Self-Control

THE NEED FOR SELF-CONTROL

In earlier days a city was protected from attack by walls. Today we are still protected by walls. We are protected from the elements by the walls of the houses we live in. We enclose our yards with walls (or fences) to protect the area where our children play. In the days before modern weapons and machinery strong walls could protect a city. Without walls for protection we are exposed and vulnerable to the elements or to an enemy attack. So it is when you are someone who lacks self-control. You are exposed without protection and vulnerable to attack from the enemy.

Without self-control, we are like a city without walls: susceptible to anything. The stores we shop in count on us to be impulsive. They make a tremendous amount of money from those of us who lack self-control. Have you ever noticed how every cashier’s line in every store is lined with shelves filled with all kinds of items you can grab before you pay for the items you really came to the store for? They call them “impulse items”, and they count on people to buy them on impulse. We don’t need these things; they’re just there so we buy them.

The whole principle in sales is to make people believe that they need what you are selling. Isn’t that what commercials are made for? Commercials are made to try and make you feel like you just have to have this product to be really cool or happy. We live in a consumer society that is constantly trying to convince us of all the things that we need so badly and every one of us have fallen victim to this from time to time because we did not exercise self-control. You want something you don’t really need and you don’t have the money for but you just have to have it!

The word “rash” means thoughtlessly hasty. “Hasty” means rushed. To do something rashly or hastily means to rush, or do something without really thinking it through. It is the exact opposite way our Lord does things. He considers all He does and He always exercises self-control. He also provides for us so we can do the same. Unfortunately, many of us leave ourselves open to all sorts of destructive and even deadly influences and actions because we don’t think things through as our Lord does. Think about some of the things you have done because you really didn’t think about what the consequences would be. Terrible things happen when we act rashly; but praise be to God that we do not have to continue this way because He has provided for us!

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but of power, love and of SELF-DISCIPLINE” (2 Timothy 1:7). We are not helpless victims of a consumer driven society or because of our own impulses. We are children of God and He has given us the power, love and self-discipline we need to be self-controlled in all things! Don’t allow yourself or anyone else to convince you to make excuses for being impulsive. Submit to the Spirit of God within you and be made new! Experience the power, love and self-control that are yours by submitting to Him! Count the cost of your actions before you do anything. As our Lord does, and you will be wise!


MEMORY VERSE:   Proverbs 29:11 ___________________________________________________________________

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MONDAY: Read Proverbs 20:25. Rewrite this verse in your own words on the lines below.

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TUESDAY: Read Proverbs 21:5Write the verse on the lines below as it appears in your Bible. According to this verse, what are the results of planning and being diligent? What is the result of being hasty?

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WEDNESDAY: Read Proverbs 29:20. Write this verse in your own words on the lines below. Examine the way you speak in light of this passage, pray to the Lord to help you grow wise and to speak in a way that is pleasing to Him

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THURSDAY: Read Proverbs 16:15. Write this verse on the lines below. Examine how you behave when you are annoyed or angered by someone. Read James 1:19-20 and put it into practice. Memorize this passage and seek to live it!

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FRIDAY: Read 2 Timothy 1:7 and write it on the lines below. Consider this verse and this week’s memory verse. Think about all of the things that God has delivered you from by giving you His Spirit. Thank Him in prayer for these great gifts.

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J Family Devotional Ideas:

  • Read James 1:19-20 together as a family. Ask your children what the verse means and discuss how you can apply it to your lives.
  1. Read this week’s memory verse and ask your children what they think it means. Help them with any words they don’t understand. Draw a picture of a wall and write the words self-control across it. Talk about the purpose of a wall and how exercising self-control is for our own protection.

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