I don’t know exactly where I got this but when I was a little girl I used to imagine a devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other. Simple but accurate to some degree. I now know that the devil is not just a figment of my imagination and represents my fleshly desires. I also know that non-believers can have a conscious, the angel so to speak, but it is more than that for the believer. It is the Holy Spirit’s conviction.
There is and always will be that constant battle between that old devil and our angel.This illustration may help.
An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.” The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?” The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
Consider who you are feeding. The devil? If so, you are in sin. Think you are getting by with it? Sin always has consequences. ALWAYS. It is ALWAYS dangerous to be in a state of disobedience. Mocking God is never a good thing. We are clearly told we will suffer the consequences. Or maybe even worse, someone else will have to pay for our sins.
Galatians 6:7-8 ESV Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
What can we do if we have been feeding that devil? Stop. Ask God to forgive you. Go and sin no more. Then feed the angel by feasting on God’s word.
Jeremiah 15:16 Living Bible Your words are what sustain me; they are food to my hungry soul. They bring joy to my sorrowing heart and delight me. How proud I am to bear your name, O Lord.
1 Corinthians 5:8 Living Bible So let us feast upon him and grow strong in the Christian life, leaving entirely behind us the cancerous old life with all its hatreds and wickedness. Let us feast instead upon the pure bread of honor and sincerity and truth.
Thanksgiving, a holiday centered around food, will be here soon. Even after a big holiday meal, my body will be hungry again sooner or later. It doesn’t have to be that way with my soul. John 6:35 (ESV) Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.”
Let’s feed our souls and starve that old devil.