When we give our lives to Christ, we admit our imperfection and sinful nature and invite the Holy Spirit to purify us via Jesus’ blood.
Since we all were raised in sin, we all possess bad habits and sinful tendencies that we picked up along the way.
Similar to trees in a forest, sinful desires and habits vary in size and strength. The strongest ones are comparable to the tallest and oldest trees in a forest, giants that tower over the forest floor whose strong roots penetrate deep into the earth’s surface.
Oftentimes, these are referred to as strongholds and have been passed down from generation to generation.
According to Matthew 7:18, these trees, despite their enormity, are bad trees and therefore can produce no good fruit.
Alas, each one of these useless trees must be found, cut down, pulled out by the roots and burned.
As strongholds are torn down, the Holy Spirit will begin to plant something even better.
When God plants the seed of the Word in our hearts, it is our job to nourish it and cultivate it. (See, The Parable of the Sower)
“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”Matthew 13:31-32
With diligent care and God’s powerful Spirit, the seed He plants in our hearts will grow into a tree of life inside each of our hearts and that tree will bear much good fruit.
Much love, many blessings, Jesus is Lord.