Yesterday was a “weedy” day.
Whatever do you mean, you may be asking. In my last (and first) entry I spoke about the thought-life and I likened it to a garden. Bad/negative thoughts = WEEDS. So, yes, my “garden” was on the tipping point of being overrun by those dastardly, prickly, blood-letting suckers.
To be quite honest, there are sometimes that it definitely feels like an uncontrollable thing. At one point you may ask yourself, “How did it get so bad?” Sneaky weeds. Thanks to the curse, they have NO problem growing at an exponential rate, am I right? Just ask anyone who gardens.
So, let’s go back to the beginning and look at man in the original garden. Can we find a parallel there?
First, it says that God gave man dominion over the earth and all things in it. Dominion = authority. Remember that. Genesis 2:15 says: “And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.” If we look at what the words in the original language mean, you can gain more insight. First of all, Eden means “pleasure.” The word “dress” means to work (it) and the word “keep” means to hedge about, protect, attend to. Ok so protect this garden (a place of pleasure and delight) from what? From the enemy. From the one who prowls about seeing whom he MAY devour. The one who watched man in the garden, seeking out a way to undermine and steal from man the authority and dominion that he himself wanted and tried to overthrow the throne of God to obtain.
Unfortunately, he succeeded. And how did he do it? Their thought-life. Their “mind-garden” so to speak. He implanted doubts into their minds as to God’s goodness and also to who they were and what they had. Does that sound familiar? What should’ve happened was Adam looking at Satan, pointing a finger in his face and telling him to get the you-know-what out of there because he was trespassing. Adam had the authority to do that and Satan would’ve had to obey. But because they allowed those “weeds” of doubt and lies to come in and take root, they lost it all and Satan illegally obtained authority over our earth.
And in the process they lost their true pleasure and delight: being at peace and in intimate fellowship with God Himself. Paradise lost? More like given away.
Jesus came as the Second Adam and did all that the first Adam should have so that our authority and dominion could be restored through Him. Thank You Lord. He was our example in how to deal with the lies and deceit of the enemy: wield the Word with authority and faith, no compromise, no discussion. But the Word only becomes a weapon when it becomes completely settled in our hearts that it is absolutely true. Faith sharpens it’s edges and only then we can cut through the thorny, weedy lies of the enemy like a sharp knife through soft butter.
And yesterday, my sword certainly wasn’t as sharp as it could’ve been. Our enemy is relentless and sneaky and wicked and cruel, yes, but remember that “greater is He that is in me than He that is in the world.” Sometimes I think we are guilty of putting faith in our faith instead of the One who has given us the gift of faith. We try to work ourselves up into having more faith instead of seeking the One whom we should have faith in.
So, remember Adam and Eve and their failure to keep and protect their “garden” and be vigilant and persistent in keeping yours. Don’t let the enemy steal your peace or truth. Sharpen your sword, seek His face, pull up those God-forsaken lies and remember Philippians 4:6-8.
Genesis 3:17B-18: “….cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee……”