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May 19, 2018



“Okay!     Get a grip!    Get a hold  of yourself.     Buck up.    You can do it  IF  you really try!     Take control.”     With words like these,  people show  that they think anyone can take control  of an addiction,  a pet sin,  a disastrous situation,  or any problem  in life.     But,  time after time  we are all witness  to the fact  that people do not have the wherewithal  to control many things  in their lives — not even their sins.

So what is a person to do?     We realize  that we really do need  to face the truth  of our addictions,  pet sins,  etc.     But,  we feel helpless  in actually doing  what is right.     We’re afraid  of things  that might happen  when we stop a particular sin.     We feel weak and helpless  with the physical feelings  in an addiction.     We don’t want to think  of the consequences  of any of our actions — temporal or eternal consequences.     But,  we can’t just hide.     The problems don’t go away  all by themselves.

God knows our problems.     He knows  we need help.     In Galatians 5:22-23,  Paul leads us  to the solution we need — the only solution  that will work.     He says,

But  the fruit  of the Spirit is  love,  joy,  peace,  patience,  kindness,  goodness,  faithfulness,  gentleness,  self-control;  against such things  there is no law.

The “self-control” we need is   a “fruit  of the Spirit”.     It is not something  we can conjure up  all by ourselves.     By ourselves  we cannot control our feelings,  our desires,  our self-centeredness,  our ego,  our pride,  or anything else.

Only the Holy Spirit can help us maintain control  over our being.

How can we get the Holy Spirit  to help us overcome?       1 Corinthians 2:12 shows us  a bit about this.

Now we have received,  not the spirit  of the world,  but the Spirit  who is from God,  that we might  know the things freely given to us  by God.

And then,  Ephesians 1:13 further explains,

In Him,  you also,  after listening  to the message of truth,  the gospel  of your salvation — having also believed,  you were sealed  in Him  with the Holy Spirit of promise.

When we listen,  get to know God by studying His word,  believe,  confess our sins  and accept God’s forgiveness  through Christ Jesus,  our hearts are opened up  to receive God’s Spirit.     Turning to God for help  is all He wants  to enable Him  to come and live  in our hearts.     That is why we need  to daily confess our sins  and accept God’s forgiveness — and that is why we need  to start listening  to God  by studying His word  to us.

God cannot help us  if we refuse  to listen  to His word to us.     God cannot help us  if we insist  on turning away  from Him.      God wants to help us  and we have to  want God’s help.     That is why 1 Thessalonians 5:19 says,  “Do not quench  the Spirit.”

If we keep on kicking God out  of our lives,  we are refusing the help  we desperately need.     If we really want some “self-control”  in our lives,  we have to allow God’s Spirit  to work that understanding and “self-control”  into us.    Allowing God  to live  in our hearts then begins  to produce fruit  in our lives.     We become different.     Our lives start  to show the things  that are God-pleasing,  like “love,  joy,  peace,  patience,  kindness,  goodness,  faithfulness,  gentleness,  self-control.”

We have to admit  that God is good  and right  and holy  in all that He wants  for us  and from us.     Let us do ourselves a favor  by accepting His gifts  of forgiveness and love — along with the gift  of His Spirit  as we dwell on His words  in the Bible.     Then we say,  “Hallelujah!     Abba!     Father!     Thank You  for helping me  in all my needs.     Let me always live  to Your glory.”



A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods


Pray for our country.


This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1


How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4


Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13


Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3


Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12






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