Once a man used to come to the marketplace along with his two dogs – a white dog and a black dog. He had trained the dogs to fight on command. Every Sunday afternoon there used to be a dog fight in which the marketplace used to take bets with the owner. One Sunday the black dog won; another Sunday the white dog won – which ever dog won, invariably the owner always won. His friends asked him what the secret of his winning was. He said, “I starve one and feed the other. The one I feed always wins because he is stronger”.
We have two natures within us – the carnal and the spiritual nature or the sinful and Christ filled nature. The one we feed the most wins in the end. If we feed our spiritual nature and allow the Holy Spirit to empower us, He rules over us. But if we feed our sinful nature, the flesh rules over us. Each believer decides who rules his life, by either actively surrendering to Christ or deliberately going his own way.
I have come across a statement by J. B. Philips. “The great difference between present-day Christianity and that of the New Testament epistles, is that to us, it is primarily a performance; to them it was a real experience. We are apt to reduce the Christian religion to a code or, at best, a rule of heart and life. To these men it is quite plainly the invasion of their lives by a new quality of life together. They do not hesitate to describe this as Christ living in them”.
A life lived without the influence and empowerment of the Spirit is a life lived for nothing. Being filled with the Holy Spirit, on the other hand, results in edification. To be filled with the Spirit means to empty oneself and to allow God to fill you. D. L. Moody said, “I believe firmly that the moment our hearts are emptied of pride and selfishness and everything that is contrary to God’s law, the Holy Spirit will fill every corner of our hearts. But if we are full of pride and conceit and the world, there is no room for the Spirit of God. We must be emptied before we can be filled.” We must be filled with the Holy Spirit. And our lives need to be dominated and ruled by the Holy Spirit. Let our worships be the real experiences and not mere performances and let the world knows that Christ is living in us through our love and actions. God bless you.
In His Service,