THE WAR WITHIN – it just keeps raging!
An all-out battle rages inside every Christian.
OK – some Christians might have been able to quieten their consciences enough so that it is more like an occasional conflict than a battle, but those intent on doing the Master’s will would describe it as a full scale WAR.
Paul described his own experience with this in Romans 7 where he tells of his battle with not doing the things he wanted to do but doing the things he didn’t want to do.
This simple story about two dogs might help:
The two dogs were equally fierce and exactly matched in physical strength. They were identical in everything except colour. The dogs fought.
They bit and tore, but because they were equal, neither was able to conquer. People conjectured on which dog would eventually win.
Then a man came along and announced he could make either one of them victorious over the other.
Asked how, he replied: “I would feed one of the dogs. That dog would become stronger with the nourishment while the other would become weaker. Then the dog which had been fed would always be victorious.”
The same procedure works with our temptations.
If I feed my old sinful nature by pursuing fleshly desires with worldly friends, or by soaking in unwholesome TV and other “entertainment” or participating in unChristian behaviour, or by keeping any area of temptation close by and focussing on it, the temptation will win.
However, if I feed the Spirit by feeding on the Word of God, praying, encouraging and being encouraged by associating with God’s people and busying myself in the service of Lord, the temptation is easily defeated.
James 4:7 Submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
Victory in Jesus!
Advice from Mr Anon:
## When we still our conscience by calling something a “necessary evil”
it begins to look more and more necessary and less and less evil.
## Fellowship with God is warfare with the world:
fellowship with the world is warfare with God.
## To resist the devil: submit to his enemy!