But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. (KJV)
Do you need some weeding done?
Experienced gardeners occasionally have trouble distinguishing between an unfamiliar species of weed and useful plants. The gardener might have to inspect the plant more closely or even wait until it blooms to determine it is, in fact, a weed. The Father is sure. When He looks at you, what will He see? Where the world might see humility, will He see pride?
Isaiah 14:14 “I will rise past the tops of the clouds and rival the Most High God!” (The Passion Translation TPT)
Where the world might see philanthropy; will He see your need for recognition and elevation above everyone else fuels your giving, not the desire to be charitable?
Isaiah 14:13a You said in your heart, “I will ascend into heaven and exalt my throne above the stars of God”.(The Passion Translation TPT)
Where the world might see a selfless minister in the faith, will He see the need for praised instead of the desire to serve?
Isaiah 14:13b I will rule on the mountain of the congregation, on the highest place of the sacred mountain. (The Passion Translation TPT)
You get the picture? What caused the change, or was Jesus never Lord.
Matthew 15:8 These people draw near Me with their mouths and honor Me with their lips, but their hearts hold off and are far away from Me. (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition AMPC)
The right timing or situation will expose the “weeds” (the truth of what lies within you) or character flaws. The devil wants the most devastating damage done to you and those around you. He will strategically wait for the right time to reveal what is inside you. Don’t give him the victory. Go to God for yourself and ask him to save you or expose the weeds that need to be pulled from the garden of your heart.
Psalm 26:2-3 Examine me, God, from head to foot, order your battery of tests. Make sure I’m fit inside and out So I never lose sight of your love, But keep in step with you, never missing a beat. (The Message MSG)
Always remember you are in God’s garden, and He will remove the weeds.
Matthew 13:41-42 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. 42 They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (New International Version NIV)
Take a moment right now and ask yourself are you saved. Do you talk like Jesus instructed and commanded? Do you act like Jesus instructed and commanded? Is the Spirit of God evident in your life? This is a moment between you and God. No one else is listening. Honesty is critical. If you cannot say yes to all 3 questions, ask the Lord to save you right now.
Father I thank you for orchestrating this moment. Touch the heart of the reader right now. Save who needs to be saved. Deliver who needs to be delivered. Set the captives free. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.
If that moment was for you, give the Lord praise and hold on to what He did.
Please agree with me as I pray:
Father, please keep me close to You. Thank You for showing me every time You see a weed sprouting in the garden of my heart. I know the devil plants them to discredit my faith, cause me to stumble, damage my witness, and make me appear as a hypocrite. It is my job to submit every weed to You. I repent for making excuses. The only thing the excuses did was to let the weed grow and spread. Some of those weeds had been growing for a long time and I didn’t know it. Their roots were deep and painful to remove. Thank You for deliverance. Thank You for reminding me I am a plant in Your garden. You know the difference between what You planted and a weed. I don’t want to be a weed and I don’t want You to pull me out. Thank You for changing my perspective and my attitude. I come to You today and every day asking You to help me keep my garden weed free. I don’t want to get in Your way. Tie me to the altar of Your love and power. Don’t allow me to move until You remove any weed You see. I thank You for being my Constant Gardner…
Ask the Lord what He wants to say to you about today’s devotional and journal His response as described here.