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Mar 20 2013

Sin in the garden

Not the sin in the Garden of Eden, the sin in my garden.

For many seasons, I waged  war against the weeds growing on my lawn.  I’d buy all sorts of expensive and noxious chemicals and fancy weed-pullers in my efforts to kill them.  The weeds would just laugh and mock me, multiplying and spreading despite all my concentrated efforts to get rid of them.

Then one day, as I was looking at the weeds taking over my lawn,  I decided that I would try something new and different.  Instead of focusing on killing the weeds, I would focus on regularly feeding and watering the grass.

Well, in a matter of a few weeks, the grass grew green and healthy and choked out the weeds!  I finally had the nice green lawn I wanted.  Keeping it that way, however, does require me to be disciplined and continue to regularly feed and water the grass though, or the weeds will just come right back.

If we have our eyes and ears open, God teaches us many important lessons through the mundane things of life.  I thought about how similar my battle against the weeds was to the battle against the sin in my life. I need to have the proper focus in my fight against sin in order to have victory there also.

If my focus is on killing the sin, Satan just laughs and I experience one demoralizing defeat after another.  But if my focus is on God, His goodness, through the power of the Holy Spirit, chokes the sin out of my life.  Just like caring for the grass, however, I have to be disciplined in my relationship with God, or just like the weeds, the sin will quickly make a comeback.  Now don’t get me wrong, I am not without sin.  No Christian living in this fallen world is, but if I focus on the things of God; regular Bible study, prayer, and fellowship with other believers, it makes it far more difficult for sin to gain a foothold in my life, and it keeps me moving forward on the path of being conformed into the image of Christ.

Phil 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

2Cor 10:4 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.

Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.

1John 4:4 Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

 

Photo by Jakub Kolar (own work) [CCO], via Wikimedia Commons

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  1. Tishrei

    This is a very good post. If we put our focus on Him, everything else falls into its proper place. When we try and combat sin on our own, inevitably we will lose.

    I also like your analogy of the weeds in your lawn. With the focus on your weeds, they would not go away. However, when you put your focus on your grass, that’s what grew.

  2. Ed

    Thank you Tishrei,

    I do my best to have an awareness of the lessons God teaches us
    from the everyday things we experience. Even so, I’m sure I miss a lot of them :) .

  3. Pat

    :) :) Amen!!

    1. Ed

      Thank you Pat, and thanks for visiting!

      BTW. I like to go fishing also :)

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