Huisache (wee – sach) ~a native plant in Texas. In the spring, it puts forth beautiful yellow flowers and when you look at the shrub it has nice green foliage, inviting to deer and birds. One small problem, huisache will take over your land if not maintained and kept under control. It seems that the more you try to mow it down or cut it down, the more it seems to spread. So in other words, the more you try to physically disturb it, the more it grows. The problem is you have to get down into the plant’s root system. Something we’ve learned about controlling the huisache at CHR is we have to be intentional in the fight. We fight the root of the problem by spraying the stems and leaves of each plant with a very strong and powerful herbicide and let it do its work. Then he can come in and pull out the dead plant, root and all.
Seeing my husband working our land, reminds me of how God works in us. As “pleasing” as the huisache can look from a distance, once you get up close you see the thorns and you learn how it will methodically overtake your land. Sounds just like the Enemy. He made rebellion against God—which is the root of all sin—seem very attractive.
So just like with the huisache, I have to fight the lies, the doubts, the deception the Enemy whispers to me, desiring me to turn my eyes away from my Father. I have to be intentional day by day, moment by moment. I must keep my focus on knowing the Lord and believing in His promises. Then, and only then, will I be ready and equipped to fight the battle against the one who wants me to turn away from God.
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV