Self Control 2

The opposite of self-control is expressed by the Apostle Paul in Romans 7:18-19, ” For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want.” Sometimes that seems like my life verses, not because that is what I want or aspire to, but because it describes my behavior so well. And then Paul makes this statement about himself in 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, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.” I have made these verses, key life verses that I quote every morning in my prayer of commitment. “I discipline my body and make it my slave”! It is amazing how a few minutes first thing in the morning of meditating on those 3 Bible verses, and asking God to help me live them makes such a huge difference in my life, so that Romans 7:18-19 is rarely a description of my day any more. Self-control is not, “by myself control”, it is “control of my flesh by means of the strength that God supplies”, it is “control of my flesh by means of the encouragement others give to me”, it is “control of my flesh by means of the prayers of others who care for me”, and it is certainly ” the control that I exercise over the pull and temptation of the devil, the world around me, and my flesh by the accountability relationships that I have with other men who are good friends.

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