Most of us somewhere heard this Native American tale from a pulpit at one time or another: “Inside of me there are two dogs. One is mean and evil and the other is good and they fight each other all the time. When asked which one wins, I answer, the one I feed the most.”
Recently I have spoken with MANY fellow believers, all who have been suffering anxiety, depression, anger, and fear over the current political events. The prince of the airwaves really has ramped up his onslaught of disinformation coupled with a frenzy of chaos. The enemy tosses out bad news and disinformation like chum (shark bait) attracting the masses and fueling the fire of hate, doubt, fear, anxiety, hopelessness, and even to the point of questioning our faith. Too many believers are allowing the enemy to gain a dominating foothold over their lives. Why is that. Perhaps the constant drumbeat of fear provoking (by design) news is feeding that evil dog (the flesh). God’s word tells us of the works of the flesh: Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” (Galatians 5:19–21)
It seems to me that if we are constantly filling up on bad news that is designed by the enemy to distract us from the LORD. Therefore, we are feeding that evil dog. We are inviting despair upon our peace. We are fueling the fire of our fear and anger over constant barrages of double standards, corruption, and injustice. Far too many Born Again Believers are walking around in defeat. “Oh my, Biden will do X, Y and Z.” “The Sky is falling.” “It’s all over.” “America is Finished.” ETC… STOP! We are the ones that have the VICTORY through Jesus our Messiah! All the noise from politics, academia, and media is irrelevant. Discard that venomous spew frothing from your media device. Turn off notifications or delete those news-feeds. I am not telling you to put your head in the sand as far as news goes. Just get off the carousel of 24-hour media craziness. Go to Christian Sites Like Worthy News that compile headlines for us without barraging us 24/7.
This is a coordinated attack not from Gates, Soros, China, Russian, and/or whoever. It’s an attack from the enemy of our souls: For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12)
While we are looking at the straw-man we are being distracted by the true enemy. Look at a bullfighter for example. He uses the red cape to distract the bull. The bull is bigger, stronger, and faster than the bullfighter. If not for the distraction the bull would simply move a few feet right or left and the bullfighter is in real trouble. But, since the bull is distracted it gets wounded repeatedly over and over then killed. The adversary wants you distracted, it wants you not to effectively share Jesus’ salvation with the world, it wants you under the yoke of fear and misery so that you tune into the media as a drug that poisons you slowly. It is not interested in stopping there, it wants to kill you. What is the mission of The Enemy (Satan)? The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. (John 10:10a) — Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8) The Enemy uses divide and conquer to pit humanity against one another. The Enemy will even use my alignment as a conservative patriot to his advantage by fueling a fire of anger within me. If it were not for the Lord Jesus and His salvation and me being a slave in Christ, I could have been one of those storming the capitol as an enraged patriot whose country has been stolen. My flesh SCREAMS OUT for justice and vengeance. But the LORD God tells us otherwise:
Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. “But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:17–21)
“Vengeance is Mine” says the LORD. He will repay. All those of wickedness, lawlessness, and unrighteousness will be judged by the Lord Jesus and fall under His ever-consuming wrath. Although I take personal satisfaction that the Lord will punish the guilty, I will NOT gloat. Because I too am deserving of wrath. Nevertheless, there will be reckoning and justice.
So then, why would we want to feed that bad dog within? We ought to starve this dog; yes? This evil puppy takes a steady diet of disinformation via endless news that is baiting anger, fear, and depression, and every other carnal sin we can construe. That evil dog (The Flesh) not only needs starved it needs to be put down:
Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” (Galatians 5:24).
knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin;” (Romans 6:6)
Notice the words “have” and “was” Indeed so if we are in Christ, then we ARE partakers in the VICTORY. How then is it we walk around in defeat? Indeed so, we are looking at that red cape of distraction.
So rather than filling up on the media drumbeat and its feeding frenzy of demonic noise, fill up on God. Read HIS WORD. Get HIS PEACE. Do HIS WILL. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another.” (Galatians 5:22–26)
Considering all the current events I have a calm and peace over me. This peace is the peace only God can give. Turn to Him now. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” (Psalm 18:2)
Quit looking to mortal men for answers. Do not trust in princes, In mortal man, in whom there is no salvation. His spirit departs, he returns to the earth; In that very day his thoughts perish. How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, Whose hope is in the Lord his God,” (Psalm 146:3–5)
Which person would you want to be here: Thus says the Lord, “Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind And makes flesh his strength, And whose heart turns away from the Lord. “For he will be like a bush in the desert And will not see when prosperity comes, But will live in stony wastes in the wilderness, A land of salt without inhabitant. “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord And whose trust is the Lord. “For he will be like a tree planted by the water, That extends its roots by a stream And will not fear when the heat comes; But its leaves will be green, And it will not be anxious in a year of drought Nor cease to yield fruit.” (Jeremiah 17:5–8)
Brethren hear me. Get off the media circus of Satan and open your Bibles immersing yourselves in HIS Word. As a disciple (Student) you will hone your focus away from distractions and learn discernment. We will need it in the coming dark days ahead.
I encourage you to disconnect from the feeding frenzy designed to feed that evil dog in us.
The question remains. Which dog do I feed?