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A Self Controlled

Posted: Wednesday, October 21

Pastor Shawn Follis // Youth Pastor

Pastor Shawn Follis // Youth Pastor

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)


Have you ever seen a broken down wall? A wall that has fallen into disrepair is not good for anything. Walls are built to separate, protect, and slow the attacks of the enemy. A broken wall is not able to its job.

 

 

We all are in a daily battle with self. You cannot spell the word SIN without I being in the middle of it. All sin is a struggle with self. When I don’t control myself, I fail to win the struggle with sin. A self under control is a person that is committed to living the life that God has called them to. Jesus said, in Luke 9:23, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me.” (NLT) You cannot follow God without self-control.

 

 

As we go through life, we build walls, boundaries, or fences between us and our sin. We build safe guards that give us freedom. As long as we stay within the boundaries, we have freedom. As soon as we break through the walls, we return to a place of sin. We must live a life that has self-control. We willfully limit our lives so that we don’t find ourselves in places we don’t need to be. We make choices to live within the confines of God’s love.

 

 

How are you doing today? Are you winning the battle against self, or does your wall have some holes in it? If you find that you are giving in to sin, maybe it is time for you and the Holy Spirit to begin to do some boundary inspecting. Today, take a walk with the Holy Spirit and investigate the walls of your life. Where are you living in the margins? Where do you find yourself out of control? Begin to allow the Holy Spirit to help heal your heart, mend your walls, and find self-control. I am so glad I don’t have to try and control myself alone. Self-control natural grows from a life in tune with God’s spirit.