TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8
“assuming that you have heard about Him and were taught in Him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,”
Ephesians 4:21-23 (ESV)
THE FLESH’S BATTLE FOR MY MIND
An old Indian Christian was explaining to a missionary that the battle inside of him was like a black dog fighting a white dog. “Which dog wins?” asked the missionary. “The one I feed the most,” replied the Indian.
The black dog inside of us is one way to describe our old fleshly desires. The Apostle Paul teaches us in Ephesians 4 that those deceitful desires come from our life before we became Christians. And Paul says renewing our minds is the way we defeat those old desires.
Author Warren Wiersbe writes, “Wrong thinking leads to wrong feeling, and before long the heart and mind are pulled apart and we are strangled by worry. We must realize that thoughts are real and powerful, even though they cannot be seen, weighed, or measured. We must bring “every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Cor 10:5).
It’s often been said that “wrong thinking leads to wrong feelings and wrong feelings lead to wrong living. If we feed the old dog of lies inside of us, it will grow. If we feed ourselves on God’s truth, we will grow spiritually. What are some of the godly ways you have been feeding your mind lately that could help defeat old fleshly desires?