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Cultivating Holiness: Cleaning Out the Weeds

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Sermon shared by Stephen Colaw

November 1992
Summary: Holiness involves making God’s priorities your priorities.
Denomination: Wesleyan
Audience: Believer adults
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negative, destructive nature of these acts causes anyone with Christ in their lives to see these acts as the weeds they are.
Again in Colossians3:5 Paul describes some acts of the sinful nature, some obvious spiritual weeds. READ COL. 3:5. Here again Paul gives us some blatant descriptions of spiritual weeds. In gardening, destructive weeds such as this have no place in the flowerbed. They are destructive. They choke out the good plants, they rob the soil of its nutrients and they stunt the overall growth of all of the other plants in the flowerbed. So it is with these spiritual weeds in our lives. Such things as rage, envy, jealousy, sexual impurity, etc. not only are called sins by God, but when these are present they rob your life of the energy and nutriance necessary to grow the fruits of the spirit. These spiritual weeds choke out the areas of your life that are too be healthy and beautiful. Love, peace, joy, kindness, gentleness etc. are choked and stunted by the destructive presence of weeds in your spiritual garden.

B. Some Things are Weeds Because of Misplacement.
Some things are weeds regardless. But, these are not the only weeds in the garden. As my earlier illustration pointed out, some good things are considered weeds when they are found growing in the wrong place. You don’t have cat-tails and cactus growing in the same flowerbed. They clash and in some cases, mixing the wrong types of plants in the same soil can end up stunting the growth of both plants.
Again this principle is easily applied to our lives. Many of the good things we have become weeds when they are not put in their proper place in our lives.
1. Money: Money is a great example. Jesus illustrates this when he talks to the rich young ruler in Mark 10:17-23. READ MARK10:17-23. The rich young ruler had much wealth, and that wealth was not bad. Jesus never condemned him for his wealth. The problem was that his wealth was so important to him that it choked out his desire to follow Jesus. His wealth was a weed in his life.
2. Family: Another good thing that can become a weed is family. Understand, God calls wives to submit to their husbands out of love and in the Lord, and He calls husbands to love their wives as Christ loved the church. However, We are never to put our family before our relationship with the Lord. It’s a tough balance. Jesus said in Luke 14:26-27 that unless we are willing to hate our family and follow him we cannot be his disciples. READ LUKE 14:26-27. Now again, Christ does not want us to hate our families. He was simply emphasizing the point that we must be willing to give up everything in order to be his disciples. That includes family. When family comes between you and Jesus, when it takes a higher priority than God allows, it becomes a weed. These misplaced flowers will cause the areas that God has designed for you to be stunted, and they themselves when in the wrong place will never reach their full potential. There is stunted growth all the way around. Your spiritual life suffers and your family life suffers. Neither reaches their fullest possible state. Yet when in their proper place, both will grow quite nicely.
3. Anything that has a higher priority than God. If we look at Deuteronomy 5:7 we see that anything that takes a higher priority
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