The Civil War Inside Us
What is the source of wars and fights among you? Don’t they come from the cravings that are at war within you? — James 4:1
We all have our inner struggles. Just because we are Christians, doesn’t mean that there isn’t a battle between our flesh and our spirit. What do we do when our intentions are good, yet we can’t seem to stop sinning? What do we do when we feel we aren’t hearing from God?
There is an old Native American tale which describes an Elder’s inner struggles. He is said as saying 'Inside of me there are two dogs. One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time.' When asked which dog wins, he reflected for a moment and replied, 'The one I feed the most.’
What are we feeding more, sisters? Are we feeding our flesh, or are we feeding our spirit? Feeding our spirit means actively making God our priority. We spend time in the Word, not in the world. We guard our hearts by carefully feeding ourselves things that will not grieve the Holy Spirit, and we keep out the trash that will pull us the other way. Our spiritual walk is a marathon, not a sprint, and in our journey, it’s always important to feed ourselves well.
God I thank you for the Holy Spirit, who is here to convict, but never condemn, and to always help me along this journey in this world. Please bring to my mind, anything that I may be doing, reading, watching, or listening to, that may be feeding my flesh and not my spirit. Help me to continuously keep my eyes on You.
Are you allowing things into your mind and heart that might be displeasing to God?
Meditate on the Lord’s prayer this week in Matthew 6:9-13
Chelsi Woods is a Jesus loving, tattooed soccer mom, who’s passionate pursuit is making sure people know their worth in Christ alone. Effected by loss through suicide at a young age, through music, public speaking and writing, Chelsi hopes to bring people closer to Christ and offer the message of a supernatural peace and hope in Christ and Christ alone. Her hobbies are Pinterest fails, dad jokes, and embarrassing her 10-year-old daughter with her solid dance moves.