BUY STEEL WATERS

PRESS In, START Healing

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Street Fighter strikes again. God’s used it to help me understand how to break down and overcome obstacles I’ve had in learning how to speak in tongues in the past and now this. This is for my gamers.

Learning how to access the gifts of healing of the Holy Spirit has been challenging. I have been learning through my children how to be persistent with it, though. It hit me this morning that before I got nice playing Street Fighter II back in the day, I had to fight through some tough losses. I didn’t quit, though. I was determined to master the game and humbly learned from my losses until I could play at the highest speed and difficulty levels.

Learning to operate in the gifts of the Holy Spirit is the same. It hasn’t worked every time but as long as I don’t just give up and stop, I will become more and more proficient at it. Ultimately, I (and YOU!) can discern the right approach by depending on the Lord to show us how to heal on earth according to what/how He is healing in heaven.  Press. Start.

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(What Street Fighter taught me as I learned to speak in tongues:

10.000 Tongues and a Lot of Lip!:  http://steelwaterspoetry.com/blog/?p=1719)

Heal the Land from the Coroners of the Earth

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God truly is the God of agriculture. I have watched as my backyard has been transformed over the summer. I didn’t just watch, though – I had to put in physical AND spiritual work! Standing on and speaking to the promise of God to heal the land (2 Chronicles 7:14) over my little dusty plot, I watched as one corner of my yard began to get greener and fuller. Each week that I cut my grass, that little area in my yard gave me hope and stayed my faith when the rest of my yard was still looking all dead and ashy!

That is EXACTLY how the Lord has been trying to get us to heal the land that is this world since the moment He planted Adam and Eve into the Garden of Eden. Have dominion over it. Root out what’s ashy. Pull up the weeds and tares little by little Despise not small beginnings. The Kingdom of God is like leaven (yeast) in a lump of dough. It starts off small but when it is kneaded (word play on needed), it is infused throughout to impact the ENTIRE dough. Look at Israel itself. It is a small country but from this little strip of land, the ENTIRE world has and is continuing to be impacted. Your Kingdom come, Lord.  Advance the Kingdom of God from every corner of the world – take back the land from the coroner of the world.

‘And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.’ - Isaiah 11:12

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HOLD On… Just a Little While Longer

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Over time, I am coming to understand and appreciate why God says “No.” Being that I work in a financial aid office at a private institution where tuition is $24K/year with optional housing averaging $12K/year, I have been given very good insight into how a restriction can, in fact, be a blessing from God Who has our best interests at heart.

We are an incredibly short-sighted people as compared to the vision of God. When we want something badly enough, that desire very seriously limits our sight such that we can barely see passed our own noses. Let me speak personally, I (emphasis added beyond the capitalization!) can’t see the forest for the trees when in the midst of acquiring my greatest desires. Though many times I can’t see this while going through my own processes, I can see it clearly when I am the one assisting my students.

We are in the grips of the FA14 HOLD season. Students who failed to assess their resources and costs to create a financial plan BEFORE enrolling here for fall are being restricted from entering into the spring semester where they are likely going to double what they owe unless they are made to stop to consider the costs. Students who have been blinded by their ambitions to be the next big thing in television, radio, fashion and the performing arts are coming into the office (after we’ve pursued them and presented ways to form strategies THROUGHOUT the summer regarding their plans) to talk to us now… in wonderment as to what their HOLD could be stemming from.

Students who had previous balances yet have been given extra grace and unmerited mercy have abused their chances to resolve said debts are getting caught in the middle of planning grandiose trips to study abroad while not having executed the plans we’ve put into place which let them register when they shouldn’t have.  Students are backtracking on what they promised to do  with selective memory regarding what they agreed to sacrifice in order to move ahead.

