Today’s post comes from Chris Pipes, Connect Groups Minister at C3.
“Control Thy Self”
Today’s Reading: Proverbs 25
Today’s Key Scripture: Proverbs 25:28 “A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls.”
Self-control is not really a popular subject these days. Most people don’t want to discuss it. They would rather do whatever feels good or seems right to them. Developing self-control is an area that all of us need to deal with it in one way or another.
The ability to control my own choices is a God-given gift and yet it’s one that I misuse sometimes. Sadly, rather than controlling myself, I choose to try to control other things and end up losing control of myself.
God’s original plan was to control the world and we control ourselves. It was a great idea until sin entered the world and we decided we didn’t like that plan. Even though God has unlimited resources and power, we thought we could control it instead. And when we focus on controlling others and the world around us, we lose focus on controlling ourselves.
I love this word picture from this verse because it gives me a mental picture of an unprotected treasure. So when an enemy tries to attack, there is no defense. As I apply it to my life, I can see where the enemy sneaks in through my lack of self control, especially through my excuses. The more I focus on what I can’t control, the less I’m able to manage what I can.
Thank God that He has a plan to help me with this issue. He sent the Holy Spirit to live in me and give me the tools to control myself. I can acknowledge my need for God’s help, but can also acknowledge my own responsibility, too.
Prayer Focus: Thank you Lord for the gift of free-will and self control. Forgive me when I misuse those gifts. Help me to seek Your Spirit for more self-control in my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.