In the world of sports it is quite common to hear the word "choke". Commentators reference nerve-induced mistakes such as a botched pass or an incomplete goal attempt as a “choke”. Like the weeds in our gardens that can prevent beautiful fruit from developing, a young athlete's nerves can easily choke out the rehearsed plays or even a proven skill. Parents and coaches offer a gentle 'Don’t get nervous!' reminder... in other words DON’T CHOKE.
Jesus spoke of not letting things and people around us smother the purpose within us sayings…
The cares of this world . . . choke the Word. Matthew 13:22 NIV
Here Jesus refers to seed of the Word of God falling among the thorns of worry or wealth. He warns that these thorns will choke out the Word of God in our lives rendering us “unfruitful”. These fruits of the Spirit can then become smothered…
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23a NET
PRAYER: Thank you for the fruits of your Spirit that you offer to me. I promise to weed the garden of my life regularly so the seeds of your Word will be fruitful and flourish in me. I pray this in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
TO AVOID CHOKING THORNS - DON’T WORRY AND GIVE AWAY WEALTH!
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