Control Yourself

 

December 7

 

Read Titus 2:11-12

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age...

 

Reflect

What areas in your life do you struggle to exercise self-control?

 

Can you control yourself? Well, if you are like me, some areas are easier for me to control myself in than others. Nothing is more frustrating than to slip up in an area of my life when I know I should do better. It's easy to feel defeated.

 

But the truth is that sin can no longer defeat us. In Titus 2, Paul said that God's grace appeared and offered salvation to everyone. If you have accepted God's grace, His Holy Spirit is at work in your life. You are a new creation. This new creation is dead to sin and alive in Christ. You are no longer a slave to sin! It is finished.

 

So why do we still struggle with sin sometimes? Why can't we overcome our struggles by force of will? Why is self-control so hard sometimes? Because sanctification is a process. Sanctification means growing in the likeness of Christ or becoming more like Him.

 

Paul used language that implies that sanctification is not instantaneous. He said that God's grace is "training us." Think about athletes. They have to work hard, keep trying, and push past failures. They have to succeed a little bit at a time. Each success builds on another. They have God-given athletic ability, but they still need to tone the muscle. And no matter how good they get, there is always room for improvement.

 

Learning to control yourself is a process. But if you are a believer, you have the power you need to grow in this area! The Holy Spirit is at work in you, teaching you how to say "NO!" to ungodliness and worldly passions and "YES!" to godly living. Just like athletes have to put in the work to improve, believers have to cooperate with the Holy Spirit.

 

Friends, it's not always easy, but in Christ, we are capable of controlling ourselves. We have the best coach in the business!

 

Pray

Father, I want to live an "upright, godly life." I want to be able to exercise self-control in every area of my life. Help me to continue to grow to be more like You. Amen.

 

 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

 

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Lord , You know I could use some self control. Please help me to rely on Your presence in me whenever I am tempted to have my own way.
We are glad that we get to walk with you on your journey!
I'm so thankful for that message, it really hit home. Thank you for the encouragement to keep pushing forward toward our Lord and Savior.
Trying to correct myself to become a better person has not worked and so I turn to You, Lord, to help me become an honest and upright man.
Amen
I am just encouraged, thankful and grateful to being connected to the Lord Jesus Christ who supplies all my needs according to His riches in Glory in Christ Jesus. I am thankful to being connected even to this mechanism put in place to help me in my walk as I journey back to my Father God in the bosom of Jesus. Thank you for your sacrifice and labour of love.
We all do need this today and every day thorough out our lives.
DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER;THE SON;THE HOLY SPIRIT; SERIOUSLY I NEED YOUR HELP ON THIS ONE*THANKYOUJESUS*
DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER;JESUS & HOLY SPIRIT; SERIOUSLY I NEED YOUR HELP*THANKYOUJESUS*
DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER:JESUS & HOLY SPIRIT HEP ME WITH THIS I NEED YOUR HELP :AND ALL MY FAMILY;TOO*THANKYOUJESUS*
thank you Jesus for this uplifting message. amen.
This devotional today is so very great for the soul to hear and remind us that it is a daily process! Thanks for this devotional!
Amen ! Thank you Father God for the Holy Spirit! W/O it it would be impossible to resist the temptations of the flesh ! Amen ✝️🙏
Men!
Love this verse- Phil 1:6 "He that begun a good work in me will continue to do it unto the day of redemption." Salvation is a one shot deal...sanctification is a lifetime! Thanks Pastor Nat for this study! Blessings, J
Amen!
Amen
Father, I know I have an issue with self control. I quickly react and not go calm down and come back in the right frame of mind. Father give me Your Holy Spirit to do better so I can live and go about my life's situations as You would have me to, to live a Godly life. Father I thank You and pray this prayer in Your Son Jesus name, Amen
Self-control! Thank you for this article. Having Self-control was a challenging for me, but through prayer and being intentional about overcoming and being processed through this unhealthy behavior. Today, I am in an healthier place. All because of our Father and Him showing me - Me.
Amen
Amen. Thank you, Father God.
We are blessed to have received the Holy Spirit when we put our trust in Jesus. Cooperating with the Holy Spirit is what seems most difficult. It seems that when we cooperate we take over and predictable fall. The only way it seems is to die daily by taking up our cross and following Jesus. So cooperate means dying to selfishness and living for righteousness, which only comes through the Holy Spirit. Help me Jesus to die today. Amen
Pray for Matthew Wasington's healing and Michael's to go back to Pomona College.
Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God.
I know I struggle with things in my life but God has given me the Holy spirit to lead teach and guide me through it all I tr8God with all my heart and I know these temptations that surround me will not last im6a working process I will continue to grow in grace of God I ask for your prayers
One of the best definitions I've read on self control is. "Saying no when you want to say yes. Saying "enough" when you want to say "more." Saying I "won't" when you'd rather say I "will." It is thinking before you act, and it is controlling your appetites, your tongue, your temper, your thoughts, and your eyes." Taking from Dr. David Jeremiah's Book Everything You Need. A must read for every Christian.
Just what I needed!
This word was sent specifically for me. Thank you God for this word today.
That was a great message thank you Jesus for loving me.
Thanks Pastor Nat. Timely message.
Thanks. Amen
I receive it in Jesus's name. Amen.
Help Me God
Amen