Thursday: Self-Control

Read the following texts. What are they saying that can and should help us understand how people, rich or poor, can protect themselves from the dangers that greed, covetousness, and the love of money and material things can present to the Christian?

Acts 24:24-26

Gal. 5:22-25

2 Pet. 1:5-9

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These texts are so rich and filled with a lot of divine injunction regarding how we should live. But notice one common thread: self-control. This trait can be particularly difficult when it comes to greed, covetousness, and the desire to own things. Only through self-control, first of our thoughts and then our actions, can we be protected from the dangers of the things we have been talking about.

We can exercise that control only to the degree we give ourselves over to the power of the Lord. None of us, on our own, can defeat these sinful traits, especially if they have long been cultivated and cherished. We truly need the supernatural working of the Holy Spirit in our lives if we are to get victory over these powerful deceptions. “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Cor. 10:13, NKJV).

Read again 2 Peter 1:5-9. What is the path that Peter points to? What are its steps, and how can we learn to follow them, especially in our struggle against greed and covetousness?


5 comment(s) for this post:

  1. alice arabola:

    10 Jan 2018
    To acquire self control, we have to surrender all to Him. Its hard but with Him there is nothing impossible.
  2. Elly Amunoz:

    10 Jan 2018
    If we believe in full surrender that we can do all things through Jesus Christ,
    then all things are possible and we can overcome and control our worldly desire.
  3. Tichaona [Full Name Please]:

    11 Jan 2018
    Self-Control? No!
    Christ-Control! When we try to master self by self, we are doomed to fail. Let Christ control us and we are victors in this war!
  4. William Earnhardt:

    11 Jan 2018

    I understand what you are saying, but self-control is a fruit of the Spirit.

    But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
    Galatians 5:22‭-‬23 NKJV

  5. Maurice Ashton:

    11 Jan 2018
    Christ-control rather than self-control resonates well in a Christian environment, but the issue at stake is that we need to know how to put that into practice. I hear a lot of "Jesus talk"; We need to let Jesus take control; we need to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit; we need to pray for God's guidance, and so on. At the end of the day though we need to go out into the world and live the meaning of those words.

    You earn $1000. What do you spend it on? How much do you save? Who do you make donations to? Jesus does not slap your hand every time you open your wallet to take out some money to spend, give or save. So how does the Holy Spirit or Jesus speak to us and give us this Christ-centred control?

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