Proverbs 4:23 Guard your heart above all else, for it is the source of life. CSB.
The word source also means issues and boundary
Let’s say for a moment that your heart is your garden. Everything has to do with the heart, When you are meditating, pondering on something that’s not in harmony with God’s word then you are planting weeds in your garden/heart. Some weeds are just pretty nasty, some weeds are extremely hard to kill like bind weed. Some of these weeds actually can be quite beautiful like the bloom on a thistle but if you grab that weed it will definitely stick you. Yanking out weeds can be healing but painful.
I don’t know how many of you that read this have ever planted a real garden. I asked that question because if you haven’t you can always read the parable of the seed and the sower. It explains it very well.
I grew up having to clean the weeds out of my parents’ garden and I also planted the garden. Here’s what I know from experience, when you plant a garden. Weeds always sprout first and they would have me out there immediately plucking the weeds out, it was a constant battle. However I always had to wait for the vegetables to get established before I pull the weeds out otherwise everything came up.
So if your heart is your garden and you are planting things in your garden that are not of God then what is happening is that the word of God in your heart is could be getting choked out.
What are the items that you might be planting in your garden? Let’s think about that for a moment….. I’m going to list here a few things that I am guilty of as well. Watching rated r movies. Looking at inappropriate pictures on the internet, Cursing, Allowing bitterness in your heart. There are many more to list, what needs to be done is for us to ask Holy Spirit.
What are you planting in your heart/garden?
It is hard enough in this life to maintain your garden without adding weeds to it. When you add weeds to your garden, all you do is just create extra work. If you don’t do anything about the weeds, they continue to grow and may eventually choke out what is good in the garden if you don’t stop it.
The big question is Why plant the weed in the first place? Just so you can pull it out later? That doesn’t even make sense. In fact when you think about it I’m going to plant some weeds in my garden because I just want to work harder. That’s just plain stupid.
Think about this for a moment if you planted a garden in your backyard and you planted all your seed, whatever your vegetable is and at the same time you threw weed seed out there how much work are you going to have to do to get it all out after it sprouts, and since the weeds grow faster your vegetables will probably be choked out and die, that is if the seed which is the word of God has not been established yet in your heart.
Mar 4:3 — Mar 4:9 (ESV Strong’s)
3 “Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it. 5 Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil. 6 And when the sun rose, it was scorched, and since it had no root, it withered away. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain. 8 And other seeds fell into good soil and produced grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.” 9 And he said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”