Self Control: The Power Within

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He who guards his mouth and his tongue, Guards his soul from troubles. – Proverbs 21:23

You can deliver yourself from the snares/lusts of this life by practicing self-control.  Self-control is the ability to control oneself, in particular one’s emotions and desires or the expression of them in one’s behavior, especially in difficult situations.

“How do I do that?”,  well I’m glad you asked. In 1 John 4:4 it says, “You, dear children, are from God and have over come them, because the one who lives in you is greater than the one who is in the world”.

The Holy Spirit, which lives in us, empowers us to resist any temptation/lust of the world if we yield to Him.

Apostle Paul writes to the church in Thessalonica on how they should live, “that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God;” (1 Thessalonians 4:4-5).

Paul, was telling them to live in a way that please God. One way to please God with our life is to practice self-control. Self-control is achieved when we deny ourselves those things which do not promote the goodness of God.

Self-control, is when you bite your tongue and say, “I WILL NOT RESPOND”, “I WILL NOT DO THAT”, “I WILL NOT MAKE A COMMENT”, “I WILL PASS ON THAT ONE”.

Let’s practice applying the brakes on our fleshly desires.

In Our Weakness, God Is Strong

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splinter2Have you ever stepped on a sharp object, pin, splinter or a twig in the grass sharpened by ants?

We can all imagine how painful these experiences could be.  Initially the injury is very painful, but after a while you get used to the pain, if the piercing object has not been fully removed. Did you know that we can get use to living with foreign object piercing in our bodies?  The object only becomes bothersome when it’s touched, so we avoid touching or trying to remove it.

This is the same way it feels when we have sin in our lives. The first time we commit sin it feels bad, it hurts. IF WE DON’T REPENT and get that sin out of our lives, it grows. The next time we don’t feel so remorseful. If a thorn is not removed it starts to infect the entire living cell around it and the whole body could become infected, eventually leading to physical death.

Apostle Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 12:7 (NIV), about the thorn in his flesh

Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.  Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.  But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Paul talks about pleading with the Lord to take it away the “thorn”, but the Lord did not take it away from him. Verse 9 says, “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness”.

The very thing that we think is our weakness, is the very thing the Lord wants to use to bless us. It is what God uses to set us a part and truly strengthen us through His power.  However, we must surrender our “thorns” to God first.

A “thorn in your flesh”, in your life, attitude, relationship, or in some other form, is meant to make you weak eventually, and ultimately destroy you.

A “thorn in the flesh” is said to be a messenger of Satan which is sent for evil, but God can and will by His power turn it to good, if we surrendered to Him.  When we surrender things to God, it shows our dependence on Him.  We are then saying that we need help and that we don’t have all the answers.  In our own strength we are unable to overcome issues such as pride, unforgiveness, bitterness, fear, jealousy, anger and the like.

The Lord is our victor! When we are weak, He is strong for us! Our weakness draws us near to God and our strength tends to drive us away from Him. This distance from God gives the enemy an opportunity to operate in our lives and use our weaknesses to harm us and others.

God will provide protection to His children according to John 17:15, My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one”.

Lay everything down today which prevents the fullness of God to be reflected in your life.

God bless