Which Dog are you Feeding?

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)

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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)

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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.

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The question remains. Which dog do I feed?

Shalom,

Brian

As Darkness Descends Upon the Earth, Let Us Remember That We Remain In the Light of Christ

“The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever” (Isaiah 40:8).

Unless you have your head deeply hidden in the proverbial sand- You MUST be somewhat alarmed at the blatant satanic powers at work in the earth and in the church.

But I do believe that Satan instructs his minions to work hardest in our churches. He wants to cast doubt into our minds about the reliability of God’s Word – just as he did in the Garden of Eden.

 “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world (1 John 2:16).

When mankind feels that they can do a better job than the One who created all  there is in the Universe; that’s when Cults are born – that’s when preaching becomes the words of men and not of God; and that is what we are seeing with the apostate movements masquerading as Christianity.

Sometimes It is too heavy to carry

We must remember that God is always in control. Sometimes it doesn’t feel like He is, but we must not rely on our feelings and emotions. We stand on the Word of God. And we come to Him in prayer and talk to Him about our fears and anxieties.

 “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30).

In order to learn from Him, we must read His Word which He left for us.

Jesus is our Rock

When we read the news more than we read the Word of God, we will ultimately find ourselves in shifting sand. Just as Paul said that his flesh warred against his spirit, we have these same battles raging in us. So, what to do?  Jesus would have us praying to Him and reading His Word.

In these last days, this is more important than ever before!

 “And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”

“So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.  But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”

 “And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”  And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.

 Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God”. (Matthew 14: 28-33).

When Peter was focused on Jesus – he walked on the water. As soon as he focused on his circumstances, looking down at the water, he began to sink.

When we stand on His Word, we are standing on the Rock of our Salvation.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;  and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).

The Storms of Life

Think back to a time when your child became frightened. Perhaps it was a terrible storm raging outside. Do you remember how the child would look into your eyes, as if they wanted to see how you were reacting to the thunderous booms and the lightning strikes?

You would draw them close to you and speak words of comfort. You would assure them that they were safe with you.

Can you imagine how much the Lord wants to hold us right now? We are His children and the apple of his eye!  In order for us to feel His warmth and closeness, we must go to Him in prayer – talk to Him and tell Him how we are feeling. We must read His Word.

His Word brings Him to us and us to Him.  It wraps us in His unfailing Love.

The persecution will increase. We were forewarned.  Sometimes, just saying the name of Jesus over and over during these times will calm us and bring us back to truth.  That truth is this:

“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,  nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:37-39).

 “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6).

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Shalom b’Yeshua

MARANTHA!!