1 Corinthians 9:25-27 Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; but I discipline my body and make it my slave,
“I discipline my body and make it my slave”. Addictions are a big deal with many, if not most people. Alcohol, drugs of every kind, gambling, pornography, smoking, video games, television, and then there is the self control issues of anger, and over-eating, that many struggle with. “I discipline my body and make it my slave”. How do we do that? “Discipline my body and make it my slave”. That sounds wonderful. It would be nice if it were as easy as putting on tan pants instead of blue ones, but it obviously is not.
The best tool that I have used in my own battle to “discipline my body and make it my slave” is goal setting, and as I Have counseled people over the years as a pastor, no other tool has been as effective in helping people grow and gain victory over their flesh as goal setting has.
The challenge now is getting people to exercise the self-control to actually write out their goals and then to read them everyday. It doesn’t seem like it would take that much effort to make myself write a dozen goals and read them daily, but it seems like it does.
I have found that if a man will become part of a weekly accountability group where he gives a report to half dozen peers on his successes and failures in writing, reading and pursuing his goals, the whole process becomes 10X as effective. The same is true for ladies. It is not guaranteed, nothing really is, but the number of people who are successfully conquering the Giants in their life and growing in character increases dramatically.