And wouldn’t you know it… I see the correlation in how I’ve dealt with them in how God is deailng with me! I have been job searching for my next assignment for the past 4 years. I’ve come across some great opportunities that have gotten me pretty excited. Many of the opportunities weren’t even the best fit for my situation but I would always get ahead of myself (or more importantly, get ahead of God) and begin to compromise what I’d asked God for in my next career move. I have been presumptuous. I have been desperate to leave where I am the same way that many of my students are desperate (even those living IN Chicago) to escape their present situation: desperate enough to even incur the $12K/year costs of staying on-campus when they could have just as easily (and cheaply) commuted.

But the HOLD… that HOLD. It brings things into perspective. It reins in unreal and unfocused goals. It forces students to stop avoiding us and as we come face to face to address the plans we’ve wanted to help them secure for months.

One’s circumstance can became crystal clear when you can’t move beyond a given threshold. The still small voice of reason becomes a little louder and easier to hear when your activity is limited. The thing is, all these elements are beneficial; yet in the middle of the holding pattern, it can feel unfair.

God, it’s unfair that I still have to commute this far to work. You see how I’m out of the house from 7am-7pm and how much my family could benefit from me leaving later in the morning and getting home sooner in the evening.

God, it’s unfair that I’m underpaid for the work that I do in YOUR name when I am more qualified than those I report to both in education and experience.

But my God… if I carried my flawed perspective(s) into the next level that He has already prepared for me… if I carried my limited resources into an equal or larger platform that He has PROMISED is waiting for me… letting me wander into it ill-prepared would do more harm than good.  Letting my have my short-sighted way would place me in a bigger vice than I am willing and/or able to see.  Letting me have my way for the sake of not disappointing me would merely delay what is already a guaranteed achievement.  Letting me do what I want when I haven’t learned what I need would be a disservice performed by a God Who is irresponsible. And my God is NOT irresponsible. I am not irresponsible.

I have been able to bring clarity to many a student all while giving them news they didn’t want to hear:  your HOLD must remain until your circumstance changes. Many more times than not, I have been thanked for taking the time to explain their account, how it got to where it is and how to resolve their issues so that they can get where they want to go.

If I am able to do this based on how I’ve seen these scenarios play out over my ~10-year tenure as a financial planning consultant, how much more has God made a plan for my peace and expected end (Jeremiah 29:12) based on His extensive experience over the span of an infinite existence: Whose thoughts are as high above my own as the heavens are above the earth (Isaiah 55:9)?

HOLD on, Lord… just a little while longer.  Perfect me for the prefect that is yet to come.  My change will come… my change will come!  Thank you, LORD.

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Speak Up, Listen UP

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My son has entered a stage (again) where he doesn’t seem to understand the words that are coming out of my mouth. Last year, come to find out, he had lodged something inside of his ear which caused an actual hearing impediment. Once the item was dislodged though, his hearing was back to normal. As of late, it’s his LISTENING that has come into question, though: his comprehension of what I’m asking and telling him along with his willingness to respond and/or execute.  That has had me a little perplexed.

In an attempt to help this brother out, I recently told him to just assume that I’m always talking to him. That way, he’ll just become attuned to my voice or that of his mother or teacher. Specifically though, it is the assumption that his father is always talking to him that immediately (and ironically) spoke to me.

At my church, we actively teach how to prophesy. We understand that it is simply the art of edification, exhortation and comfort (1 Corinthians 14:3) as given to believers according to one of the 9 gifts of the Holy Ghost. Prophecy occurs quite simply when we listen to the still small voice of God and SPEAK what we hear to build up (edify) the church, exhort a fellow saint who is downtrodden or encourage (comfort) someone who is in need. God cares for and knows each of our hearts. As a Father, He desires us to know that He loves us and hears the issues of life pouring out of our heart.

It is for this reason that Solomon stated that we ought to “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23). The Lord (God THE Father) has heard our cries. The issue is, have we really learned how to discern hearing the comfort He speaks to us? While it can pour out from the Bible – the written Word of God; the Word itself is QUICKENED and comes to life even more when it is received by a perceiving ear as an expressed and REAL TIME Word!

