TODAY'S WORD FOR Wednesday, March 13, 2019:
Restraint of oneself or one’s actions; the ability to regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behavior in the face of temptations and impulses.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Is there anything in your life that is out of control? Maybe it is finances, moral issues, relationships, attitude, habits, gossip or just laziness. If you have any of these issues, they do not fit who we are to be in Christ. His desire is that we live in full surrender to Him so that the Holy Spirit can produce in us the fruits of self-control.
Self-control is the last in the list of fruits of the Spirit, but it is extremely important for living a life pleasing to the Lord.
Many of us are in a tug of war with God for control of issues in our lives. If that is true with you then you will experience tension, stress and unhappiness because you are at odds with your Lord. Here is a list of desires and impulses that you might be letting rule your life, and if so, there will be no rest, peace and joy for you.
Acceptance by others; being loved by others; pleasure; wealth and security; achievement; notoriety or fame; happiness; personal attractiveness; control over others and things. Do you struggle with any of these desires?
Self-control requires that we think before we act. We are born with a sin-nature. That means we have an inclination to sin. To master our sin nature, we must have a strong desire and determination to obey God. If we do not, we will never overcome the inner battle with sin or have the ability to live a godly life. We must also believe in our hearts that the Holy Spirit who lives within us will provide for us the enablement so we can renounce sin and live in submission to our Lord.
A life spent walking in the Spirit and bearing His fruits -- outlined in the scripture above -- is not always easy, but it is God’s desired plan for us. The apostle Paul tells us in Galatians 6:7: “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked (you cannot mock the justice of God); for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.”
Our memory verse for this week is found in Proverbs 22:9.
He who has a generous eye will be blessed, for he gives of his bread to the poor.
It is my prayer today that You will bring to my attention each issue in my life that is out of control. Help me then to work on each issue as I read Your Word and meditate as to how it relates to me.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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