What a beautiful word picture it was, Lord! Beautiful… and profound.
You painted it for me when I was listening to a dear sister-in-Christ, waiting for whatever coaching insight You might give me.
She has been doing some deep work trying to identify the lies that are holding her back. Lies that are keeping her from believing You love her, Lord. Lies that are keeping her from believing she is worth loving.
She was overwhelmed by the sheer number of lies she had identified. She knew it would be impossible to work on all of those lies at once. Her natural inclination — and her historical pattern — was to give up at this point and not work on any of them.
But You had a different plan… didn’t You, Lord? Because she has been burdened by these lies far too long already. For a lifetime.
Burdened. Bested. Bludgeoned. Broken. Buried. Bereaved.
But now… It’s time for her New Beginning!
So You prompted her to wonder out loud: How could she get her mind around the vastness of these lies? How could she focus on them in a way that would help her see what’s doable?
This wondering, by Your grace, led to her grouping similar lies together.
She began to see how each grouping of lies affects each other grouping. And something clicked! Because when I asked her to consider tackling whatever lie was the biggest for her, she saw it clearly.
The Lie at the core of the mess she had diagrammed. She called it The Root.
That’s when The Master Gardener’s Secret became obvious: WEED out the Core Lie, then SEED and FEED The Truth!
But how do You “weed out” a Core Lie whose root is buried deep? You use a tool with the power — God’s power — to cut deep.
The Sword of the Spirit — the Word of God!
“For the Word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)
You use Your Word to penetrate us to the core, so You can cut off each lie at its Root. So, what happens when any plant is cut off from its root — i.e., its source of nourishment?
It withers and dies.
Which is exactly what we want our lies to do!
But any gardener knows: You can’t just cut a weed away from its root. You must destroy and/or remove the root. If you don’t, new growth (of the wrong kind) will inevitably appear. So the Sword of the Spirit — Your Word — becomes a scalpel.
Cutting out the root with the precision of a surgeon. Making room for the Seed of Truth to be planted in its place. Promising a great harvest!
“‘Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.’ Then Jesus said, ‘Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.'” (Mark 4:8-9)
Tonight, I’m praying for this dear sister, Lord. Asking You to grace her with a life-transforming experience of Your Presence and Your Love! An experience she can’t miss. An experience she can’t “intellectualize” away. An experience that will give her such a taste of You, Lord, that she will hunger for more of You!
“Taste and see that the Lord is good. Blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.” (Psalm 34:8)
Fighting on my knees,