:8-14, Matthew 5:28, 1 John 2:16, 1 Peter 2:1, Romans 12:9, Matthew 23:28, Galatians 5:19-21.
How to handle weeds?
Since weeds are not the desired plants or crops, it is best to pull them out while they are still very tender before they take roots and choke the life out of the real crops. However, sometimes, some weeds are best left alone till the end, in order not to jeopardize a bountiful harvest.
The Biblical and Spiritual Perceptions of Weeds.
“And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them.”
Matthew 13:7 NKJV
“Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them.”
Matthew 13:24-29 NKJV
God wants us to totally uproot these weeds from our lives because they hinder our spiritual growth. They are tools in satan’s hands and they come in subtly in the form of thoughts before metamorphosing into dangerous acts, habits or hobbies or lifestyles.
Read Philippians 4:8-9
The responsibility of weeding out satanic influences in our lives is solely ours but God willingly supplies Grace and Strength to us when we obediently yield our will to Him.
May The Good Lord grant us the courage, boldness and necessary help for growth in our walk with Him in Jesus’ Name.