About a year ago, I did a piece about a field that I saw that was covered with the cuckleberry plant. I was amazed because I had not seen a field of briars since I was a kid. I saw that in the off season the farmer who owned the field plowed them under and treated the land. Here it is a year later, and the field is covered once again with the same problem.
This cuckleberry plant can become a major problem for crops that are planted in a field because they spring up at the same time that the crop would spring up. Like Jesus said, in Matthew 13, thorns will choke the seed and limit the harvest. I noticed that the crop that the farmer had planted near me did not produce a bountiful harvest. I am convinced that that is primarily because of this pesky cuckleberry plant that keeps reappearing in his field.
As I meditated on this, it became very clear to me that a lot of our problems in our lives are like that even though we hear the Word of God. We promise ourselves that we are going to change only to find that after a period of time that the same problem that we thought that we got rid of reappears and begins to choke us again. A lot of Christians will get so frustrated with this that they will give in to the problem, but there is hope. That hope is always in Jesus. He has to be the one to clear our lives of these pesky issues. Until then, the problems will keep reoccurring and they will continue to do so to the point of frustrating and cause us to become unproductive; unfruitful. It is hard to deal with the same problem over and over again.
I have talked with many people who have expressed how difficult it is to put forth effort to change only to find that they have to deal with the same problem year after year. It can become debilitating and depressing, causing you to throw up your hands and say, 'What is the use?'. If you are one of the ones who are gagging for air because of the continuing issues in your life know of a certainty that there is hope that you can rid yourself with God's help of these issues and move on to your next level of destiny.
You may be wondering how to break through this barrier. See my next blog for some suggestions on how to Learn How To Breathe Again.
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