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Daily God Walk for Wednesday, June 10, 2009

 

  Self-Control Is A Way Of Life

 

If you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.                                       – Romans 8:13

 

Have you ever wondered why Adam and Eve ever listened to the serpent in the garden? They had everything they could possible want including a daily visit with God, so why did they listen to the seductive talk of the tempter?

We may never know the whole answer, but some believe that it had to do with the concept of free moral agency. Because God created man as an expression of love he wanted man to have the choice of whether to follow him or to choose his own way. The reason he had to instruct Adam and Eve to not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was because he had created them with the ability to make choices of their own free will. They chose to eat the fruit.

Of course, there are consequences to our choices. Adam and Eve found that out shortly after their sin when God put them out of the garden. Since that time mankind has struggled with this issue of free will.

We are given the freedom to choose our own way, but because we are ruled by our sinful nature, we tend to consistently make choices that lead us away from God and life. That’s why Paul wrote in this passage that we are to put to death the misdeeds of the body so that we will live. That takes self-control.

Most of us struggle with self-control on a regular basis. Some call it self-discipline. We’ll say things like, “I wish I had the discipline to do that.” Or we might say, “I just don’t have the discipline to complete a project like that.” We are really talking about the ability to control the impulse to gratify our flesh and to be committed to something that is greater than ourselves.

If we don’t control the impulse to gratify our fleshly desires we will not be able to full appreciate the life that God is offering. Paul reminds us that it is the Spirit working in us that gives us the ability to be self-controlled.

 

Principle: It is the Spirit living in us that gives us the ability to be self-controlled.

 

Affirmation: I am committed to walk out my faith in the power of the Spirit.

 

Prayer: Lord, I recognize the consequences of following my fleshly desires. Give me a heart to allow the Holy Spirit to live through me. In Jesus name, amen.

 

Bible Reading: Psalm 59   – 1 Kings 7 – John 5 – Proverbs 10

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