The Wolf You Feed.

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But put on The Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.
— Romans 13:14 ESV


Sometimes we allow things in our lives that flirt with destruction, that feed the flesh.  


Sometimes its something innocuous, like indulging an eating habit.   


Sometimes it's knowingly watching a show that is the antithesis of what we believe. For example: Game of Thrones.  


I don't know about you, but there have been many times in my life I've allowed things like that to eradicate what the Lord is doing in my life.  


At at this point you may be wondering what any of this has to do with a wolf.    


In one of my favorite ancient Indian proverbs a little boy asks his father about good in antithesis to evil. Why do we do bad things? Why do we do good?


The father answers. "There are two wolves inside you, fighting."


The little boy looks up, maybe gazing into the distant sloping hills, or rocky cliffs. "Then which one will win father?"  


The father smiles, eyes lost and far away. "The wolf you feed." 


So goes the Indian proverb, and so goes the battle between spirit and flesh, light and darkness, old nature and new.  


Those habits you and I keep holding onto, the ones we know are poison--though filled with temporary enjoyment--are feeding the flesh, and destroying the spirit.  


Thank goodness that, unlike in the story, we have a great redeemer. Wonderful is his counsel, love, and grace. 


We are redeemed, made new, delighted in. However, that doesn't lessen the reality of a war, THE WAR between spirit and flesh.


The war will continue, though the final battle is already WON. 


So when you look upon your life, upon all those little habits and wicked indulgences you allow, because: it's only this once. Remember that those habits will feed one of two camps, drape you in one of two clothes. Feed one of two wolves.  


Take heart, the Lord has given you a new day to choose, a new garment to wear. Don't let the past, even an hour ago, discourage you. Fall to your knees and take up the cross, allowing no provision for the flesh.  





Link to source for Cherokee proverb is Here

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