Planted By Father

Michael Beck

“But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.” (Matthew 15:13)

Seeds take time to germinate. Thoughts and ideas, whether good or evil, incubate in the mind; they gain or lose ground depending on how attracted we are to them. When the enemy would sow tares into the field of our heart, he does so with seed that looks very much like the real deal. To gain access to the inner chambers of our soul, he transforms himself into a minister of righteousness. But the apostle warns of those who “by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” (Rom. 16:18)

My property is full of acorns. Unless we gather them up, some start to germinate and little trees begin to grow where we didn’t want them to. How hard it is to uproot something that has tenaciously spread its tentacles in the earth. How much better to catch it before it even penetrates the soil.

We are called to keep our heart with all diligence. How can we watch over the soul of another, when we are failing to watch over our own? There is many an imagination, falsehood, and error that would seek to bypass our vigilance and become a stronghold in our heart and mind. We cannot afford to cede the precious real estate of our soul to any other power but Christ. Many come in His Name, but He has not sent them. They are “double agents,” – false apostles, false prophets, false teachers – deceiving the hearts of the simple, who believe every word that appears biblical. Their persuasions are not of Him who has called us.

This is not a day to be naive. False Christs, and those who operate under a false anointing, are rampant. Father says to His children: “Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.” (Prov. 19:27) This is no day to sit at the feet of men. Hold every man, and every word out of their mouth, to the plumbline of God’s Word. It is not an issue of whether they say “some” things that are good and right; there should be nothing corrupt in our doctrine. A little leaven leavens the whole lump.

Prepare to stand before your God. He will hold you accountable for the seed you received and allowed to become part of your settled thinking. He will hold you accountable for what you believed and taught others. He will not let us blame others for the ditch we fell into. We were to be watchmen over our own souls, making sure all which gained admission into our heart was truly of our heavenly Father.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.