The Battle Within Us

There is an old story about an elderly Cherokee brave who told his grandson a story about a battle that goes on inside people.

“My dear one, the battle between two ‘wolves’ is inside us all. One is evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego.

The other is good. It is: joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”

The grandson thought about it for a moment and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”

The old Cherokee replied, “The one you feed.”

The same is true for the Christian. Paul said, “But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.)”

Notice Paul says, “You are not controlled by your sinful nature… but are controlled by the spirit.” Within us, there are two natures – the old nature and the spirit of God. That one that is dominant in our lives is the one that controls us. And that is our choice on a daily basis.

So today, who is going to control you? Will it be our old nature or the spirit of God? The one that we feed is the one that controls us. We need to be careful and make sure we feed our Spirit.

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