07 Sep Weeding the garden of your heart
Put on your happy boots and tend to the garden of your heart!
An unattended garden is overtaken by weeds and chokes the life from the seeds sown.
There are many things in the world competing for the soil of your heart. The world is just waiting to plant its ideas into your head. Turn on the TV, the programs and advertisements are planting thoughts in your mind. If you meditated on these thoughts, they will eventually make their way to your heart. You will be longing for what the world has to offer. You will be in competition to look your best, drive your best—even if you have to go in debt to possess!
Just because you have a thought, you don’t have to think on it, allow it to keep bombarding your day and bringing you to a place of competition, comparison and jealousy.
If you read Psalm 73, you will find a person that was struggling. He was discouraged, it seemed nothing every went right for him, yet the ungodly prospered and everything was going well!
I love the Psalms, they reflect our own life experiences. The purpose of the psalms is to tell us how to solve the problems we face in life.
The believer, tried to solve his problem, “…when I thought how to understand this, it was too painful for me—UNTIL I went into the sanctuary of God, then I
understood their end.” (Psalm 73:16-17). This is the turning point, when He saw and understood God’s plans. He shifted from natural thinking to spiritual thinking. Seeing things from God’s perspective.
Natural thinking centers our attention on ourselves. We become a slave to our feelings, our moods, and our emotions. Our emotions keep us in constant turmoil when we try to reason in our minds what is happening.
So, we must check the garden of our hearts. What have we been planting in the soil. Thoughts from the world’s way or thoughts from God’s Word?
You must pull out the weeds, the thoughts of the world, and plant your own garden from the seeds of God’s Word!
Don’t allow others to plant seeds in your heart. Holding on to unforgiveness allows someone else to plant a seed in your heart that very easy could turn to bitterness.
Praise and thanksgiving will turn the soil of your heart and and receive the seeds of God’s Word. Faith comes from your heart and without faith it is impossible to please Him. (Hebrews 11:6).
Rejoice, God loves to recycle. The Holy Spirit can take all those ugly thoughts and water them to produce good fruit in your life!