What seeds are you allowing to be sown in your garden?
October 25, 2016 | by: Jason Shiels | 0 Comments
"A troublemaker plants seeds of strife;
gossip separates the best of friends." Proverbs 16v28 (NLT)
In the beginning God placed Adam and Eve in a Garden and gave them everything in creation to enjoy and steward to God's glory. However, in the garden Satan whose name means things like 'the hinderer, accuser' came along and "sowed" a different kind of 'seed' in the garden. He came and put a "slur-seed" on God's character and motive. These deceitful suggestions about the motive and character of God were bang out of order but seemed to entice Eve to pick the forbidden fruit. Unfortunately, in that verdant garden, the deceptive "seeds of strife" were received and a harvest of sin and destruction was cultivated. Sad, very sad.
Moving forward to today, we have to ask the question, "what do we sow" into other people's lives and "what do we allow to be sown" into the garden of your own heart, mind and relationships?
We have a responsibility to watch and select what kind of seed is planted into our minds and hearts. Proverbs 16v28 warns us that "a troublemaker plants seeds of strife". Strife wrecks and damages harmony in relationships and can cause great pain in relationships. We need to watch out then for the "troublemaker". There is a kind of person who seems to make it his/her business to plant seeds of discord and gossip about other people. They are so dangerous and crafty in how they do it. Paul describes some deceivers in one of his letters warning the Corinthians that satan does not show up to the party dressed with horns and a trident and breathing fire,
"And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light." 2 Cor. 11v13
What we see then with this is that there is a real subtlety and erosive power to the way that satan works through people to try and bring discord and strife. We need discerning of spirits as a protection against this kind of thing. However, we also need to just be smart and obedient! The Bible tells us over and over again that we must guard against any form of gossip and not allow the seed of strife to be planted by anyone into the garden of our hearts and minds, no matter how angelic they appear! So....even if some angelic looking person appears and wants to whisper some juicy but 'angelic' sounding tit-bits of offence or discord or gossip about another person....go ahead and ask him to leave your garden! Better still, be smart about who you spend time with and who you allow to sow into your garden. Some people, until God deals with them, will just plant seed of discord, until God deals with their own hearts. So, get wise, get with Scripture and get WITH God's plan for relationships and watch out for the troublemaker who whispers in the shadows bringing their issues with them wherever they turn.