Self-Control Is A Mark of the Spirit Controlled Life (Week 9)

Greetings all!  Do you know you are deeply loved by God?  Romans 8 paints a picture of the spirit controlled life and it begins with these words, “Therefore, no condemnation now exists for those in Christ Jesus.”  If you struggle with self-control don’t condemn yourself and be stuck and unable to move forward.  Exercise heart-felt repentance and start again; it really is that easy.  Staying where you are with a shrug of your shoulders and a thought of “that’s just the way it is” is not the momentum that will bring change to your life.  If you have accepted Jesus as Lord of your life you have His Spirit in you.  One of the influences of His Spirit is self-control.  Yield to His Spirit by allowing the thoughts of His Spirit to take the priority over your thoughts and observe how your self-control becomes adjusted.  We must completely trust the Spirit of God more than we trust our own feelings, intellect, and experiences.

Consider self-control defined as being one who is physically and emotionally self-mastered, particularly in situations of intense provocation or temptation.  Let’s take a look at some Scriptures exposing the truth of self-control.

Self-control is the mark of a wise person

A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man holds it in check.  Proverbs 29:11

Self-control is an aspect of the Christian character

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control.  Galatians 5:22-23

For the grace of God has appeared with salvation for all people, instructing us to deny godlessness and worldly lusts and to live in a sensible, righteous, and godly way in the present age.  Titus 2:11-12

Be hospitable, loving what is good, sensible, righteous, holy, self-controlled.  Titus 1:8

Older men are to be level-headed, worthy of respect, sensible, and sound in faith, love, and endurance.  Titus 2:2 (This verse speaks to older men but there is no reason women should not have the same behavior.)

Women should be self-controlled, pure, homemakers, kind, and submissive to their husbands, so that God’s message will not be slandered.  In the same way, encourage the young men to be self-controlled in everything. Make yourself an example of good works with integrity and dignity in your teaching. Your message is to be sound beyond reproach, so that the opponent will be ashamed, having nothing bad to say about us.  Titus 2:5-8

For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with goodness, goodness with knowledge, knowledge with self-control, self-control with endurance, endurance with godliness, godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.  2 Peter 1:5-7

Self-control affects the whole person

a.  Physical self-control

Therefore I do not run like one who runs aimlessly or box like one beating the air. Instead, I discipline my body and bring it under strict control, so that after preaching to others, I myself will not be disqualified.  1 Corinthians 9:26-27

For this is God’s will, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality so that each of you knows how to control his own body in sanctification and honor, not with lustful desires, like the Gentiles who don’t know God.  1 Thessalonians 4:3-5

b.  A mental discipline

Therefore, with your minds ready for action, be serious and set your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.  1 Peter 1:13

So then, we must not sleep, like the rest, but we must stay awake and be serious.  But since we belong to the day, we must be serious and put the armor of faith and love on our chests, and put on a helmet of the hope of salvation.  1 Thessalonians 5:6,8

Now the end of all things is near; therefore, be serious and disciplined for prayer.  1 Peter 4:7

Be serious! Be alert! Your adversary the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour.  1 Peter 5:8

c.  Controlled in speech

Lord, set up a guard for my mouth; keep watch at the door of my lips.  Psalm 141:3

My dearly loved brothers, understand this: Everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger.  James 1:19

You have tested my heart; You have examined me at night. You have tried me and found nothing evil; I have determined that my mouth will not sin.  Psalm 17:3

A wise heart instructs its mouth and increases learning with its speech.  Proverbs 16:23

The one who guards his mouth and tongue keeps himself out of trouble.  Proverbs 21:23

Do not be hasty to speak, and do not be impulsive to make a speech before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.  Ecc 5:2

For we all stumble in many ways.  If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a mature man who is also able to control his whole body.  James 3:2

Dangers of a loss of self-control

A fool’s mouth is his devastation, and his lips are a trap for his life.  Proverbs 18:7

They angered the Lord at the waters of Meribah, and Moses suffered because of them; for they embittered his spirit, and he spoke rashly with his lips.  Psalm 106:32-33

Therefore God delivered them over in the cravings of their hearts to sexual impurity, so that their bodies were degraded among themselves. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshiped and served something created instead of the Creator, who is praised forever.  Amen.  Romans 1:24-25

But these people, like irrational animals — creatures of instinct born to be caught and destroyed — speak blasphemies about things they don’t understand, and in their destruction, they too will be destroyed, suffering harm as the payment for unrighteousness.  2 Peter 2:12-13

For by uttering boastful, empty words, they seduce, with fleshly desires and debauchery, people who have barely escaped from those who live in error. They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption since people are enslaved to whatever defeats them.  2 Peter 18-19

For some men, who were designated for this judgment long ago, have come in by stealth; they are ungodly, turning the grace of our God into promiscuity and denying Jesus Christ, our only Master and Lord.  Jude 1:4

Prayer:  Thank you Lord for your revealed truth.  Help me to yield to Your Spirit and the self-controlled life.  I thank you for the instruction and guidance you have provided to help me.  My desire is your sanctification.  I ask and receive in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

In His grace,


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