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Get Things Under Control

 

(2 Peter 1:5-7)  “For this very reason, you must make every effort to supplement your faith with moral character, your moral character with knowledge, your knowledge with self-control, your self-control with endurance, your endurance with godliness, your godliness with brotherly kindness, and your brotherly kindness with love.”

(Proverbs 25:28)  “He whose spirit is without restraint is like a city that is broken down and without walls.” 

(Proverbs 12:16)  “The anger of a fool becomes readily apparent, but the prudent person overlooks an insult.” 

 

 

The one thing that separates us from animals is self-control. Even animals have a sense of God the Creator and look onto Him to be fed. Regardless of our instinct to survive, eat, drink, kill, hate, or even lust, it is completely up to us to act upon it.  No one has ever forced you to lose control or to fall into sin.  This is a God-given gift as we are made in His image and likeness.  That means that we have the ability to actually understand what is good for us and what is not, and also to choose to ignore that ability.

We are quick to blame our anger and lack of self-control on someone else. Don’t be surprised when this happens, as it is exactly what Adam did when questioned by God about why he disobeyed God’s commandment.  He not only blamed Eve but indirectly blamed God as well as the one that made Eve in the first place. It’s a simple survival tactic when we are caught in sin to blame God for allowing us to sin.  We will blame the devil, our spouse, our boss, our children’s disobedience, our pastor’s lack of love and attention towards us…etc, but we will always avoid asking ourselves the hard questions that will confront our true fallen nature.

Have you ever heard someone excuse their actions by saying, “I was drunk, and didn’t know what I was doing?”  This is a total lie, as all alcohol does is take away all sense of shame and self-control.  When you get drunk or are under the influence of drugs, you actually are set loose to do the things that you have been desiring deep within your heart.  You actually start to behave more like an animal driven by desires of the flesh without fear of the consequences.

When you constantly live a lifestyle with no boundaries the enemy comes and goes as he wishes and makes you dance to his song.  Are you surprised you continue to circle the same mountain for years, or you stumble upon the same stone on a daily basis?  Then you need to sober up, mature in your walk with Christ, and stop chasing the wind.

When John Wesley’s students met each week, they would ask these four questions:

  • What sins have you committed since we last met?
  • What temptations have you faced?
  • How were you delivered?
  • What have you thought, said or done, of which you are uncertain whether it is sin or not?

 

 

 

The sooner you face this fact and take control and responsibility for your sins, the sooner you will be able to repent, ask Jesus for help and become victorious once again.

 

 

 

Prayers

  • God, You are the Spirit of might, Spirit of holiness, and Spirit of adoption.
  • Thank You for having made us in Your image and likeness.
  • Thank You that You have put Your Law in our hearts and we have the ability to discern good from evil.
  • Forgive us Lord, for making excuses and blaming others for our lack of control and the sins we commit on a daily basis.
  • Give us the strength to overcome them and to face the reality of what we have become.
  • Teach us how to supplement our faith with moral character, our moral character with knowledge, our knowledge with self-control, our self-control with endurance, our endurance with godliness, our godliness with brotherly kindness, and our brotherly kindness with love.
  • We declare that from this day forth we will start to build the spiritual walls of our life, family and church and no longer will the enemy be allowed to enter.
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  • We ask in Jesus’ Mighty name. Amen

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