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*** The Battle Within ***
An old Cherokee describes an experience going on inside himself….
“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.
One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity,
guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness,
benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.
This same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather:
“Which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
A hermit was meditating by a river when a young man interrupted him.
“Master, I wish to become your disciple,” said the man.
“Why?” replied the hermit.
The young man thought for a moment. “Because I want to find God.”
The master jumped up, grabbed him by the scruff of his neck, dragged
him into the river, and plunged his head under water. After holding him
there for a minute, with him kicking and struggling to free himself,
the master finally pulled him up out of the river.
The young man coughed up water and gasped to get his breath.
When he eventually quieted down, the master spoke. “Tell me, what
did you want most of all when you were under water.”
“Air!” answered the man.
“Very well,” said the master. “Go home and come back to me when you
want God as much as you just wanted air.”
Seek GOD with earnestness and in all true honesty, and with every fibre of our being,
as in how we desperately seek the air that He provides for our survival for existence;
then and only then, we’ll find GOD and the only One True GOD, *JEHOVAH*,
will fill us up spiritually.
∞ The Two Seas ∞
Ever visited Israel? If you did, then you know that Israel has two lakes. The one up
in the North is the Kinneret, also known as the sea of Galilee, because it is up in the
area called the Galilee. From this lake comes most of the water in the tiny state.
The ancient city of Tiberias, located on its shores, is today a flourishing city.
Here the delicious St. Peter’s fish is caught by the local fishermen and prized as a
From the Kinneret, the water is purified and pumped into large pipelines that bring
the life-giving water to the towns and cities all over the country. From the Kinneret,
the Jordan river winds it’s way down to the Dead Sea. It is much smaller now than
in the times of the Bible, but still enough to give life and green to the plants all along
The second of Israel’s lakes is the Dead Sea. The dead sea is an area of desolation.
Even though the sweet waters of the Jordan flow into it, yet the salty mineral water
is too heavy to be diluted. No plants grow around the banks of the dead sea, and no
fish or plant life exist in the heavily salty waters. The salt concentrate is not like that
of the average oceans of the world. It is so great that when a bather walks into the
water, at a point approximately at his chest, the dense water lifts him up and he will
float. Indeed no one is able to swim in the water. The salt and mineral content is so
great that it burns the eyes and any open wound. After being in the water, a bather
must wash to cleanse himself from the salt and mineral residue.
What a contrast! Compare the life-giving water of the Kinneret in the North to the
deathly parched area around the Dead Sea.
Yet we are told that this is similar to two basic types of people:
There is the giver, the person who gives generously whether of his time or his money.
And there is the taker, the person who only takes, and any giving on
his part is only in his own self interest, to promote more taking.
The giver, gives, and life grows around him.
The taker only takes and death is around him, nothing sprouts.
Yes, there are contributory rivers that flow into the Kinneret, but their waters are
not kept there, but distributed to other needy sources. The giver is the sustainer
of life. The Dead Sea is located in the lowest part of Israel and one of the lowest
parts of the world. The Dead Sea keeps all of it’s water to itself. Similarly, the taker,
only takes and keeps it only for himself. No one else benefits from him. Nothing is
lower that this.
Even from the geography of the Holy Land of Israel, we learn deep lessons on
how to conduct our lives. Let’s be a giver. Let’s concern ourselves with the other
person. Remember, even smiling at the next person is an act of giving. Let’s go
beyond our needs and see what we can do to help the next person.
by S. Wasserman
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Therefore, whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them,
I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock.
And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew,
and beat upon that house; and it fell not : for it was founded upon a rock.
And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not,
shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand.
And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew,
and beat upon that house; and if fell: and great was the fall of it.
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Moral of the Story/Parable by Jesus Christ :
House built on a solid rock foundation will withstand and survive from
the snares of the world ; whereas …
House built on slippery sand will not be able to counter the storms of
the world and will ultimately fall.
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We must build ourselves upon the rock of Jesus Christ, the way to eternal
life and not on the tempting and snaring death, sandy path of the Devil.
