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October 10, 2013

October 10, 2013

"Healing Choices: Self-Control is Christ-Control"

“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A chord of three strands is not easily broken.”Ecclesiastes 4: 12 NIV

There is nothing you can do as well without Jesus as you can do with Him. If you have a struggle why not let Jesus be on your side to help you conquer it?

I’ve had people tell me that before they come to church and worship Jesus they need to clean up their acts. Would you say the same thing to a doctor if you were sick? Go to God first, get His help in all your battles; then you’ll truly be healthy.

The secret of self-control is Christ-control. When you face things that are too strong for you to resist remember that He is with you. You can turn every temptation over to Him. When you do that, Christ becomes the power in your life to change it.

As we said yesterday avoiding temptation is important. Don’t put yourself in situations where you will struggle with items, especially if they’re an addiction. Putting yourself in the way of temptation is foolhardy.

To help you accomplish that find someone to whom you may be accountable. Ask them; give them permission to check in on you, ask them to pray for you. Let them encourage you in the areas where you want to develop more self-control.

If you’re serious about self-control, find another believer whom you trust and tell them you have a problem. Let them know that you’ve confessed it to God and asked His forgiveness; now you want to ask them to help you.

All self-help groups use this concept. It really comes from God. You might even call it the “buddy” system. I believe God intends for every church to be filled with “buddy” relationships where people are accountable to each other; where they help and encourage each other in the Lord.

Having someone hold you accountable is tough, but it works. It turns out to be a blessing to both of you.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don