When I first started gardening I did not know how to distinguish between plants and weeds. Sometimes I had to wait to see what the plant was going to do before I pulled it or nurtured it. I soon figured out that weeds tend to show a lot of green foliage with little flower and grow much faster than the plants I really want to grow!
I think this is like our thought life; when Satan wants us to worry, the thoughts tend to multiply quickly and snowball out of control, but right thinking takes concentration and intentional thought. We have to nurture the good thoughts like we do the fresh seedlings in our garden and drastically remove (cast down) those thoughts that are not from God.
We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5)
I can check in a gardening book if I am not sure if a plant is a weed or flower and we can do the same with our thoughts. Do they agree with God’s word? If not, then scripture tells us to renew our thinking with God’s words and His thoughts. When our thoughts are from God they bring peace and comfort. The kind of thinking that causes stress and worry does not come from God.
As my gardening skills increased, not only did I learn to recognize a weed from a flower, I learned that it is easier to keep weeds out of the garden than to try to remove them. The same is true of our thought life. This is why God tells us to guard our minds against the lies of the enemy.
The most effective way to keep weeds out of the garden is to leave no room for them. A garden full of healthy plants and flowers is the best guard against weeds gaining ground. Fill your mind with scripture, positive thoughts, and praises for God and you will find there is little room left for the destructive and negative thoughts Satan tries to plant.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8
Calling on the Master Gardener: Lord, Thank You for the thoughts that You give. I pray that my thoughts will be Your thoughts and that when the enemy tries to invade my thought life I will replace those ideas with Your word which is truth. I praise You for bringing peaceful and positive thoughts to my mind Amen.
Preparing the Soil:
What types of “weed” thoughts do you struggle to keep out of your mind?
For every negative or untrue thought you have, list an opposite thought that reflects God’s truth. For example:
Negative: I am worried about my finances.
Positive: God will supply all my needs.
Sowing the Word: Find scripture to address your “weed” thoughts and use this scripture as prayers when you are tempted to entertain negative thoughts.
Establishing Roots: Philippians 4:7-9, Isaiah 26:3, Proverbs 16:3
Garden Wisdom: Use mulch to keep weeds under control and make sure to get the entire root when pulling up a weed or it will grow back!
You are in control of your thoughts – make them as lovely as you are! ~ Mary