Psalm 139:23-24 “God, examine me and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any bad thing in me. Lead me on the road to everlasting life.”
There is always one thing I have always tried to avoid each season when I plant my flowers. I've avoided planting perennials. Primarily because I am afraid that I wouldn't be able to tell the difference between the weeds and the plant regrowing and would probably pull them out. I know it's silly because I enjoy planting my flowers, but my green thumb only goes so far. Although last year, for the first-time, I decided to try planting 3 perennials. We have pillars on our porch so I decided to plant them in front of the pillars so I would remember not to pull anything new and green this year. So far, it's worked, and I can't wait to see them in bloom along with the annuals I will plant this month.
As I have been preparing my flower bed, I have had to pull out the weeds that grew over the winter and I will be pulling weeds while my flowers grow. Like all garden stories, weeds too have something we can learn from. We know weeds are bad for gardens because they grow wildly and eventually, if not pulled, will use up the good soil for the flowers and could even choke out the flower. Some weed pulling is easy as it's scattered around the flower bed but every so often you may find those weeds tucked by the flower and its roots maybe even be a little tangled up with the leaves. But to really get at a weed you need to pull it up roots and all, so it won't come back. Once the weeds are gone your garden has a chance to flourish.
I believe when David asked the Lord to search his heart it was his first step in removing the weeds in his life called sins. His approach was a wise one because getting to the root of our sins requires help from God who knows everything about us. Psalm 139:1-2 “Lord, you have examined me and know all about me. You know when I sit down and when I get up. You know my thoughts before I think them.”
Weeds are sneaky and pop up easily in our gardens, and when we don't take care of them right away, they quickly overtake everything we worked so hard to plant. Things can be looked at like weeds. Sin is sneaky and pops up in our lives when we let our guard down or just let small things go. And like weeds, if we ignore sins or neglect to nip it in the bud right away, they can overtake our lives.
To rid the weeds from our life it requires knowing when satan is trying to tempt us and realizing when we have the weeds starting. Next it does require the hard part, pulling them out. Some may already be deeper than others and some may have already begun to tangle around your life. David's approach is the best way, ask God to help you see the sins and then ask him to help remove them. That is how you can weed wisely. Even before the sin takes you God can help you see it, to know to pull it.
But we also have to be wise. Like my perennials, where we plant good seed, where we are strong in the Lord, we have to remember what we know. So, when the weeds threaten, we won't pull the good out among the bad.
When we know God, have that relationship with Him, and know how much He loves us. We can boldly ask God to search our hearts and help us through all temptations. Then we can ask God to lead us down the right path and His plan in our lives. Go ahead and start pulling those weeds and plant yourself in Jesus today.
Today we are going to continue our study through 1 John and read through lesson 6 or if you want to just read and let the Holy Spirit lead we will be reading 1 John 2:28- 3:2. As always the link to the lesson is below.
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