Man being mad at his fiance
Man being mad at his fiance

From August 14th to the 27th we will be covering the need for self-control, which is a paramount quality for every Christian.

Galatians 5:22-23 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is … self-control; against such things there is no law.

2 Peter 1:5-6 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply virtue, and in your virtue, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness,

Self-control is the ability to control your own behavior, especially in terms of reactions and impulses. It takes much effort to develop self-control in any number of situations in life. Self-control is the ability to exercise control over the fleshly desires the lie within you, your impulses, and your emotions. “Self-control describes the inner strength to control one’s desires and cravings. The believer, through the enabling power of the Holy Spirit, is not to be a prisoner to any sinful desire or craving.” (Walls and Anders 1996, 111)

Self-Control Is Very Important

When we look at the world that surrounds us, self-control is hardly anywhere to be found. Most live by the desires of the eyes, the desires of fallen flesh. (1 John 2:16) Yes, the world that surrounds the true Christ, live by a lack of self-control.

1 Corinthians 9:27 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

27 but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.

Can you imagine the decades of sweat, blood, and turmoil that Paul went through in his tens of thousands of miles of travels, as he set up one Christian congregation after another? Can you imagine the following life if Paul had not possessed self-control? Listen in as Paul responds to those in Corinth, who would deny his apostleship as being the truth.

2 Corinthians 11:23-27 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

23 Are they servants of Christ? I reply like a madman, I am more outstandingly one: I have done more work, been imprisoned more often, with countless beatings, and often near deaths. 24 Five times I received 40 strokes less one from the Jews, 25 three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I experienced shipwreck, a night and a day I have spent in the open sea; 26 in journeys often, in dangers from rivers, in dangers from robbers, in dangers from my own people, in dangers from the nations, in dangers in the city, in dangers in the wilderness, in dangers at sea, in dangers among false brothers, 27 in labor and toil, in sleepless nights often, in hunger and thirst, frequently without food, in cold and lacking clothing.[1]

THE BATTLE FOR THE CHRISTIAN MIND (1)God had given his human creation of Adam and Eve many gifts and faculties, such as mental power or ability such as reason or memory. However, he did not create humans with survival instinct like the animal creation. He gave humans relative free will, which was/is under the umbrella of his sovereignty. “God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (Gen 1:27) However, after the fall of man, who rebelled, and rejected God’s sovereignty, sin entered into the world, which is missing the mark of perfection. This is why we struggle so much with self-control. Many of the natural desires that we were given, are now accentuated toward bad, not good. Our natural desire in this imperfect world is toward bad, not good. As has been stated Genesis 6:5 and 8:21, imperfect man is mentally bent toward evil. There is a law of sin that resides in each of us. (Rom. 6:12; 7:22-23) However, even imperfect man has a measure of the conscience that God gave Adam and Eve, which is God’s moral code or law written on our hearts, our inner person. (Rom. 2:14-15) With the law of sin and God’s moral law residing in each of us, you can see why there are conflicts as to what is right and what is wrong.

Proverbs 25:28 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

28 As a city broken through, without a wall,
is the man that has no restraint over his spirit.

“According to the FBI’s national crime statistics, 1.2 million violent crimes were committed in the United States in 2011 – about the same as were committed in the US in 2010. These violent crimes include such crimes as murder, rape, and aggravated assault.”[2] “Between 15 and 76 percent of women are targeted for physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime, according to the available country data. Most of this violence takes place within intimate relationships, with many women (ranging from 9 to 70 percent) reporting their husbands or partners as the perpetrator.”[3] “Recent estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Infection show that there are 19.7 million new sexually transmitted infections every year in the U.S.”[4] “In 2011, there were 31.3 births for every 1,000 adolescent females, ages 15-19, or 329,772 babies born to females in this age group. Eighty-nine percent of these births occurred outside of marriage.”[5] “Eight out of 10 drivers surveyed in the AAA Foundation’s annual Traffic Safety Culture Index rank aggressive driving as a ‘serious’ or ‘extremely serious’ risk that jeopardizes their safety … Aggressive driving accounts for more than half of all traffic fatalities.”[6]

 

[1] Lit and in nakedness

[2] http://www.policymap.com/crime-statistics/index.html

[3] http://www.endvawnow.org/en/articles/299-fast-facts-statistics-on-violence-against-women-and-girls-.html

[4] http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/std-sti/std-statistics.html

[5] http://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/adolescent-health-topics/reproductive-health/teen-pregnancy/trends.html

[6] https://www.aaafoundation.org/aggressive-driving?button=AggressiveDriving&gclid=COH7ksrW67gCFcxAMgodWFwAXw