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The Covering

On this pleasant summer morning, I went for my daily walk around the neighborhood. There was a nice breeze, low humidity – which could be seen as a miracle for a North Carolina day – just a pleasant walk around the circle through my neighborhood and the newly developed one adjacent to ours. No real thoughts were circulating through my mind while I was traversing the roads. However, I began to notice the weeds in a few yards.

For our neighborhood that’s nothing new. It’s an older neighborhood. But in the newly developed one, it was thought-provoking. Weeds are opportunistic. They will always come up when things are left untended. In new lawns, it’s easy to spot those little weeds popping up. In the older yards, weeds just begin to creep in little by little. For the people who are diligent in their lawn care procedures, weeds do not have the chance to grow. I would have thought in the new development, the people would have been more diligent in their care. After all, they just spent a lot of money putting in their new lawns.

As I considered these things after my walk, I thought about weeds in general – physical and spiritual. In the physical world, weeds are a natural covering for the earth. Barrenness is actually a wound to the earth and the weeds come because the earth wants to heal – to fill in those barren places. We think of weeds as a nuisance. But most weeds are really beneficial to the earth and actually to our bodies. Dandelions are quite good for us. I once heard God did not create barren places. He created the Garden of Eden. It was paradise – lush and beautiful. It was the fall of man who brought the barrenness – the desert places.

Maybe the physical barrenness is actually a physical representation of our own barrenness of soul. We too have fallen into that barren place through the fall of man. Our physical bodies are set on destruction. It’s the way of our fall. We see the decay every day when we look in the mirror. A couple of more wrinkles – a few more gray hairs. Well, if you’re my age. If you are still young with your whole future ahead of you, you might not see it for a few more years. However, it’s a given. It’s going to happen.

But like the earth, the body wants to heal. It has an innate ability to cover over the hurt areas in order for the body to heal. Cholesterol can be seen as such. It covers over the damage in an artery. It’s unfortunate that too much of it can cause blockages and the doctors want to reduce the cholesterol circulating through the veins. However, the root of the problem is not cholesterol, but the damage in the arteries. What caused the damage in the first place?

What is the root cause of the barrenness in our souls? What created the damage in the first place? If the person has never known Jesus as Lord and Savior, then the root cause of barrenness for that person is the fall of man – the natural fallen state. For the person who knows Jesus, then it might be a lack of attention to the weeds that creeps in when left untended. Weeds are an indication, like cholesterol, something needs to be addressed.

Through Scripture, we are told one day we will have a new body at the resurrection. We have to live with what we have for now. We intentionally need to care for our bodies now, but it still will end up in the dust one day. But behold the new body and the new earth one day! What a beautiful day that will be. Right? No more destruction or decay. No more tears from pain. No more heartache or headaches. No more brokenness. Total healing. Today, we don’t have total healing. Today, we have problems to address. We have to be intentional in dealing with the weeds if we want a better today.

The lush lawns are a perfect example of fertilizing and lawn maintenance of trimming and weeding. If left untended, it will go back to its natural state. Our natural state is the way of fallen man. Let’s be diligent today of staying fertilized in God’s Word with the proper pruning to keep our hearts clean and ready for Jesus’ presence. One day, Jesus will return. Let’s make sure our lives are lush and beautiful for that day! Let’s get busy trimming and cover what’s barren through the presence of Jesus so we can be fruitful for God’s Kingdom. It’s time to address those roots. Dig it out before it ruins your Garden.

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:12-16

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Wheat and Weeds

One Saturday morning in July, I went out to clean up my yard. Weeds are very abundant in my yard. I commenced to pulling them up. I have written about weeds in the past, but this time I considered something I had just heard from Beth Moore. She spoke about something God had placed on her heart concerning the time drawing near. God is revealing to her about the need for revival in this land. I think we can all agree with her assessment.

Beth spoke of the times coming up where false teachers and good teachers will be in the same field as shown in the parable about the wheat and weeds. This will be allowed for a time. God has revealed to Beth, the good teachers will be seen by the majority as false teachers. The good teachers will have to endure the suffering during that time. They will be discredited. They will be grieved to know that no one is listening to the Truth being spoken. She had more to say on the subject but this really spoke to me. She tells the audience not to believe her words, but to study and seek confirmation in God’s word for this truth.

As I was pulling my weeds, I was thinking of her insights about the parable. I also remembered a devotional on this same passage (Matthew 13:24-30), which I just read a few days prior Beth’s message. The devotional pointed out we are not to judge who are the wheat and the weeds – only God can make that judgment. We just need to make sure we are in the wheat category! However, with Beth’s insight we do need to judge the teachers. We are not to be deceived and are to scan scripture for the Truth. We are to be diligent about studying for ourselves the Word so that we will know when someone is speaking falsely.

We need to be able to understand the truth up front, right now, so that we will not be deceived. The truth needs to be spoken and we need to hear it, even if we don’t like what is being said. The teaching of Jesus is very divisive meant to cut to the heart for repentance. But Jesus always spoke out of love. The ones who are speaking on His behalf will speak out of that same love as well. We need to recognize the difference and know the ones to whom God has placed in the field to speak the truth for our repentance before the harvest comes.

The weeds were sown while everyone was sleeping (verse 25). Wake up; it’s time to be ready for the harvest!

“The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.“The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’” Matthew 13:27-30

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