I know that the Lord is always speaking. Our pastor even helps us to understand this from time to time by asking us “He IS the Word, is He not?!!” As  such, God ALWAYS has something to say!  So when we argue that He is silent, I would say this… stop arguing. Stop talking. Be STILL… and KNOW that He is God (Psalm 46:10)!

Getting back to my son, what I do now is speak slower to him. I try to be sure to address his name, pause THEN speak my question or directive for him. However, to help train his listening skills, I have refrained from repeating myself. If he gives me a blank stare, doesn’t move as I’ve asked or gives the dreaded “Huh?!!” response, I look at him and say “You heard what I said. THINK about it.” 80% of the time he is able to repeat what I’ve spoken to him and respond with an execution of the task at hand. PAUSE. The Church at large has to learn to use that index finger for more than just tiptoeing out during the message: we have to use it in response to the tones our Heavenly Father is using to communicate with us.  This is your hearing test… listen up!

It is taking time to retrain my manner of speech but it’s important to do so that I might be able to pinpoint any and all issues that are weighing down the lines of communication with my son.  I speak louder, too! That’s the one thing I do honestly wish, as a son, that my Father the KING would do from time to time… are you listening, Lord?!!  Speak UP!

‘My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:’ - John 10:27

‘And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.  And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out , and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said , What doest thou here, Elijah?’ - 1 Kings 19:12-13

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Un-Made in the Shade

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When I was deciding whether the grass needed to be cut today, I almost didn’t cut it because the grass that was in the light didn’t appear to need to be cut. But the grass that’s in the shade has been growing faster and should be the true barometer for when the grass needs to be cut.

It’s fuller and more lustrous there. The sun has a natural way of keeping the lengths that the grass will grow at bay unlike the grass in the shade…

That’s another spiritual metaphor dropped on me thanks to some yard work!

It’s the activities we do when we’re #ThrowingShade that dictate the work that still needs to be done in this #ChristianWalk of ours. #ShadyBusiness

‘ This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie , and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.’ - 1 John 1:5-9

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I Arrest My Case: A Light Sleeper

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I have come to realize that I’ve viewed my sins in a very similar manner to how I view my sleep.  No… I’m not saying I sin so easy I can do it in my sleep!  Though it DOES put a whole new spin on sleepwalking… but that’s another article for perhaps another day for discussing walking in the Spirit versus the flesh a la Romans 8:1-13 and Galatians 5:25.

Sufficient for today is the evil thereof.  I have come to understand that I have had a very childish view of sin.  I confess it today.  I repent from it today.  I have life more abundantly and liberty where the Spirit of the Lord is (2 Corinthians 3:17)… TODAY.

When I was young, I developed this silly notion that if I opened my eyes back up after I’d prepared to “lay me down to sleep,” I essentially would have to start my sleep process all over again.  As a kid, it can be hard to close your eyes and keep them closed, though.  Fear of the dark would rear its ugly head – causing me to double-check that the same darkness behind my eyelids was still the same darkness in front of my eyes.  Fear of the things that go bump in the night would cause me to open my eyes to make sure that the imaginations in my head weren’t really creeping up on me in my room.

Fast forward to me as an adult and I still have that mentality to a certain degree; only now, they’re imaginations connected to grown man issues.  I seem to sleep light more often than not, so if one of my children shifts around or (God forbid) cries out in the middle of the night, I’m going to get up.  I also drink a lot of water so my adulthood REM sleep is forever interrupted by… shall we say, natural causes as late night runs to the restroom have become the norm for me.

Once I lay my head back on that pillow, I still subconsciously feel as though I’m starting the process of falling to sleep over again.  Granted, I’ve been able to resolve some of this through A Rested Development; yet, I still have to unlearn this flawed way of thinking.

Similarly, I’ve been sleeping on my status as a restored citizen of the Kingdom of God.  My entry into the Kingdom was and never can be of any merit, cause or justification of my own.  I have been graced with mercy by the atoning blood of Jesus!  I am covered with the Comforter of the Holy Spirit and smeared with the anointing of Christ!  I… AM… the RIGHTEOUSNESS of God IN Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21)!  This does not wear off!  This does not need to be restored again when I encounter generational sin in my life because the burden and yoke of my inherited or day to day sins have been removed and DESTROYED because of the ever-interceding anointing (Isaiah 10:27) or “Christos” of the Word made flesh!

