Thursday, June 23, 2016
Fruit of the Spirit - Self-control
Milky Way. Chocolate. Fun.
I have a hard enough time resisting chocolate on any given day, but when you put "fun" on the label it is almost impossible. Chocolate fun! Yea. Someone might ask me why I bought those little rectangles of "fun" and I would tell them that I heard them calling to me across the vast expanse of a Walmart Super Store! Calling. Really. I couldn't resist. I have very little self-control when it comes to chocolate.
I am on a diet. Geez, aren't most women? I need to lose about 20 more pounds. I've lost nine since the beginning of the year. It is coming off slowly, but it is coming off. II Peter 1:5-7 tells us that in the building blocks of Christian character, perseverance is added to self-control. Ahhh. I find I have much more self-control when I pray and ask for help. I pray, sometimes, before I go into the store and if I have faith, He will answer me.
You can substitute any other habit for the word chocolate; cigs, soda, alcohol, etc. If you ask you will receive help. Matthew 7:7 "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you."
Ask. Receive. Persevere.
Did I ask?
You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.
Like a city whose walls are broken through
is a person who lacks self-control.
Gratitude (prompts from aholyexperience.com)
3 Gifts found around a table
3. Strangers who become friends
In all my prayers for all of you,
I always pray with joy.