A story is told of an old man who ages ago lived in a village far away. It came to the point where he couldn’t afford to put food on the table for himself. He only had two dogs to his name and thought of a plan as to how he could adapt and sustain himself going forwards. He came up with a plan to show case dogfights and entertain the crowds, to spice things up he could predict which dog was going to win the contest. He started in his own village, there came a time that people had had enough of this trick and he decided to move on and seek greener pastures. He would go from one village to the other; he was so good that he made a name for himself and was able to accumulate a decent fortune for himself. He generated a lot of interest to the extent that one young boy started following the man wherever he hosted the shows. The curious boy did this to actually understand the process that made this individual so successful. After following him for a while he couldn’t figure out how this man was able to calculate which dog would triumph over the other.
He then approached the old man and asked him “Sir, how do you know which one the dogs is going to win the fight” the old man replied “I will let you in a secret, I starve one of the dogs and then I know the weak one will not win”
This might seem a simple trick but there are valuable lessons we can learn from this story. Galatians 5:17 reminds us “The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires.
These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions”. This is what happens to us daily there are forces that are at constant battle and the choice is ours which of these forces we will choose to feed. The one we feed is the one that will have power over the other that which we don’t want to win we will have to starve. By starving it implies not feeding it at all depriving of all things that will promote the flesh to rule over us
So then how can we let the good win? The bible tells us that by beholding we become changed. The great controversy is real and daily there is a battle of souls if we want to be for God we have to spend time with him daily feed upon his word, pray earnestly and share that which we have encountered with Christ. If we feed on worldly things then the flesh within us will win and that which the spirit wants to do will fail. Going back to the old abbreviation GIGO (garbage in garbage out) we become what we feed most on. The bible tells us to be in the world but not of the world. What we allow our minds to feed on will shape whom we are in the end, so how are minds fed? television, music, reading material, food the list goes on and the choice is ours to determine which one wins over the other.
Galatians 6:7 reminds us that “we reap what we saw” We have the power to choose victory over sin or for sin to have victory over us, the secret is in choosing to feed that which we want to win and God doesn’t leave this to our own strength, Paul in the letter to the Philippians he says we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength.
Romans 12:2 “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God”