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Self Control

May 7, 2019

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Self-control

People need self-control  for many reasons.     They may have bad habits they need to control — problems with anger and resentment — problems with self-image, patience,  self-worth, etc.     The self-help sections  at the local bookstore  have all sorts of books  on gaining self-control over habits,  anger,  and poor self-worth.     People have come up with all sorts of techniques  for gaining self-control,  ranging from breath control,  repeated sayings to gain composure,  exercises of many sorts,  or a change of activity.

Everything listed here is obviously very physical — or worldly,  if you will.     They are all temporary fixes  that fix nothing.     As a matter of fact,  trying to rely on these worldly fixes can lead  to more deep-seated problems.     So,  what is a person to do  when they need more self-control?

The apostle Paul tells us  that self-control has nothing to do  with any powers  within us.     Self-control is actually something we gain  when we put our faith  in Jesus.     When we put our faith  in Jesus,  we are always going to Him  in prayer  for guidance  and for instruction.     As we lean on Jesus  for the strength we need,  He gives us strength.     In Galatians 5:22,  Paul 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.

This fruit  is from the Spirit  of God.     This means God works  “self-control”  within us.     When we let God work  in us,  through faith  in Jesus,  we are letting God change our hearts  and minds.     Then,  knowing that we are a beloved child of God,  we gain a positive  and good self-image  that loves to live  according to God’s ways,  just because God is so good and forgiving.     Then we are not so inclined  to let bad habits control us.     The anger and resentment  that used to control us  no longer has an iron-clad grip on us  because we are entrusting all things  into God’s care.

All the various worldly attempts  at “self-control”  don’t get to the root  of our problem — which is our sinful nature.     We simply don’t have any power  over our sinful natures — but God does.     That is why it is so vital  that we let God produce the fruit  of  “self-control”  within us,  through faith  in Christ Jesus.     Worldly means of controlling ourselves  end up being detrimental.

As we lean on Jesus,  we will not only gain the “self-control”  we need,  but we’ll also gain all those other fruits  of the Spirit — “love,  joy,  peace,  patience,  kindness,  goodness,  faithfulness,  gentleness…”     All of that comes  from resting our burdens  on Jesus.     He is God Almighty  and He has promised  to help us.     That is why He suffered and died  on the cross  to pay for our sins.     We can trust Him  to do all things for us according to His wisdom.

Then we say,  “Hallelujah!     Oh, LORD,  how very good it is  to live in You!”

Love,
Margaret

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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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