“The field is the world, and the good seed is the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, and the enemy who sowed them is the devil.” Matthew 13:38
Satan is a gardener.
Did you know that?
It is true. I pray that by the time we are finished today, we will all have a better understanding on this matter.
If you know anything about gardening then you know that there is a process by which one gets ready to plant. I must admit I do not have a very green thumb, but I do love to plant flowers in my yard. We even tried our hand at a garden last year. Nevertheless, whether you have a green thumb or not, you have a garden; it is your heart and your life.
God created you and it is His desire to grow beautiful things in your life. Satan, however, wants nothing more than to destroy what God is doing.
Before we are saved our gardens (our hearts and lives) are filled with weeds. Nothing healthy is growing there. The ground is hard and dry. We read in Galatians 5:19-21a: “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like.” These are the things that are growing in our gardens, in our lives, before they are turned over to God.
When we are saved we allow God to come in and take over. As we do this, God begins to get rid of the weeds and dead things. As we read God’s Word, He works in our lives. That hard, dry ground begins to soften up and becomes a place that God can plant His word. As we grow as Christians, beautiful things begin to happen. God begins to develop in us the fruit of the spirit. Galatians 5: 22-23a reads: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.” These are the things that God wants to plant in us. These are the things, as Christians, that we should be allowing to grow in us.
Now, I said at the beginning that satan is a gardener. Here is what I mean by that:
As we grow as Christians, satan is always going to be at work trying to trip us up. As we begin to develop love in our hearts, satan is going to do his best to plant a seed of hatred in there to choke it out. As we allow God to develop temperance in our lives, satan is going to plant that seed of strife there to hamper that growth. If we feel God developing meekness in our lives we can be sure that satan is going to try to plant a seed of emulation ( that is rivalry) in our lives.
We must remember that satan does not want us to grow as Christians. He will do whatever he can to hinder our growth. We read in 1 Peter 5:8: ” Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” If satan knows that God is working in your life, he is going to do what he can to stop that work. We must remain faithful in our Christian walk.
So, do you believe now that satan is a gardener? He is a sly trickster. This is why it is so important for us to allow God to work in our lives. We need to allow God to develop good things in our hearts. We need the fruit of the spirit to grow in us so that by the power of the Holy Spirit we can defend against the seeds that the devil tries to plant in our lives.
I want to encourage you today. God loves you and He wants to do a wonderful work in your life. He has great things planned for you. God wants to plant good things in your life and grow in you a beautiful garden of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. Remember, however, that satan will try to plant his own seeds in your life. Go to Jesus, allow Him to work in your life. He will take those negative things that satan plants and use them to continue to grow you into what He wants you to be.