Self Control, yes please

Posted: July 25, 2019 in Bible, Christ-like, Christianity, Church, God, heaven, Jesus, Thoughts on God


1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

I struggle with anger and patience issues. It’s not uncommon, but admitting it is. So while I was trying to write about the topic of self-control this morning, someone was trying to lure me into an argument. My first instinct was to jump in and let them have it with both barrels, then I looked at today’s verse and realized this was a perfect opportunity to practice what I preach. It was an opportunity to take the higher moral road and resist the temptation of being lured into a foolish argument. It was an opportunity to practice self-control.

When I’m at the pizza buffet and I’ve already had more than enough to eat, and I know there’s a good chance another slice will make me miserable for the next 3-4 hours and I eat it anyway …. I lack self control.

When I decide to stay up late and  surf the internet, knowing full well that I have to be up early the next morning and I’ll be so tired I’ll feel sick all day …. I lack self control.

When I procrastinate doing my taxes, leaving myself in a last minute panic to get it done …. I lack self control.

When I spend, spend, spend and never save … I lack self control.

When I watch 5 hours of TV a day, but spend only a few minutes in Bible study and prayer …. I lack self control.

When I choose the pleasures of sin, enjoying them for a short time … forfeiting the long term and eternal blessings of living in obedience to Christ, I lack self control.

Self control is the ability to choose wise actions. If we are going to put our hope in heaven, we will need to make wise choices…

What do you struggle with when it comes to self-control? We all face our own Demons, and Satan knows how to use them against us. He knows how to put temptation right under our noses so he can get our minds of of being holy. The struggle is real, but so is the chance to call upon God to give you the strength to resist it. It’s not easy, I say this from personal experience. Flee from the Devil, and run to God. Practice makes perfect.


Have an amazing day

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