Why Can’t I Do It Myself
By Linda C Dipman

   The lawn was filled with briers and thistles.  It was like a web spreading out and capturing my once beautiful green
grass.  How could this have happened?  I did everything right!  I toiled and slaved in order to have the most perfect
lawn and garden and now my labor resulted in overgrown weeds.

   I immediately took action and fought against the weeds with the strongest weed killer on the market.  Instead of
killing the weeds, my lawn began to die.  I read the label and did everything right still nothing was working to rid my
lawn from those evil weeds.

   Finally, I fell on my knees and began to pull one weed out at a time.  I spent hours pulling and weeding every inch
of my lawn.  No matter how hard I worked the weeds grew stronger against me producing ten where there had been
one before.

   I thought about what was happening to my garden and pondered why all my efforts seemed to be wasted.  
Suddenly the Holy Spirit encompassed my thoughts and opened my mind to view the world just like the lawn I was so
desperate to save.

   Satan had taken the once perfect creation of God and corrupted it with just one temptation.  When Adam and Eve
began eating from the forbidden tree of good and evil our world began to fill with sin.  It was like a weed sprouting
and spreading rapidly though the world and capturing the perfection of the once beautiful garden.

   Now, no matter how many efforts we make as human beings to control sin in our lives we are corrupted by our
society and environment because of the decisions others have made before us. Temptations that lead us down
many paths that are meant to block us from ever getting the sin in our lives under control and winning our game of
life for good.

   Our lives are suppose to be more than fulfilling our daily needs and wants.  We are here to overcome the greatest
tempter of them all! Satan the deceiver and evil corrupter of all mankind.

   Because our world is not perfect, we must come to many valleys of decisions.  We are not automatically good.  
We don't automatically make all the right choices.  We can be easily persuaded to give into the way the world thinks
we are suppose to behave, instead of the way God wants us to behave.

   For instances if you are born within a country where there is a dictatorship then you are told how you are suppose
to live by the rich leaders who benefit from the hierarchy of the government.  They control who you worship and
teach you how to think according to their belief system.  They limit your choices and use force to make you conform.  

   If you live in a country with a democracy that gives you the freedom to pick and choose, then you have the
corrupting forces of many choices. Free enterprise opens doors to giving people the ability to become very rich and
for other people to become very poor.  Democracy also gives you the ability to pick or choose your religion or to not
believe in God at all.

   What religion we are raised in also persuades us according to the doctrine of their belief.  They teach us how to
worship God. Some even use God as a means to start wars and massacre people who refuse to believe as they do.

   Not only are we corrupted by our world governments, but we can easily be persuaded to follow our peers.  
Schools educate our children but they are also 'breeding grounds' for gangs and for our children to follow the crowd,
because of peer pressure and the desire of fitting in with their friends.

   It seems the weeds of sin have corrupted every good thing that was once made perfect by God.  The garden of
the world is now filled with thorns and briers that are meant to lead all people from going down the right paths of life.  
Everyone is under the evil corrupting power of sin.

   Romans 3: 9b-18, "I have already shown that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin. As the
scriptures say:  There is no one who is righteous, no one who is wise or who worships God.  All have turned away
from God; they have all gone wrong; no one does what is right, not even one.  Their words are full of deadly deceit;
wicked lies roll off their tongues, and dangerous threats, like snake's poison, from their lips; their speech is filled with
bitter curses.  They are quick to hurt and kill; they leave ruin and destruction wherever they go.  They have not
known the path of peace, nor have they learned reverence for God."

   We are all like Adam and Eve.  We have all given into temptation and been lured into giving into our desires for
riches.  We have all been given over to the corrupting forces of evil thinking because of how our world is set up.

   Because our world is bad, we are all destined to sin.  This is the reason why it is difficult to have a good marriage
apart from divorce. This is the reason why people are easily persuaded to do drugs. This is the reason why there
are wars and countries filled with corrupt government officials.  This is also the reason why murder and all types of
evil things happen to people.

   The garden of the world is filled with weeds of over grown sin sown for the very purpose of persuading all who live
here to do wrong.  The only way we can weed the sin from our lives is by making a conscious effort to do what is
right and still we are subject to failure.  

   Romans 7: 17-23, "So I am not really the one who does this thing; rather it is the sin that lives in me.  I know that
good does not live in me-that is, in my human nature.  For even though the desire to do good is in me, I am not able
to do it.  I don't do the good I want to do; instead, I do the evil that I do not want to do.  If I do the evil that I do not
want to do, this means that I am no longer the one who does it; instead, it is the sin that lives in me.
   So I find that this law is at work: when I want to do what is good, what is evil is the only choice I have.  My inner
being delights in the law of God.  But I see a different law at work in my body-a law that fights against the law that my
mind approves of."

   This is the reason why many people cannot quit smoking.  They are chained to their addiction.  This is the reason
why there is alcoholism and people who over eat.  This is the reason why wife and child abuse exists.  Every form of
sin comes in and grabs people and enslaves them to do the will of their addictions.  
   
   World leaders give into their addiction for power, greed and fame.  Every government and society developed and
built by men can never be good because all have the corrupting power of sin.  It is like a virus that affects all the
levels of government throwing away the theory of good government and corrupting it with people who use power for
their own ambitions.

   This is the reason why Sadam and Hitler were able to lead countries into committing horrible monstrosities against
people.  This is the reason why there is genocide occurring in Africa.  This is the reason why war is used as a means
to steal oil.

   If our world is so corrupted by sin then how do we weed it out of our lives?  We must believe in Jesus Christ as our
Savior.  Faith in Jesus is the only way we can be saved in an evil world.  For we are unable to walk in this world and
live free from the pull of sin on our lives.

   Romans 8: 1-6, "There is no condemnation now for those who live in union with Christ Jesus.  For the law of the
Spirit, which brings us life in union with Christ Jesus, has set me free from the law of sin and death. What the law
could not do, because human nature was weak, God did.  He condemned sin in human nature by sending his own
Son, who came with a nature like man's sinful nature, to do away with sin.  God did this so that the righteous
demands of the Law might be fully satisfied in us who live according to the Spirit, and not according to human
nature.  Those who live as their human nature tells them to have their minds controlled by what human nature
wants.  Those who live as the Spirit tells them to, have their minds controlled by what the Spirit wants. To be
controlled by human nature results in death; to be controlled by the Spirit results in life and peace."

   When a person acknowledges their inability to stop sinning and they give their addictions to God, He helps them
overcome the power of sin in their lives.  Only through giving our lives to Jesus Christ are we given the supernatural
power of the Holy Spirit that fights against the power of sin in the world.

   Once I understood why my garden was full of weeds I began to fall on my knees and ask Jesus to save my lawn.  
What I could not do on my own, I could do when the Spirit of God was supernatural helping me to overcome the sins
I would face during my lifetime.