Old things, including the old man of my sin nature, have gone to sleep (or passed away) – BEHOLD!:  all things are made new (2 Corinthians 5:17)!

Getting out of this flawed way of thinking is my key to rest.  Getting away from this flawed way of thinking will unlock the supernatural functionality that has already been granted to me to have dominion over the things of this world that God has set me to RULE over!  There is therefore now NO condemnation (Romans 8:1)!  I must realize this.  YOU must realize this if we are ever going to rise as the unified body of Christ (the CHURCH set as a royal priesthood and holy nation) to stop the reign of the devil in this world through active access to the POWER of the HOLY SPIRIT!  STOP SLEEPIN’ on the Light of Christ within you!… (or in this case, rest assured in your salvation:  START SLEEPIN’!)

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Do-Re-Mi ABCs: Menacing the Ministry of Music

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Music has such a strong impact on how children learn the culture around them. That’s why we have to be so careful in what message is being put into what we casually allow them to hear.

Imagine if a version of the ABC song came out recently that misplaced the order of one of the letters.  Since parents  recognize the melody, we might space out and not catch the wrong order in the middle or towards the end of the song (especially since we probably checked out from listening after the ‘EFG’ to go do our own thing!).  If no one takes the time to listen to the song carefully when it’s played (over and over again as children LOVE to do), the wrong message will get  imprinted in their minds.

I recently heard this little girl sing the ABC song in reverse with the normal melody because her father deliberately taught it to her that way. Though this was for an act that the father did as a children’s performer and no doubt, he has taught her the right way to sing the ABCs, my point is this:

I just sat and listened to my daughter sing about prophesying and how “the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” She is learning about a Revelation 19:10 scripture that I only recently came to an understanding about in my late 20s/early 30s! She has been taught a song at our church (www.thekingdomac.com) that is showing her a church culture at 3 years old that I didn’t learn about until ~30 years later that has a tremendous role in the building of the Church.

Granted, she doesn’t fully understand what it means but imagine when she progresses to the higher classes of our Bible study. Imagine when she hears about prophecy and how her spirit will attest to and recognize the subject matter that was written on her heart through this song. Now imagine this same effect on children that are exposed to cursing, violent behavior (Lil’ Wayne), themes of “Get Rich, or Die Tryin’ ” (50 Cent), freedom through perverse sexual expression (Nicki Minaj) and self-exaltation/pride (Kanye West) that have become so prevalent in Hip-Hop culture.

You may say “They don’t fully understand it, so it’s okay”… until they grow up and get exposed to the streets that their spirits will then attest to as they start acting out what’s already been written in their hearts (DESPITE what you try to train them up in) because of the music they listened to as youths.

I’m just saying… I’d rather instill a Jesus culture that my children can act out later through the music they listen to now that attracts and attests to life rather than the death (separation from God and His righteousness) that has permeated our culture.  SELAH

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A Face to Face Only a Father Could Love

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My children are beautiful.  They look just like their Father.  For that matter, YOUR children are beautiful for the same reason.  Taking it one step further, YOU are beautiful as we have all been made in the image and likeness of our Heavenly Father.

‘And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.’ - Genesis 1:26

We all have a face only He can love because God IS love (1 John 4:8).

If instead of looking at people and seeing their shortcomings, faults and (to be honest) downright unattractiveness, we chose to see them as God sees US, we’d be more capable and readily available to love our enemies… we’d be more willing to even love ourselves instead of playing into self-hatred and self-rejection as our own worst enemy from time to time.

