“But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.” Matthew 13:25

Sometimes it might seem that you get up in the morning, and someone has planted weeds among your beautiful flowers. Where did they come from so fast? What happened while you were sleeping?

If we fall asleep spiritually, or slip into neutral and just try to coast along, the enemy of our souls will seize this opportunity to plant spiritual weeds in our heart. A root of bitterness will take hold, and slowly start to destroy us.

We must stay alert and on guard spiritually! Keep your eyes on your spiritual garden, and don’t let the enemy come in and plant his ungodly seeds.

Prayer: Lord, let me alert and awake spiritually. Open my eyes to the tricks of the enemy, and show me how to protect my spiritual life.

Devotion by Liane Grant

“The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain.” Proverbs 15:19

We can complain about weeds, get angry at them and even yell at them. (If talking to plants can help them grow, maybe that will work!) But if we really don’t want them around, we have to take steps to prevent them. It could be a weed control membrane that we place under the soil, or perhaps a weed control spray that we apply.

It’s the same spiritually. We are responsible for weed control in our hearts.. We may need an extra layer of prayer to protect us, or some more “washing of water by the Word”.

If we are slothful (lazy), weeds will overtake us. But if we are righteous and diligent, we will take steps to prevent and control spiritual weeds. And our spiritual garden will be beautiful!

Prayer: Lord, help me to be diligent in preventing and controlling spiritual weeds in my life. I want my heart to be a beautiful garden that You feel welcome in.

Devotion by Liane Grant

“For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.” Luke 6:44

Not all weeds are ugly. Some are colourful and delicate. But a weed is a weed. You won’t find anything useful such as fruit on it.

Sometimes the weeds that crop up in our spiritual life seem somewhat attractive on the outside. Stubbornness may be disguised as determination, pride as self-esteem. But call it what it is. If it is not producing spiritual fruit in your life, it’s just… a weed.

It’s what’s on the inside that always counts – in plants and in hearts. Let’s make sure we don’t get fooled by a pretty package. Get to the heart of the matter and make sure you are cultivating real plants rather than weeds.

Prayer: Lord, give me discernment to know what is really growing in my life. Give me wisdom to know the difference between true spiritual fruit and pretty weeds.

Devotion by Liane Grant