Lost Dog

Galatians 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

This afternoon one of our dogs went missing, after someone opened the gate on our fence, for several hours. I looked for him as best I could but my physical limitations and being sick really limited what I do as far as searching goes. After two hours of driving the neighborhood, walking as much as I could and hollering for the dog I was exhausted. I came home and began to pray at that point.

I knew that what I was asking, for God to deliver Jack home safely, was just a raindrop in the ocean compared to His power. After all, my God spoke the universe into existence, created all things and has moved mightily in my own life; this prayer was a pittance to Him compared to many that He has already answered.

Time drug on slowly. An hour later my wife came home and began to search the neighborhood. As she searched I moved inside the house to continue to pray. Another hour or more passed and I realized something: My flesh was warring against my spirit. My head kept trying to say it was hopeless, it had been too long, Jack wasn’t coming home. But my faith kept saying trust in God. It was a very real battle and I can’t really explain to you how it felt to know it was going on as it was.

Thank God after over four hours of being gone a neighbor several homes away, who I don’t know, brought a still-damp Jack home. He had fallen into her pool and had been treading water for God only knows how long. She said she went out to put chemicals in her pool and found him, got him out, dried him off and brought him to his address on the tags. She added she’d never have seen him if it weren’t for adding this chemicals and she hadn’t planned to do it today but for some reason did. I told her the reason was that she was used to answer my prayer.

I said all that to say this: Even though we are redeemed through the blood of Christ we are still going to have fights with our flesh. Though we are not of the flesh any longer we are still in the flesh. And as long as we live in this fleshly body we will have to fight against it, for it is still part of a fallen creation. So don’t let the battles drag you down; that’s what the devil would love. No, instead rejoice! The war is already won and as long as we keep up the fight one day we’ll experience the total victory!

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The Chase

I heard my dogs barking up a storm so I stepped out on the deck to see what the trouble was. No trouble; Jack, a 2 1/2 years old Cairn Terrier, was goading Gypsy, a nearly 10- year old Terrier mix, into playing.

Soon he was running full speed from her, after a sneak attack, around our outbuilding. She was in hot pursuit. Now, when she was his age she was the fastest, most nimble thing I’ve ever seen. But age has taken just a bit of a step from her. Anyway, ever so often he’d look back to see where she was. About halfway through the second ‘circle’ he looked back to see her bowl him over.

I think we are like this sometimes, too. There is something that is ‘chasing’ us and like Jack we look back to see where it is. Before we know it, whatever was troubling us has gotten us sidetracked and is opening up new avenues for more problems. Sadly though, we will often contend with things on our own, as best we can. Finally we’ll realize if we’d just give them over to Jesus He would carry us through it all.

1John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.