Weeds In The Garden | 1.8.23 | Sunday AM | On Fire Christian Church

Weeds in the Garden

  1. The last thing someone wants in their garden is weeds. Weeds are understood to be those plant species of herbaceous nature that make it difficult or impossible that another expressly cultivated species can grow, develop or reproduce in their best conditions. In other words if weeds are in the garden they will attack any other species trying to grow within that same garden.
    1. Weeds also multiply
    2. In 1920 there was only a few cases of Knap weed. In 1985 over 5 million acres
    3. In Idaho, Skeleton weed was found in a few plants in 1954. In 1985 there was 4 million acres
    4. Northern California in 1985 Yellowstark thistle was located in over 1 million acres. Within 10 years over 10 million acres
    5. Weeds spread violently in a garden, ESPECIALLY IN A UNPROTECTED GRADEN
  1. Weeds will cause a garden to not look like a garden at all
    1. Weeds left at the side of a house begins small
    2. From the moment that you were born the enemy began to plant weeds in your life
    3. Good news – If anyone is in Christ he is a new creation. The old is gone behold all things become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17
  1. In the midst of this garden, God planted a flower. This platform here represents your life and mine. The moment you were born the enemy has planted weeds.
    1. Rape-incest-abortion-rejection
    2. God is in the midst of a garden full of weeds. God comes in and plants a flower
    3. Flower-the kingdom of God
  1. The kingdom is hidden because of the weeds but the kingdom will grow
    1. “Another parable He spoke to them: “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened.” Matthew‬ ‭13‬:‭33‬ ‭NKJV‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
    2. Phil 1:6 He that began a good work
    3. 80k children abused every year /weeds planted but Jesus comes to plant a kingdom
    4. The devil is afraid of the kingdom!
  1. 1 John 3:8 seed of God in you will destroy the weeds
    1. God wants the weeds ripped out
    2. “But He answered and said, “Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted.” Matthew‬ ‭15‬:‭13‬ ‭NKJV‬‬‬‬‬
    3. Are you leaving the weeds in the garden?
    4. Are you a witness to the kingdom? Like a flower we are to radiate His glory in the midst of our garden
      1. “O Lord, open my lips, And my mouth shall show forth Your praise.” Psalms‬ ‭51‬:‭15‬ ‭‬‬‬‬‬‬
      2. “So we, Your people and sheep of Your pasture, Will give You thanks forever; We will show forth Your praise to all generations.” Psalms‬ ‭79‬:‭13‬ ‭NKJV‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
      3. Act 1:8 you shall receive power
  1. Through God’s power He crust clear out the weeds so the flower of His Kingdom can shine
    1. Excuses we make because of our weeds
    2. My daddy this or my momma that!
    3. Genesis 2:8 the Lord God planted a garden and told him to tend it and to keep
    4. Keep it free from weeds
      1. A plant which is not intentionally sown. You didn’t mean for it. It’s not fair.
      2. But God gave you power to remove
    1. Sin causes weeds
  1. “Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?” Romans‬ ‭6‬:‭16‬ ‭NKJV‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
    1. This garden represents our lives. The moment we are born the devil begins to plant weeds in our lives but a flower has been planted
    2. Responsibility to tend and keep
    3. God must do it. From the root
    4. You will try to cut it out but God must uproot it
    5. I’m trying not to cuss trying not to
    6. Weeds will grow back if you don’t get it to the root
    7. John 15. Apart from me you can do nothing
    8. Homosexuality is rampant perversion. Weeds have taken over
    9. Must allow the power of God to come to rip out the weeds
  1. Dramatic situations can cause weeds. We must identify the weeds which are killing the flower of Christ’s kingdom.
    1. Cry to God!
    2. How to get rid of weed?
    3. Song of Solomon – catch for us the little foxes that spoil. Do what you were told today so you can overcome tomorrow
    4. Act of will!
    5. Pray Bible church
  1. There must be God in us to remove the weeds. We must trust!
    1. Fear, insecurity have got to go!
    2. God is planting a kingdom in the midst of a mess so His glory will be known.
    3. Psalm 119:9. Give heed to His word
    4. If you are my disciple, obey
  1. Zachariah says “It’s not by might not by power but by my spirit says the Lord “

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