A fierce battle is taking place within all of us. It is a war between two forces that will
continue throughout our entire lifetime, with both sides struggling for control. And because of this, there will come a time
in each persons earthly journey when they must choose which side to follow. Eternity depends on it.
MANY years ago, a wise old man was teaching his
grandchildren about spirituality. He said to them, A fight is going on inside
it is a terrible fight. It is like
two strong powers have taken up residence there. One is fighting for sacredness and goodness but the other
presents a realm of evil and sin cloaked in empty assurances of earthly joy and
temporary happiness, and this one uses clever ploys designed to deceive in order to win."
TELL us, Grandfather, about this terrible fight you are talking about,
said the children. Who are these people
living inside of you?
THEY are like two very hungry 'wolves'. One
represents fear, anger, envy, greed, arrogance, resentment, lies, false pride,
immorality, impurity, thievery, murder, superiority, ego,
and are morally negative and the opposite of all things good. They are everything
Jesus taught us to avoid", the grandfather wisely said. "All
these emotions and feelings can cause me to sin if I permit them to take over my life
or allow them to fester in my thoughts and in my actions. 'So I find
it to be a law that when I want to do what is right and good, evil is ever present with me
and I am subject to its insistent demands' (Romans 7:21). But
the sad thing is, sometimes what this evil side offers, I want to have."
other side of this dualistic spectrum is good and it stands for joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility,
kindness, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and most
of all faith in God and Jesus Christ. These are the qualities
of the Christian trying to follow the teachings
of Jesus Christ. They are morally positive. If I choose the good, I must be aware of the dangers, afflictions, grievous trouble,
distress, suffering, distress, adversity, and oppression that I may face. You
see, Satan will use my sufferings to win me over by telling me he can make everything
better. He does not like to lose.
"EVEN knowing this,
my sinful nature will tell me to go ahead
and enjoy what the evil side offers and not worry about
the future. This is the opposite of what God wants for me. 'These
two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you (I)are not free to carry out your
good intentions' (Galations 5:17).
"AND so, dear ones, I must choose between the two
of them, the old man told them. "if I choose wrongly I must be willing to
forfeit the final reward."
WHAT is this
final reward you are talking about? they asked.
Could you have it now,
NO, children, for it is the gift of eternal
life. I must prepare for that reward on this
earth. If I believe that Jesus came to offer
salvation and I follow His teachings, I will get that reward at the end of this
know in my heart and soul that Jesus promised to strengthen me along the way, picking me
up when I lapse into wickedness and deviltry, and giving me the courage to ward off the evil one who seeks to devour me. It is Satan
who wants to win me away from God by lies; dangling earthly pleasures before me, and if I
let him, he will cause me to turn away from my faith in Christ."
HE continued, Both sides are like hungry animals, tearing and
ripping at each other. the Grandfather
said. the only way to control this
fighting is to know which side to choose.
Please understand, my children, that this same
fight is going on inside you too, and inside every other person. These two have the ability to live within each of
us, and each seeks to win. '...the good seed
represents the people of the Kingdom. The weeds are the people who belong to the
evil one', (Matthew13:38). But always
remember that goodness is more powerful than evil. You must work harder for goodness
to win because the temptations that are offered by our evil side plays on our weaknesses
and is destructive to mankind. If you choose goodness, evil will step back because
the power of Almighty God is stronger".
"SOMETIMES good and evil will pause in their fight, each
pressing their merits, each hoping I will choose them.
Satan, the evil one, will recognize and use one of the deep desires of my heart and will offer it, but behind that temporary
offering lies sin and eternal death because Satan will do anything to shake your faith and
win you over. Earthly happiness, brief though
it be, yet tempting in its lure, hides the
destructive arm of Satan. The other side will
offer solace, hope, and a powerful gift of unconditional love and forgiveness, a promise
to always be with us, and the grand prize of eternal life if we can hang on to God's
THE old man continues, Many times I
stumble on this battlefield, looking to either side in my human desires, trying to make a
choice to follow Jesus Christ or make a stop along the way to taste the delights of
Satans offerings. If I linger, I know
I might lose the
battle. I also know that in spite of this war within
me, neither side can hold me hostage unless I allow it. I
can choose to settle this war and move on with the knowledge that the Lord is with me and
someday will take me home to live in glory forever. If,
for a moment I move toward the evil side because of my sinful nature, I know
I can always step back and ask God to
THE children thought about that for a minute and said, But, we
dont understand. Why do they fight? they wanted to know. What do they want from you?
THEN the wise old grandfather nodding sagely replied, They are fighting
for my eternal soul.
ONE child asked his grandfather, Which one of the "hungry
wolves" will win?
THE old man simply replied, The one you
WHICH wolf are you feeding? The end to the final battle is up to you.
we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will
each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we
have done in this earthly body. 1 Corinthians 5:10
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