“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” -1 Corinthians 10:31
The idea of self-control seems rather foreign in today’s society. We want what we want, how we want it, and when we want it – which is usually, now! The image that comes to mind is that of a smorgasbord: hot food, ready and waiting, and there’s no limit to how much one can take. Well, except for the limit of your stomach capacity. But just because everything is available, doesn’t mean everything should be taken. Some foods should be avoided, others eaten in moderation. Remember that how you feed your body affects your mind – and the same goes for your character! The way you feed certain passions or desires, material or social wants, affects and molds the character. The question becomes, how are you being affected and to what end?
The profundity of the verse from Corinthians quoted above is that is presents two choices for us – our actions and decisions will either bring glory to God or they won’t. In short, everything is spiritual. Everything is spiritual because we are spiritual beings, made in the image of God who “is spirit” (John 4:24). Therefore, we have the grand responsibility of honoring God through our thoughts and actions. We must choose to take care of the body we have been gifted, for it was designed as a temple for the Holy Spirit to dwell in us (1 Corinthians 6:19, 20) meaning that we have to feed it right, exercise, and give it the air and sunshine it needs to stay healthy.
When we display self-control, we tell God that we trust in Him for all our needs and desires. I don’t need to eat all the food at the smorgasbord in one sitting because I know that my Lord will provide for my every need as He does for the sparrows, and we are much more valuable then they (Matthew 10:31).
So if there is something today that is taking up large portions of your life and you don’t seem to have any control (eating, drinking, sex, addictions to drugs or social media, bad tempers, etc.), ask the Lord to empower you with the desire and will to develop the fruit of self-control. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, you can overcome and regain an abundant life in Christ.
Ask the Holy Spirit today to bear in you the fruit of self-control.
Praise God that He give you strength to have self-control. Praise God for the ways He has given you strength to have self-control in specific situations.
Praise God that His strength is made perfect in your weakness.
Praise God that He is the one who give you willingness and helps you to have self-control.
Ask God to make you willing to have self-control.
Ask God to help you hate the things of the world and to give you love for Him and Him only. Tell Him about those things that you need to learn to hate.
Ask God to remind you every time you are tempted that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.
Ask God to help you do everything for His glory.
Ask God to help you live a life hidden in Him.
Pray for the united evangelistic and witnessing activities of every Christian man, woman, and child around the world. Pray that we are empowered by the Holy Spirit as we submit to His leading in our lives.
Pray that God will bring to the forefront godly, teachable, and humble leaders for the future who will provide Christ-centered leadership as His church fulfills its heaven-born mandate to the world.
Pray that Christ will bring peace and love into Christian families and homes. Pray that His presence will drive away abuse and stress through the sanctifying power of His righteousness.
Pray for any personal needs or anything on your heart.
Praise God that nothing is impossible with Him and that He has heard and answered your prayers.
May you be blessed!