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The Garden

Today I finally had a chance to get outside and tend to my garden. I've been working a lot lately, and unfortunately the neglect was evident, based on the overgrown vines, and plants barely hanging on to life. Though my garden was looking pretty pitiful, I still had hope because I had revived failing flowers in the past. As I stooped in the dirt, with what sounded like a million mosquitos singing in my ears despite the repellant i was covered in, I started to think about the garden of my soul.
It's so easy for troubles, and cares to creep in to our hearts like vines if we're not careful, and choke out the Word of the Lord. I'm sure you've been there, so concerned about a certain problem, or situation, that your fears -also known as the lies of the enemy- begin to drown out those things you know to be true about God. You even begin to forget those miracles He's done in your life previously, the giants He has slain, and His all sufficiency. Before you know it, your soul begins to feel like a dry, and parched land, and you start to wonder if anything fresh and green will ever grow, and blossom there again. The Bible tells us to be vigilant, because our adversary, the devil roams around seeking someone to devour.
 1 Peter 5:8, NIV Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

Yes, the devil wants to steal our fruit, the good things God has sown in us, not only for our benefit, but for the benefit of others. So the evil one tries his best to whisper hopelessness into our hearts : who do you think you are? You'll never be good enough, it's too hard, there's no point, nobody cares. He is the father of lies, and the Bible tells us that he has been a liar from the very beginning.

John 8:44 NIV,  He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

The only way for me to bear good fruit, is to tend my garden. Tear out the weeds by remembering the goodness of the Lord, water the soil of my heart by reading the many promises Jesus has written for me in His Word, the Bible.

Romans 10:17 ESV, So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

Proverbs 4:23 KJV, Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

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