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How To Control Your Self-Control // Tuesday, October 21

Posted: Tuesday, October 21

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Jeremiah 37:1-38:28
1 Timothy 6:1-21
Psalm 89:38-52
Proverbs 25:28

 

Verse of the day:

A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls. (Proverbs 25:28)

 

City walls don’t mean much in our day but in ancient times those defenses were critical to a city’s survival and prosperity. City walls were essential. In fact, the construction of the very first city following the Exodus flood began with the building of its walls. Why? Because everyone knew that a city without walls is vulnerable to infiltrators and defenseless against aggressors – it’s just common sense. Sadly, common sense is not so common these days.

 

The Bible says again and again that self-control is the mark of a wise person. It is an aspect of Christian character that is revealed in times of intense provocation or temptation. Self-control is evidenced in three specific ways in our life: physically, mentally, and verbally.

 

A person without self-control is ripe for plundering. They lack the stability and consistency needed for growth and prosperity. Without self-control, temptations aren’t resisted and one becomes an easy target. The scripture is full of examples and whether it be a scoundrel like Amnon or a leader like Moses, a lack of self-control can wreck any life.

 

Thankfully, God tells us that “the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23)  Isn’t that amazing? So, here’s the deal, if you lack self-control whether physically, mentally, or verbally, all you need to do is ask and seek for more of the Holy Spirit in every dimension of your life. Surrender the broken parts of your heart and soul to Him today and watch Him rebuild those walls.

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Pastor Mark McKinstry // Missions & Christian Education Pastor