Counterfeit

1-18-17
Wednesday
 
 
The Parable of the wheat and the weeds tells us three things. There is a farmer who does work. There is an enemy who also does work. The farmer who owns the field is patient. How patient?
 
 
When the farmer is told the enemy has sown weeds in his field he is not alarmed. When the workers are panicking about what to do the farmer insists on being patient. “Leave the weeds alone and let them grow alongside the wheat. One day they will be identified. And how will they know? They will know them by their fruit… weeds produce no fruit.
 
 
The enemy comes sows a weed called zizania. Now you don’t want to grow zizania anywhere. It was the disease of the farmers (especially wheat farmers) in this part of the world at this time because zizania was actually a degenerate form of wheat. It looked just like the wheat as it grew up, and it grew in the fields with the wheat, but when it came to maturity, it showed there was no grain. There was no head of grain at all. It was just stalk. Yet what will happen is the zizania grows alongside of the wheat, and it soaks up the nutrients and soaks up the moisture and stunts the growth of the crop.
 
 
An average stalk of wheat contains about of 200 pieces of grain. At the harvest, two plants that appeared to be the same while they were growing in the field become obviously different. In the growth process of real wheat, fruit has been produced.
 
 
Jesus tells us there are two kingdoms growing side by side in our reality. We need to know to which kingdom we belong. How do we know for sure?
 
Weeds with no fruit in them are gathered and burned. Is there real fruit that God is producing in your life? God knows the difference between real and counterfeit… do you?
 
 
Prayer: Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!
And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

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