Self-control vs. Self-indulgence_Keep the walls of protection up
“Instant obedience to the initial promptings of God's Spirit" (IBLP)
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” RSV
Maintaining self-control prevents the enemy from entering in the believer’s life and keeps the walls of protection up.
“A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.” RSV
As the summer weather approaches there comes a battle to practice self-control, as men and women begin to wear fewer clothes. Although this is a natural pattern, it also brings into the picture the temptation of the “roving eye”. We can each attest to the instant conviction in knowing when we’ve allowed our eyes to look upon something in an ungodly way. As this is not a glorifying practice in God’s eyes, men and women need to exercise self-control over both what they wear and what they choose to look at. (Proverbs 4:25)
There are three huge areas male and females must contend with so not to undermine their self-control. These three areas are in the following verse:
1 John 2:16
“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, is not of the Father but is of the world.” RSV
One area of help to us, in the character quality of self-control, is realizing that the problem is not our physical eyes, nor is it what is out in the world. But rather it is our thinking that directs our eyes.
To change what we see, look at, or view, we need to change our thinking.
Daily self-control requires a believer to die daily to his or her lustful desires.
Dying to selfish desires leads a person to spiritual growth.
1 Corinthians 15:31
“I (Paul) die every day!” RSV
If we desire to glorify our heavenly Father spiritual fruit is needed. When the seed dies the fruit can grow.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” RSV
“By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be my disciples.” RSV
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