My Heart’s Moment– Before I begin this blog, I wanted to share with you, that I speak to self as well when writing about my thoughts. The Holy Spirit guides me much in sharing messages via my blog and dreams. I don’t write unless I am moved by Him, not pushed by scriptures or events pertaining to us all. The Holy Spirit MOVES. I am being made aware, learning, and/or convicted just as much as those who are reading along. I am growing and learning right along with you ridding self of my weeds daily if not hourly.
Tares – n – : Any of various weedy plants of the genus Vicia, especially the common vetch. Any of several weedy plants that grow in grain fields.; An unwelcome or objectionable element.: The weight of a container or wrapper that is deducted from the gross weight to obtain net weight. A deduction from gross weight made to allow for the weight of a container. (mass, extra stuff that cost more money and added stress)- Chemistry Moment.
Weed –n – : a plant that is not valued where it is growing and is usually of vigorous growth; especially : one that tends to overgrow or choke out more desirable plants: an obnoxious growth, thing, or person.
Weed – v – : to clear of weeds <weed a garden> : to free from something hurtful or offensive : to remove the less desirable portions of:
Our Agriculture Moment
Weed – noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
Any plant growing where it is not wanted. On land under cultivation, weeds compete with crops for water, light, and nutrients. On rangelands and in pastures, weeds are those plants that grazing animals dislike or that are poisonous. Many weeds are hosts of plant disease organisms or of insect pests. Some originally unwanted plants later were found to have virtues and came under cultivation, while some cultivated plants, when transplanted to new climates, escaped cultivation and became weeds in the new habitat. (Gasp!)
Wow, I learned something new about weeds…have virtues and came under cultivation…hmm? You know by now…..I love studying definitions to find a deeper meaning of words. I investigate to find an answer with the help of the Holy Spirit and quite often have a colorful perspective to share with you. 🙂
As a child I hated having to help plant and dig up dirt. I did enjoy putting the seeds in the holes, pulling the weeds and sometimes the flowers on accident when the plants grew. I loved looking at my grandparents lawns. It was at that time, I was taught how to tell the weeds from the flowers. I also became fascinated with clovers. Although we consider them a pest and they only look good in a field afar, it is something special about those wild growing plants that we call weeds. And….Even though it looks pretty together, can you spot the difference in the wheat and tares in the above photo, courtesy of photo bucket?
Here we go! So as I was reading Matthew 13 last night, I had my thoughts floating on verses 24-30. Jesus’ parables are messages to us giving us a description of the “Kingdom of God”. Most of us are familiar with Jesus’ parable of the weeds and the wheat. If not, here it is.
Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”
Are you ready to do yard work and learn a little chemistry and agriculture? Grab your container of Roundup or Preen (it works better) a hoe, and some Holy Ghost matches. We are going to set ourselves on fire and rid ourselves of weeds through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
Fancy that! “The weight of a container or wrapper that is deducted from the gross weight to obtain net weight” ahem! Let’s go inside my thoughts here.
Our body is the container. We are wheat at birth. Oh! Let me throw in the definition of “wheat” here. Thank you Holy Spirit! Pay close attention to the words in bold, please.
Wheat – /noun – the grain of any cereal grass of the genus Triticum, especially T. aestivum, used in the form of flour for making bread, cakes, etc., and for other culinary and nutritional purposes: the plant itself.
We have been planted for a purpose. That purpose is to do the will of God. We have been formed for His making to glorify Him. We do NOT come into this world with weeds. Weeds/Tares just happen to be planted and even cultivated along the way when our guard is down. Tares/Weeds are in competition with the Wheat as stated above. They are snares, no matter how pretty some may seem. Our problem is that we feed them, forgetting that we have the power to also stunt a weeds growth and even kill them. Talk about us being lax. If animals dislike weeds and know that they are poisonous, shouldn’t we as humans be more advanced in knowing the hazard of weeds? Note what the scripture stated above in the parable, it is the ENEMY who plants weeds. I repeat…It is the ENEMY who plants weeds and He does it when we are sleeping, i.e. being lax. Jesus said it. Sometimes we miss that in reading the parable. Do you see it now? I see it. Thank you Holy Spirit!
We have been naturally given a net weight by God. What is net weight you may ask? A great example would be our bodies. The net weight is the weight of our body without any piece of clothing (remember Adam and Eve before). Gross weight is the weight of our body with clothes or anything else we add on it.(Remember Adam and Eve after) Have you ever given any thought to weighing yourself before you eat and after eating to see if your weight remains the same? Since the thought just popped up, I think I’m going to try a scientific experiment. I’ll let you know the outcome. 😛
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
I’ve realized over the years that I/we carry added weights/weeds within our hearts and our minds. What are those weights? Gosh! Is this becoming a questionnaire post, self said to self. YES, since you asked. Thank you Holy Spirit! Using my partial (3 college credits Psy 101) psychology background, I will dare to fly out and say that unmanaged stress is the biggest weight/weed we add to our hearts and mind. Great examples of our unmanaged stress are anger, anxiety, bitterness, fear, guilt, hostility, and moroseness (aka moodiness). All of these descriptions are a form of one word- Sin. That’s my belief. Did you know that we have the given ability to deal with and rid/weed ourselves of such extra weeds through our lifeline, Jesus? I’ll prove it. –
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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Now back to our regularly scheduled blogging….. All of those things mentioned in Galatians 5:19-21 are tares/weeds, gross weight of which we carry within our being. Those of us that believe in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit know in our hearts and minds that we cannot enter the kingdom of God with such weeds. Somewhere in the bible it is stated that the kingdom of God is within us. If we believe so, we know that there are neither tares, neither weeds, nor gross weight within us. We need to work on deducting the gross weight (tares/weeds) from our body to get back to our natural net weight. An exercise in futility is not an option. An exercise in humility will work it out.
Are there any weeds or tares in your life? What is undesirable in your life? What are you going to do to arrive back at your net weight? Do you realize what your net weight is worth to God? I challenge you as well as myself to recognize when it is time to reap and harvest in your day-to-day life. A time will come for us to set aside the tares, the weeds and burn them to ashes. Let us start gardening, ridding ourselves of the weeds. Let us bring to remembrance what the garden was like before Adam and Eve (Genesis 2-3) sinned and what it will be like when Jesus returns to get our tare/weed free bodies (Revelation 2:7 and 22) Isn’t that a stress-free thought?
Sometimes it takes you removing yourself from those who carry the weight/weeds that can rub off and grow on you. This goes for those who experience negative vibes from those in your work place, in your church(yes even there), and in your family and perhaps some relationship you have with another. Sin, i.e. tares/weeds from the enemy does not care or “give a rat’s tail” (my grandma’s words) who or what it embodies as long as it finds a good growing place. Having Faith in Jesus and what you can do through him, with him, and for God can rid self of the tares/weeds in your life. Amen.
I found it! Here it is—Read what Luke said about the Kingdom of God-
And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary”(stress weeds…my thought), “they will walk and not be faint”( have faith). –Isaiah 40:28-31
An interesting read I came across- http://www.snopes.com/religion/soulweight.asp
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