Today I thought again about companion planting, but this time it was more about the companions I keep in my mind such as negative thoughts, resentment, bitterness, regret, shame, guilt, jealousy, self-pity, unforgiveness, malice, lying to myself about other’s, and about myself. You get the point right? These are the kind of voices that are against the knowledge of God, and if these are the kind of companions you have in your mind, these will be the kind of people you attract to yourself; even when you don’t want these kind of people around you. Not only are they harmful to your soul, but your health as well, like the grub beneath my honeysuckle plant; it was sucking the life out of it. As I thought through and thoroughly examined my heart, the Lord reminded me that the things I war against are the things that war against the knowledge of God. He is life and when I focus on the Gardener of my heart; I can clearly see how He is working through any situation that arises against me, or brings me down; this keeps me from falling into self-pity.
As Paul writes in his letter in 2 Corinthians 10:1 Now I, Paul myself am pleading with you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—who in presence am lowly among you, but being absent am bold toward you. 2 But I beg you that when I am present I may not be bold with that confidence by which I intend to be bold against some, who think of us as if we walked according to the flesh. 3For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowlegde of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obeience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fullfilled.
Here I learned that once I give myself a time-out, and pray to the Lord for perspective, He calms the storm that is raging in my heart. I can think more clearly, and when given the opportunity to confront my opponent; we can talk things out peacefully and come into agreement. In most cases, these happen within my own home. Let’s remember that at the homefront is where the devil wants to cause strife. He is like a grub devouring the whole causeing it be fruitless.
Notice that Paul is pleading and begging the people not to battle amongst themselves according to the flesh, and as you read the whole chapter; which I strongly encourage, you will notice that the people were boasting and comparing themselves to one another. Somethings we also battle in our own minds such as comparison, jealousy, envious thoughts, and such. We have to destroy those kinds of companions from our minds. How? by asking the Lord to help you; remember He is the Gardener of your soul. Pray, pray the Lord of Host come with His Power and deliver from you from these foreigners invading your garden. Pray Psalm 70, Psalm 80. Pray also for your enemies; we don’t know what is oppressing them, but if you look deeper beneath the surface of thier actions, you will know that they too are in need of God’s deliverence. Remember, we are not each other’s enemies; there is an enemy among us trying to destroy and cause division among us Ephesians 6.