If you have ever farmed, planted anything in any type of garden; you understand the constant struggle with weeds. I have explored many options for keeping weeds at bay. Let’s start with mulch. Depending on the mulch you use, I really like leaves and grass clippings, but in Nebraska; leaves are not always easy to find. You could use wood chips, but then there is disposal at the end of the year. In fall when my family is running like crazy. the woodchips sat in a pile waiting for me to till the ground and then till them into the ground. Sounded like a good idea at the time. Another problem with wood chips is you have to make sure they are dye free, otherwise they might kill your plants. Someone told me they took an old carpet and cut holes into it, it worked really well the first two years, but the third year there was a bit of rain and the carpet molded. Those first two years were dry and it was a pretty flower garden not vegetables. There is the black plastic method which works if you can lay it down before the windy season. Make sure it is very well anchored and holes are cut exactly where you want to cut, the cover with some sort of mulch exposing the holes. You guessed it, this has to be done well before you plant. However, no matter what I tried (did not try the carpet), the weeds still came.
It is the exact same way in life; the lies of the Devil are the weeds. You can put on the Armor of God, reading your Bible, every single day; pray, every single day; and he will still creep into your thoughts. He will still put nasty lies into your head. Yep he is the weeds! Just like our garden, we have to make the constant effort to weed him out of our thoughts. It is not always easy, someone triggers one of those pet peeves, like drivers who cut you off; and boom Satan has an opening. His lie is ‘you should get mad, you don’t deserve to be treated that way’. Let me tell you the problem with that lie, in most cases, the driver did not intend to cut someone off. They might have poor spatial judgement not so bad as they should not be on the road, but enough to make them a nuisance. They may actually be in a hurry. I get that one, time frequently gets away from me. Yesterday, I spent too much time watching the inauguration. As a result, I spent some time rushing around to get things done. Maybe I did cut someone off in traffic, I don’t know. I do know it was not my intention because that is dangerous. Sometimes, I have turned the Praise and Worship music up and just started Praising with the music and there it is I passed my turn. All these things, getting distracted, having an extra job dumped on you, they all give leeway to the Evil one, the father of lies.
What do you do when you hear those nasty little lies? SHUT THEM OUT!!! tell him, that is not true, just because you made one mistake – There is still forgiveness. So yeah sure devil, I had one bad thought, ( a weed) big whoop! My real father, the one in heaven forgives me. God knows I am not perfect , he is teaching me how to pull those weeds the evil one plants. So go on, I pulled you out, you liar get out.
Mark 4: 1-20: Again Jesus began to teach by the lake. The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it out on the lake, while all the people were along the shore at the water’s edge. 2 He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said: 3 “Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.” 9 Then Jesus said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.” 10 When he was alone, the Twelve and the others around him asked him about the parables. 11 He told them, “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables
12 so that, “‘they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!’”
13 Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable? 14 The farmer sows the word.15 Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. 16 Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. 17 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 18 Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; 19 but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. 20 Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.”