“Your mind is a garden. Your thoughts are the seeds. You can grow flowers or you can grow weeds” cited from the Crisis Prevention Institute Blog
How many times a day do you eat? Do you put thought into what you eat to nourish your body and sustain your life? We should take necessary precautions to ensure organs are properly functioning. As a renal patient, guidance from my nephrologist and National Kidney Foundation are crucial to maintain maximum kidneys function. I read labels to limit phosphate, phosphorous, potassium, protein, sodium and dairy products. I limit meat intake and drink plenty of water, cranberry juice and vinegar in water to flush out toxics. Additionally, to protect my kidneys, I gave up 80% of food I liked in exchange for fresh vegetables, USDA Organic and Non-GMO items. Yes, it is very expense but my health is worth it.
Is our soul not worth the very best food provided in the Bible supermarket? Everything is free because Jesus paid it all with His life; but yet, we still find it difficult to care for our mind, spirit and soul? Perhaps some of you are thinking obedience is easier said than done. Yes, it is sometimes because we are messed up people living in a messed up world trying to live godly with a prolific of negative worldly influences. Hence, importance of nurturing the fruit of the Spirit is we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12).
As a matter of fact, feeding our mind with the word of God is more important than feeding our body. Why? The body is temporary on earth but our soul will be judged and spend eternity with God or with Satan. “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?” (Mark 8:36-37) Eternity depends on seed we cultivate the most, the fruit of the Spirit or the lust of the flesh.
The Lust [seed] of the Flesh. “The works of the flesh are manifest in adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envying, murders, drunkenness, reveling, and such like. We shall not enter the kingdom of God when the flesh has control.” (Galatians 5:19-21)
The Fruit [seed] of the Spirit. “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long, suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against there is no such law” ~ Galatians 5:22-23.
The flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. The spirit and lust feed our thoughts and the outcome of internal battles depend on the one we cultivate the most. The results will be seen in our speech, behavior and company we keep. “Do not be misled; “Bad company corrupt good character. Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God—I say this to your shame.” (I Corinthians 15:33-34)
“And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit we must also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking and envying one another.” (Galatians 5:24-26)
We all know that land must first be cultivated before planting seed in your garden. This analogy is applicable to how we should cultivate our mind, body, spirit and soul with daily watering with the fruit of the Spirit while simultaneously starving the lusts of the flesh.
Which is the greatest commandment the question was asked? Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength and with all your mind. (Luke 10:26-28, Deuteronomy 6:4-7, Matthew 22:36-37 and Mark 12:30-31)
Let us walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls us into His own kingdom and glory (I Thessalonians 2:11-12)
Are you sowing Bible verses in your mind?
My Prayer: Lord, thank you for your genuine love shown to me upon the cross. As I continue to walk in my Christian journey, I will allow your gift of the Holy Spirit to lead me in feeding the fruit of the Spirit and sharing your gospel. I am thankful for you loving me despite who I am. You alone are worthy to be praised! In Jesus’ name, AMEN.
I am thankful to I AM for loving me despite who I am. – Tangie T. Woods