September 25, 2023

by Kimberly Hobbs 

Many of us are growing in our walk with Christ, showing a harvest of fruit, while others are getting caught in the weeds of strangulation and missing every opportunity to produce good fruit. Which one are you?
“So I say, walk in the spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” (Galatians 5:16)
We could get so sidetracked at any time and lost in the weeds at any given moment that we stop producing fruit and lose sight of God.
The other day, I was pulling out a nasty deep weed that took root so far into the ground. I became focused on getting it out; it was huge. I pulled so hard with both hands because it went so deep. When it snapped, both hands flew up in the air, and the force from the strength of the root snapping sent me off balance which left me flat on my butt.
I was ticked. I thought how ugly and strong that deep root was that it caused me so much pain?!
Such is life. The deeper the weed of sin (that does not belong in our life grows,) the more it strangles our life-bearing fruit, which needs oxygen, water, and nutrition to grow. If the weeds consume everything up, there is nothing left for the fruit to ripen to a full harvest.
Galatians 5:13-26 is a great portion to read where Paul speaks about living by the flesh and contrasts living by the spirit.
Trying to follow the rules alone won’t cut it, Paul says. He instructs us to walk by the Spirit.
Because when we are hand in hand with God, it frees us from the impulse to “gratify the desires of our flesh.”
Don’t allow yourself to water the weeds, producing the wrong type of harvest.  Instead, water the Word of God in your heart and develop a close relationship with the Father through the Holy Spirit.
Soon and in due time, you’ll find the fruit of this harvest come forth as the most joyful crop! And then the miserable weeds will just eventually dry up and die.