Compost is interesting stuff. You take old scraps, weeds, rotting debris and unwanted vegetable matter and pile them all in a heap. You can turn the pile over from time to time to speed up the process if desired, but even if you don’t, the decomposition will happen. The stuff sits there decaying and turns into this useful material, full of great nutrients for desirable plants, making them grow strong and healthy. Then you have food from those good plants to nourish yourself and share with others.
This may not seem very spiritual, but consider this.
Most of us, if not all, have wounds from things that occurred at various points in our lives. Satan plants lies in these wounds – like: “nobody cares about you,” “you are not important,” “you have no value,” “nothing good will come to you, “you are ugly,” ” etc. The enemy of our souls is not kind and does not have your welfare in mind. His goal is to destroy you. This list of lies can be quite brutal and extensive. As innocent children we believe these lies and they start growing. Latter on, someone you care about may reinforce those lies, feeding them, so they grow stronger with deeper roots.
One day the Lord Jesus opens your eyes to the fact that these thoughts that keep running through your mind, influencing your life and twisting your view of yourself, are lies! He is the great “God of exchanges” (beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness . . . (Is 61:1-3)). He will exchange His truth for the lies you have believed – truths like: He knew you and you were in His heart before He formed the worlds, (Eph. 1:4), He knit you together in your mother’s womb – just the way you are because that’s the way He wants you – for His purposes, (Ps. 139:13), you are beautiful and wonderfully made, ( Ps. 139:14), you are the apple of his eye, (Zach. 2:8), He is for you not against you, 9 Rom. 8:31), through Him you can do all things (Ph. 4:13). The Bible is full of His truths, waiting to be revealed to us.
At the point when you recognize the lies for what they are, they’re plucked out, and, as our great God gives you revelation of His truth, the lies are thrown onto the compost heap in your spirit and truth is planted in that spot. Because of the contrast between the truth revealed and the lies uprooted, truth can grow strong and sure, becoming a great plant, bearing much fruit that nourishes you, and can be shared with others.
Praise be to our great God!