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October 4, 2013

October 4, 2013

"Healing Choices: Developing Self-Control"

“Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control.”Proverbs 25: 28 NIV

We need to be careful. There is a difference between being controlling and being self-controlled. Controlling is when you take God’s place in your life. Self-control is exercising one of the gifts of God over your life.

The neat thing about self-control is it brings with it a feeling of competency. You feel secure like you’re driving your car and everything is going just the way you want it to go.

Self-control and self-discipline are also key factors in your success as you work through your hurts, habits and hang-ups. Without them you’re less likely to consistently make the kind of choices that will help you heal.

No higher level athlete can get to a level unless he or she practices self-control and self-discipline. Nor can a Christian grow in the way that God wants them to grow without those gifts.

So how do you gain the true self-control that God wants you to have?
Admit your problem. You have to be responsible for your behavior.Ask God to help you. Be very specific about what your need is and begin praying for His help.Put your past behind you. If you focus on the past you are very likely to repeat it. Focus on the future with God's help and you’re likely to change it. Many think because they have failed in the past they are bound to fail in the future. That simply is not true. Ask God to help you put your past behind you and you can have a new future.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don