Self Control

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Pro 25:28 Whoever has no rule over his own spirit Is like a city broken down, without walls.

To be emotionally and spiritually healthy the scripture says we must exercise control over our spirit which means we exercise control over our mind and our heart. Self-control is a fruit of the Spirit,   inherent in the Christian's New Birth is the God given ability to control themselves. Self-control is God's way of enabling you to live a good life. 

Our Old Nature is the cause of living without self-control. However, in Christ, our Old Nature was crucified (put to death) and no longer has the power to rule over us, Romans 6:1-6. Also, our union with the resurrected Christ gives us a New Nature which is the source and power of our New Life. The Scripture says that being joined to Christ in His death and resurrection makes us dead to sin and alive to God. Read Romans 6:6-12. Because our Old Man is dead, every born-again Christian, without exception, is given power to control their thoughts, their emotions, and their behavior. We have not been given a Spirit of fear but power, love and a sound mind. We may not have learned how to live in the power God has given, but it is resident within us, and our new life is learning how to be the person God has called us to be.

We walk by faith, not by sight, and the ability to control ourselves is lived out in the arena of spiritual struggle. The Scriptures tell us we have a Spiritual Enemy who opposes Christ, His Word, His plans, and His People. This Dark Enemy is a close relative of our Old Nature and attempts to gain access into our New Life through the Old. Even though our Old Nature went to the Cross with Jesus, Satan, through lies, attempts to resurrect the Old Nature and bring us back into an our old and undisciplined way of thinking and living. The devil is the Father of Lies, and if we listen to him, he will bring us back into a life of hopelessness and despair. We cannot listen to lies and be the person God has called us to be. The Word of God is the Sword of the Spirit, and if we will live and walk in the power of His Word, then we will have the inner strength to be who we are called to be and live the lives we are called to live.   

How to control yourself:

God bless you,

Jim

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