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“Which Dog are you feeding”

Updated: Jul 26, 2023

Is there a spiritual conflict going on inside of you? The fight between living a Christian life and the fight to live the carnal life that follows the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and boastful pride of life. Do you do things that you know you shouldn’t do but for some reason you end up doing them? Maybe it is because you are feeding the wrong dog.

Here is a Christian story which I have heard many times over the years, and I never get tired of hearing it.

A Native-American Christian went to a missionary for counsel. He was very much troubled by the spiritual conflict going on within his heart. He wanted to do what God wanted him to do, but he was frequently disobeying God. He found that he was prone to do evil things, even as he did before he became a Christian.

The native described this conflict within himself as a dogfight. He said to the missionary, "It is as though I have a black dog and a white dog inside me fighting each other constantly." The black dog, he explained, represented evil and the white dog represented good.

The missionary asked him, "Which dog wins the fight within you?"

After several moments of silence, the native said, "The dog that wins is the one I feed and the dog that loses is the one I starve.

If there are things that cause us to stumble in our Christian walk, we need to stay away from it. We can do this by walking in the Spirit.

Galatians 5:16-18

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law."

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