I’ve spent the past couple of years on a personal journey with the Lord and somehow, I found myself enrolled in His military boot camp. Now…I would be lying if I said I was willing. However, after fighting and realising I wasn’t going to win, I had no choice but to start showing up for lectures.
One of my first modules was on SELF-CONTROL…the ability to control one’s emotions, feelings, desires, actions or reactions by one’s own will. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to catch words as they’re about to leave my mouth…NO Ruky…just let it go…you don’t have to respond…you don’t really need to react…you shouldn’t do that or think that anymore…you shouldn’t be offended … you really don’t need to eat that…oops too late…next time…I promise…I’m still working on that one…and a lot more…
Proverbs 25:28 (NLT) says – A person without self-control is like A CITY WITH BROKEN-DOWN WALLS. The MSG says – A person without self-control is like A HOUSE WITH ITS DOORS AND WINDOWS KNOCKED OUT.
This means anything or anyone can gain access to you without restraint…one is open to all sorts of attacks by the enemy. He sends all kinds of temptations your way; Go get her…say something that’s bound to push her buttons and watch her react because she has no control over her emotions… and that person could be your spouse, child, work colleague, shop attendant. He sends that very attractive lady to seduce you and with no walls up…it’s easy access
People naturally don’t like to be restrained. Self-control limits you but it’s necessary for defense and protection and most importantly, it’s a fruit of the spirit and a sign that you’re growing spiritually. Galatians 5:22-24 (NLT) says – 22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and SELF-CONTROL…
It’s interesting that Peter, the disciple known to act on impulse; the one that would say things without thinking (Mark 9:2) would eventually write a letter to Christians about growing in Faith.
He writes in 2 Peter 1:5-10 (NLT) – 5 In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with SELF-CONTROL, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness… 8 The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins. 10 So, dear brothers and sisters, WORK HARD TO PROVE that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Do these things, and you will never fall away.
One of Peter’s main purpose for writing 2 Peter was to warn against false teachers saying you don’t need to have self-control because deeds cannot save you anyway. He warns against the complacent believer that have bought into this and feel they can live anyway they want. Hmmm…if anybody’s teaching (regardless of who they are) makes you feel this way, WATCH OUT. Yes…SALVATION DOES NOT DEPEND ON GOOD DEEDS BUT IT RESULTS IN GOOD DEEDS. To Peter, growing in faith must go beyond what we believe and become a dynamic part of all we do, resulting in good fruit and spiritual maturity.
If you truly belong to the Lord WORK HARD TO PROVE it…put up those walls of SELF-CONTROL…against temptations…anger…lust…Everybody knows that area they struggle with so let’s ask for the Holy Spirit’s help to give us the strength to overcome…we can do all things through Christ that strengthens us
God bless you
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