The Carrot And Stick Principal

10 Sep

The Carrot and Stick Principal…

Grandfather used to ask, How do you get a mule to move? One way is to use a carrot or a stick: the carrot represents the pleasure principle, while the stick represents the pain principle. You have to get its attention.

Satan also uses behavior modification methods in order to influence your life. He tries to get you to associate the things of God–His people, His house, His will for your life, His ministry, His ways – with pain, with the stick. On the other hand, he’ll try to get you to associate evil and sin— lust, gossip, an addiction, materialism, wrong relationships, or the world – with pleasure, with the carrot.

How do you overcome his schemes? Delight yourself in the Lord. Renew your mind and heart in the truth of God’s Word. Stop living to seek temporary pleasure or to avoid pain – rather seek the will of God, and to do what is right, no matter what, and your life won’t be stuck between the carrot and the stick.

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 2 Timothy 3:1-4

Focus on the joy of God and the blessings of living in righteousness.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,


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