Saturday, May 30, 2015

Are You Naughty or Nice?

By Kristen Clark

I heard an amazing illustration once.  There are two dogs standing side by side.  One of them is named Naughty and the other one is named Nice.  These are your dogs and they go with you on a leash everywhere you go.  Every time you make a godly choice you have to feed "Nice" and every time you make a sinful choice you have to feed "Naughty."

Whichever dog gets the most food is the strongest and pulls you forward in that direction.  The other dog becomes weaker and weaker to the point that you’re having to drag him along.

Our spiritual life works the same way.  The more you choose to fill your mind with worldly influences the stronger those influences become in your life.  If you find it really hard to resist certain temptations, it probably means you’re feeding the wrong dog.

In the same way, the more you feed the good dog (reading your Bible, praying, plugging into Bible studies, having accountability, etc.) the stronger you will grow in your relationship with Christ and the easier it will be to overcome temptations.  You will be pulled forward in a God-honoring direction.  ...

Our culture is enticing you to be naughty everyday.  Becoming a godly (person) won’t happen without a lot of hard work.  You have to intentionally (daily) fill your mind and heart with the truths from God’s Word.

When the pressure’s on, the biggest dog will win; so make sure you’re feeding the right one.


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