Feed The Right Wolf

How many times have you intended to do what is right and did what you know to be wrong instead? I’m not talking about mistakes; I’m talking about knowing better but still doing it. A little profanity or raising your voice or checking her out – you know. You know guilt or shame will result, too; but, for some strange reason, you do it anyway. You’re not alone. The Apostle Paul, who was as close as anyone could be to being a super-Christian, struggled with this.

He said, “So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:21-24).

Men, there’s a war going on inside of us–a battle between good and evil–and sometimes evil wins. But, just because evil wins a battle or two, we don’t have to let it win the war.

There’s a story of a missionary who visited an Indian tribe and presented the Gospel to them. Many in the tribe believed the Good News including the chief. Sometime later, the missionary returned to the tribe to see how they were doing. When he asked the chief how he was doing, the chief said that since he had accepted Jesus as his Lord there has been a great battle going on inside of him. He said it was like two wolves that were fighting to the death. One was white and led the chief to do good; the other was black and led the chief to do evil. The missionary asked him which one was winning. The chief replied, “The one I feed!”

Men, we need to take seriously this battle going on inside of us –it is a fight to the death of our eternal soul and the fur is flying! And, it is given to us the choice of which wolf to feed. We can feed our spirits with prayer and worship and studying God’s Word and do those things we know are pleasing to God, or we can feed our sinful nature. One leads to life the other to guilt and shame. Feed the right wolf!

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