In the midst of battles, sometimes we find it hard to get our mind straight. And what satan does is try to keep us engaged on the negative picture, but what is expedient for us is to have a shift in our perspective. Gazing on God and His promises is how we win the battles launched at us by the enemy.
One way in which the enemy plants tares into our harvest is when we are slumbering (Matt. 13:25). He picks up on our unguarded moments to wreck our vine. While we are bewildered by the circumstance surrounding us regarding the mess in our vineyard, we need not look any further because – “the enemy had done this” (Matt.13:28a).
The solution is definitely not to attempt to go around removing the tares from the wheat (good harvest) because doing so will implicate the removal of the wheat as well. Tares are injurious weeds, but are very similar to wheats when they are young growing plants. The plan of the enemy, therefore, is to create a confusion or decoy to try and implicate the destruction of our good harvest.
From the parable of the tares and the wheat in Matthew 13:30, Jesus gives a solution to the enemy’s schemes. He says – let them both grow together until the time of harvest. At the time of harvest then you can clearly distinguish the tare from the wheat since they only
look alike when young. Although the enemy tries to devalue the harvest from the beginning, our ability to recognize that our Father is the Lord of the harvest and He knows the end of the harvest from the beginning – is our key to victory.
When we get so caught up with the bad deeds of others in our lives and around us, then we have allowed the enemy to succeed at tricking our psychology. We are the plantings of the Lord, the salt of the world, and the reflectors of God’s light to the rest of the world. What our Father literally wants us to do in the midst of the enemy’s chaos is to IGNORE him and focus on the big picture – our harvest.
As long as we operate in frustration, and not faith, then we are empowering the tares to take over the wheat. The good news, however, is that the seed of salvation has been sown and the enemy cannot pluck it out. He can’t stop the harvest!
At the end of the age, the tares will be glaringly identified and will be removed, gathered and burned, then the harvest of the saints shall come.
…excerpts of Pastor Dawn’s last sermon as penned by the stylus of a ready scribe! (Ps. 45:1)