If we saw people through the lens of God’s eyes, we’d see how He views sickness and disease and sin as a blemish on a people He fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14) to look and act like Him to rule this world justly.  In seeing that, we’d gain prophetic insight on how to heal people as God heals people… just like Jesus did:

‘ Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.  For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.  For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.’
- John 5:19-21

It is out of love for us that God became one of us in the form of Jesus Christ:  His only begotten Son (John 3:16).  It is out of His master plan that He then sent the Holy Ghost to endow us with power to not only see (through prophecy, a gift of the Holy Ghost, see 1 Corinthians 12:8-10) how He operates in heaven but to replicate and reproduce what we see in the earth: to heal (RESTORE, DO, PERFORM, ACT OUT via the gifts of healing of the Holy Ghost) His Image in us beyond the damage caused by sin, sickness and disease through the service and righteousness of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 12:4-6)!  Hallelujah, Selah!  Our Daddy is the greatest!

#FaceToFace
#AFaceOnlyAFatherCouldLove
#MorningMirrorTalk

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A Rested Development

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I have a problem going to and staying asleep some nights. I’m not really sure what it is but it’s not worry. I just honestly have a lot on my mind at times which I feel the need to catalog or chronicle before the next bits of information, rhymes and Biblical ponderances overwrite what was occupying my thoughts a just few milliseconds before.

What I’ve learned to do is distract myself while I’m in bed to kind of allow sleep to come in through the back door and #SneakAttack me. Translation: I watch TV until the TV watches me at night. I’ll turn on the TV to something relevant enough to keep me interested but not too interesting that I’ll want to stay up. It’s worked pretty well for me most of the times but I’ve come to realize that I’m relying on a world of #OrganizedChaos to bring me rest. On top of that, who knows what messaging is getting into me in #TheLateHours once those #900Number commercials start running!

The Lord brought to my attention this dependence on the world and reminded me of Hebrews 4 where it makes repeated reference to HIS rest that is provided to those that know Him through His Son.

I got a little too comfortable getting my rest from the world’s distractions and methods instead of simply asking the Lord to usher in HIS rest to me. I’ve managed to do just that for the past few weeks: simply ask God to bring me into His #rest.

I’m happy to say that I’ve awakened in the morning “alarmed” that I didn’t hear the CD begin to spin BEFORE the music actually started playing through my #AlarmClock; rather, I was able to be brought out of sleep already hearing my #WakeUpTracks full of Israel Houghton & New Breed, R-Swift, God Over Money and other random mixes of #Gospel, #PraiseAndWorship and #ChristianRap.

Talk about a #Rested development!

‘Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them,  not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.  For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said: “So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest,’ ” although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.  For He has spoken in a certain place of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works”; and again in this place: “They shall not enter My rest.”  Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of disobedience, again He designates a certain day, saying in David, “Today,” after such a long time, as it has been said: “Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts.”  For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day.  There remains therefore a rest for the people of God.  For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.  Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience. ‘ - Hebrews 4:1-11 NKJV


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Godly Gardening: Harvesting Tools and Tips

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‘Another parable put he forth unto them, saying , The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field…’ - Matthew 13:24

Jesus, as #TheWordOfGod, knew what He was talking about! When He spoke truths through parables, He spoke using terminologies, metaphors and similes that the people of the day could understand. The Jews of His day were an agricultural people – reaping and sowing seeds in the earth that had to sustain them for food and income based on the harvest it produced.

While I don’t have to relay on the #WorkOfMyHands in the physical labor of fieldwork, I have had to learn how to maintain a lawn over the summer for the first time which has been a real WORK; albeit it solely for cosmetic reasons (keeping up with the Jones’ husbandry). I could go off on a tangent about how garden work is called #husbandry but I’ll save that for another day!

What I discovered over the weekend as I entered into round 6 of my ongoing fight with weeds in my yard left me stumped. Not so much stumped (that was strictly for the #PlayOnWords!) as much as stuck – marveling at the revelation of God.

