Feeding The Lion
Feeding The Lion
Read: Romans 6:15-23
Make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. —Romans 13:14
Bible In One Year: Proverbs 30-31; 2 Corinthians 11:1-15
There's a story about an old chief sitting before a flickering fire with his grandson. The boy had broken a tribal taboo, and his grandfather wanted to help him understand what made him do it. It's like we two have lions inside us," said the chief. "One lion is good, the other lion is bad. Both of them demand that we obey them.
The boy thought for a moment and asked "Which one will win?"
The old man answered wisely : "The one that wins is the one we feed keep on feeding!"
Every follower of Jesus Christ can identify with that struggle. We fight an ongoing battle with selfish and sinful desires. They rise up within us and put incredible pressure on us to satisfy them. They are like ravenous hungers and unquenchable thirsts. First they are small "harmless" desires, but they grow stronger and can ultimately control us (Romans 6:16).
To resist we must believe what the Bible tells us about temptation's power. We must also believe that the Holy Spirit will help us to resist or to break free from its power.
But then comes the hard part. When an evil desire demands to be fed, we must say no—perhaps again and again and again. Paul said, "Make no provision for the flesh" (13:14).
Remember, what we feed will control us. —Dave Egner
Lord, grant me strength from day to day—
How prone I am to go astray!
The passions of my flesh are strong;
O God, please shield me from all wrong. —D. De Haan
It is easier to resist the first evil desire than to satisfy all the ones that follow.