*GREAT TRAITS OF A HUMAN SOUL*
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THE ABILITY TO APOLOGIZE
Few can do this in a gracious manner. If you have spoken or acted
inadvisably or been disrespectful in any way,
it will help, rather than hinder, to humbly acknowledge it.
(Proverbs : 22 : 4
The reward for HUMILITY and fear of the Lord God is riches
and honor and life)
TO FORGIVE AND FORGET
It requires only an ounce of grace and a thimbleful of brains to hold a grudge.
But to entirely forget an injury, is truly beautiful.
(Proverbs : 17 : 9
He who forgives an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter
alienates a friend or a loved one)
TO AVOID ARGUMENTS
A bigot or a fool can quickly pitch into an unprofitable debate.
But it takes a great soul to look ahead and studiously avoid
anything that might break fellowship.
This is greater than to win an argument.
He that ruleth his spirit is better than he who taketh a city.
(Proverbs : 17 : 27
He who restrains his words has knowledge,and he who has a cool,
gentle spirit is a man of understanding.)
TO AVOID MIXING UP IN A QUARREL
Children may fuss over a little toy, or a few green apples,
but parents ought to be too big to pull off in spirit
from good neighbors over such trifles.
Do those in your family/community have confidence in you?
(Proverbs : 17 : 14
The beginning of strife is like letting out water;
so quit before the quarrel breaks out)
GOING TO THE LAW
The devil and unprincipled lawyers will magnify a supposed injury.
But a wise and peaceful person will rather suffer wrong
than spend time and money defending personal rights.
(1 Corinthians : 6 : 7
To have lawsuits with one another is defeat for you)
(Proverbs : 16 : 7
When a man’s peaceful ways is pleasing to the Lord God,
He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him)
It is painful to see one who is always strained up.
How blessed to dwell so deeply in God as to have
no concern about how high, or how low others rate you.
Paul said, “With me it is a very small thing that I should be judged
by you, or of another man’s judgment.
He that judgeth me is the Lord God above.
(Proverbs : 21 : 2
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes,
but the Lord God weighs and judges every man’s heart)
How sad that anyone should imagine he is ahead,
when he gives just enough to ease his conscience
and yet less than his full share to a worthy cause.
In the end he and his children are the losers.
The liberal soul shall be made fat; and he that watereth
shall be watered also himself.
He that giveth with a cheerful heart will be multiplied
a thousand times over until his cup runneth over.
(Proverbs : 11 : 24
One man gives freely, yet grows all the richer;
another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want)
A SAINTLY DIGNITY
One need not be highly intellectual or well dressed,
in order to show poise and sincerity that will
compel admiration and disarm prejudice.
Look at the meek and lowly, Jesus said before Pilate:
“God sees them, so thou should do likewise.”
(Proverbs : 14 : 31
He who oppresses a poor man insults his Maker,
but he who is kind to the needy honors Him)
TAKING SNUBS AND REPROOFS WELL
It is a false idea that those possessing true greatness
must be curt and resentful toward those who dare
to cross them; especially one’s inferior.
How lovely to behold one who can be gracious and gentle
when information or reproof is
given that was not needed.
(Proverbs : 15 : 4
A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness
in it breaks the spirit)
How blessed to meet a big soul whose silence speaks louder than words.
We can go away enlarged and enriched.
But how different from the man who monopolizes
all the time in calling attention to self,
where he has been and what he did.
Let another man praise thee, and not thine own lips.
(Proverbs : 27 : 2
Let another praise you, and not your own mouth;
a stranger, and not your own lips)
STOOPING TO HELP OTHERS
The Pharisee and priest can pass by on the other side,
but the magnanimous man will forget self
and stop to help others.
Years ago General Booth was walking down
a side street in London, when he was seen to
stop and help a poor man load some bags of coal.
An onlooker was impressed and inquired who this silk-hat man was.
Later he gave a large donation to the General,
saying, “Such work is worth supporting.”
(Proverbs : 21 : 3
To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable
to the Lord God above, than sacrifice.)