We have had substantial rain over the past week in our area – the most, in fact, that we’ve had since I’ve begun my lawn #LaborOfLove this summer. As I saw an entire new batch of weeds that had cropped up in my yard, I got my #ElbowGrease oiled up – ready to have a #TugOfWar battle with the earth. #ToMySurprise, though – the weeds came up with little to no struggle. As soon as I’d pulled up my third weed or so in this manner, the following dropped into my spirit:

“Weeds come up easier once the earth has been saturated with rain.”

Let me rephrase that to shift this blog into gear:

“Weeds come up easier once the earth has been saturated with REIGN.”

The scripture that opens up this discussion showcases one of the many parables that Jesus used to describe #TheKingdomOfHeaven.  Let’s see the conclusion of this particular simile play out in versus 25-30:

“But while men slepthis enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.  But when the blade was sprung up , and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.  So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?  He said unto them, An enemy hath done this . The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?  But he saidNay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.  Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.”

If I may, I’d like to substitute the word “flesh” for “earth” into the the phrase that came to me; retooling it for a third time:

“The weeds in our lives come up easier once the FLESH has been saturated with REIGN.”

Understanding that the tares mentioned in scripture are weeds, it occurred to me that what the enemy has sown into the earth/flesh of mankind becomes easier to remove the more we exercise our dominion over earth and in our flesh!  Spiritually speaking, the seeds that produce wheat are the good spiritual fruit of #TheHolyGhost  listed in Galatians 5:22-23 .  But the weeds/tares?!!  They represent the unclean spirits/fruit.  A non-exhaustive list exists in Galatians which verse 17 states as things that work “lust against the Spirit”.  Verses (or is it versus?!!) 19-21 list these as #TheWorksOfTheFlesh.

Interestingly enough, I remember looking in my yard this weekend thinking, “I’ve never even SEEN these weeds before!” – noticing #TheUsualSuspects had some new company to try to make my life more miserable on some ol’ #MiseryLovesCompany type of stuff.

This is exactly how the devil sows traits within us over time through generations of men that are not of God.  We work on them.  We pull them up. We toil and struggle by the #BloodSweatAndTears of our brows yet, often times, they return and bring others along with them to make the condition of the man worse than it was before (Luke 11:24-26)!

My yard is beginning to look like a yard should but the rain had to come first.  I had to inspect the grounds and tend to it.  I had to identify areas of weakness (and strengths) so that I could focus my efforts effectively.  Yet, ultimately, the removal of the weeds got easier once 1) I’d conditioned my strength for the #WorkAtHand through consistent lawn care and 2) some REIGN began to pour down from above!

The Lord will and has given spiritual strength to overcome spiritual matters that ought not be in our lives; but we have to be prepared to put in the consistent WORK to bring about a change in the look, make-up and integrity of the little plot of earth that has been lent to us.

BONUS:

This agricultural work is SERIOUS!  As I’ve grown accustomed to knowing where these weeds like to grow in my yard, I noticed something different this weekend as well.  Aside from the normal spots, I happened to look at our bushes in the front yard and noticed some new growths intertwined within the branches of the bush.  A few weeds had managed to grow close to the root of the bush and had began to weave through the bush’s branches – making it harder to pull it out without first pulling the good branches apart from the bad vines.  Wheats vs. tares!

To make matters worse, one particular weed had the nerve to grow a blossom that looked pleasing to the eye but was clearly not a part of the bush that was planted purposefully in my yard!  Further still, on the side of my house, another weed have done the same thing but had managed to plant itself at the base of a tree which had several branches coming up from the ground.

Don’t miss the spiritual correlation!  Often times, what we see as the character traits of a person are not the person!  How many times have you dealt with some cantankerous person and come across others who have said “That’s just Reggie – don’t mind him!”  We ALLOW the negative things to grow on and in people because we are often too dry (no REIGN) or too tired to do the work it takes to befriend that person whom Jesus called #TheLeastOfThese.  Discern the difference between what God has planted within a person and what the world has sown in to ruin the harvest!

#BePrepared… #GetYourHandsDirty… #TheHarvestIsPlentyButTheLaborersAreFew (Matthew 9:37-38).

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