Thursday, October 8, 2015

SELF-CONTROL

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Proverbs 25: 28

He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls. [KJV]

Chika and Ugo had a slight misunderstanding and Chika began to say so many things in anger. There were other people present and yet Chika angrily revealed certain things that Ugo had told her in confidence. Ugo was deeply shocked that her best friend could so publicly humiliate her because of a little misunderstanding. When Chika recovered from her anger, she regretted every word she had said, but unfortunately, an irreparable damage had already been inflicted on an awesome friendship.

Self-control and self-restraint do not begin when we are faced with pressing situations; they are perfected when we are not. One of the reasons you see children who never grow out of their temper problems is because as children, they were never trained to sometimes take ‘no’ for an answer. They always got what they wanted as children and grew up never able to say ‘no’ to themselves or handle ‘no’ from life. Therefore as adults, when things don’t go their way, they lose control.

The grace of God that we have received does not only empower us to live Godly lives, it teaches us how to go about it. It teaches and trains us to reject worldly desires and live self-controlled lives (see Titus 2:11-12). One thing we all need training for is self-control, and thankfully, the Holy Spirit provides this training. The problem is that many are not listening to be trained.

Go into today depending on the Holy Spirit to teach and train you. He will show you practical ways to say ‘no’ to all overpowering desires of the flesh. Only open your ears and listen for His teaching and training.

Ask the Lord to help you depend on the training of His Spirit. Confess all past failures in the aspect of self-control and ask for grace and training to conquer next time. Amen.  Not yet saved? Tap: http://bit.ly/1iTOmol

-Pas. SD Abraham

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