There are many of us through over the years who have planted seeds in our gardens that only grew for the destruction of our harvest. Our heart is the spiritual garden in which we plant seeds in. Sometimes the plant we thought would look good in our garden turns out to be a nightmare for the surrounding plants that do produce. There are plants in life that may look good and pleasing to the eye, even giving off a savoring fragrance, yet when they grow, they bring forth insects that destroy, vines that chock and contaminated soil. Hence destroying the whole garden in time. We tent to plant these seeds through bitterness, anger, hurt, denial, self-centeredness, rejection, slothfulness, pride, unforgiveness, resentment towards another and so on. As we continue in these ways, we are waterinr, giving sunlight and air to such seeds. Which in return grow for the sole purpose of your destruction. "Thou shalt not sow thy vineyard with divers (various) seeds: lest the fruit of thy seed which thou hast sown, and the fruit of thy vineyard, be defiled",(Deuteronomy 22:9). We must watch carefully what we toss into our soil. In order for us to plant good seeds (Mark 4:20) ,we have to hear God's word for our life's and receive it in our hearts. Then continue to water it so it will in it season produce that which is good unto us. God's word indeed is the least of all seeds: "but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof", (Matthew 13:32). See the Lord said "by their fruits you shall know them". It's quit easy to see what is planted in a person's garden (heart), by seeing and hearing the fruit that is produced outwardly. Jesus is teaching a form of discernment here. In order for us to have the seeds that are required for producing the "fruits of the Spirit" . We have to through the power of God uproot that which is bad in our hearts, allow God to plow our garden with his Spirit and seek out wisdom from above,(James 3:17). The timing with this process may take longer than others, depending on your ability to want God's help, the amount of sin seeds in your garden and the amount of self-control you contain, which comes from knowledge,(2 Peter 1:5-7). So please be patient with God and let him do his perfect work in you as you continue to earnestly seek his help. As for myself going on 8 years and still the cleansing process is present. The apostle Paul was into his 8th year before he was totally cleansed in Corinth. You must also understand that: the forgiveness(pardon) of sin and the cleansing(purging,uprooting) of sin are two different things. That is why we continue to do things that we ask forgiveness for, yet we keep on doing them. Those sins are pardoned (forgiven) yet we are not purged (cleansed) from them just yet. Also there may be things that you would never do again; but at one time you loved to partake in those certain sins. That is because you have been cleansed from them! Understand? So keep the faith, look to God, take hold of righteousness, seek out wisdom and knowledge, pray without ceasing and be patient. With this you will have the fruits of the Kingdom of God and everyone will know it! For they shall see your fruits and Glorify your God!
Your brother in Christ,
Apostle Justin Thomley
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