When we become Christians, the Holy Spirit enters our lives. When it does, the Spirit begins trying to guide us. I say “trying” because the spirit can experience resistance. That comes from our old nature that is still within us. So, within us, there is a battle taking place between our old nature and the Holy Spirit. Paul talked about this. He said, “So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions.”
So there is a battle taking place within us and it is a battle of the flesh and spirit. Which one will win? That depends on us. Every day, we must ask the Lord to help us crucify the flesh. As the flesh is crucified the Holy Spirit lead us and as the Spirit leads, it produces the fruit of the Spirit within us.
So today, will you be led by the Spirit or governed by the flesh?
An Eskimo fisherman came to town every Saturday afternoon. He always brought his two dogs with him. One was white and the other was black. He had taught them to fight on command. Every Saturday afternoon in the town square the people would gather and these two dogs would fight and the fisherman would take bets. On one Saturday the black dog would win; another Saturday, the white dog would win – but the fisherman always won!
His friends began to ask him how he did it. He said, “I starve one and feed the other. The one I feed always wins because he is stronger.”
So, are we feeding the flesh or the Spirit? The one we feed is the one that will win.