The Holy Spirit is the source of and the means by which we activate self-control. Temperance – self control, is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. (Galatians 5:22)
God commands us to walk in the Spirit. (Colossians 2:6-7)
A man who lacks self-control is like a city that is broken down and in ruins. He has no foundation; no stability; no footing and is not grounded. He is without walls – Anything can go in and come out. There are no protective shields that shield him from deceptive schemes and false doctrines that use the name of Jesus to lure you into their net of everlasting entrapment.
There is no protection from greed that perpetuates itself in the guise of “having enough, but always wanting more:
There is no protection from the lust of the eyes, the flesh, and the pride of life.
Allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you and you will always bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit – love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence).
“But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22)
“As you have therefore received Christ, [even] Jesus the Lord, [so] walk (regulate your lives and conduct yourselves) in union with and conformity to Him. Have the roots [of your being] firmly and deeply planted [in Him, fixed and founded in Him], being continually built up in Him, becoming increasingly more confirmed and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and abounding and overflowing in it with thanksgiving.” (Colossians 2:6-
“For all that is in the world–the lust of the flesh [craving for sensual gratification] and the lust of the eyes [greedy longings of the mind] and the pride of life [assurance in one’s own resources or in the stability of earthly things]–these do not come from the Father but are from the world [itself]. And the world passes away and disappears, and with it the forbidden cravings (the passionate desires, the lust) of it; but he who does the will of God and carries out His purposes in his life abides (remains) forever.” (I John 2:16-17)
“Not that I am implying that I was in any personal want, for I have learned how to be [a] content (satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted) in whatever state I am.” (Philippians 4:11)
“He who has no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down and without walls.” (Proverbs 25:28)
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Karmen A. Booker is a Christian Author, and has published several books, that include:
“Seeking the Face of God” – This is a dynamic collection of Christian poetry that is sure to encourage you to reach greater spiritual heights.
“Life Enrichment Kit” – A Discipleship Manual that can be used by Pastors, Ministers, and Small Bible Study Groups. Focuses on 8 Major Themes that are critical in Discipling Others to live a Holy Life before God (Jesus Christ): * Salvation / Baptism * Stewardship * Fellowship / Witnessing * Spiritual Growth * Heart of a Servant * Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts * God Wants You to Prosper * Prayers – Spiritual Warfare – Healing Prayer – Prayers for Children
“The A B C’s of Ministry” – This book is designed to help, motivate, and strengthen you, who are called into the ministry, to strive for integrity and excellence, unto the Glory of God, in fulfilling your call to the ministry.
NOTE: These books can be purchased through my Blog – www.WomenDestinedforGreatness.wordpress.com/ministry-resources