• Doc Pardon

The Fruit of the Spirit - Self-control

This fruit has been one of the hardest for me to learn. Notice, I said to learn. All the fruit of the Spirit, for me, has been tough; but self-control was the hardest for me. Self-control, or temperance, is moderation or self-restraint in action or statement, and is the habitual moderation in the indulgence of a natural appetite or passion. A lot of people have a problem with self-control when it comes to drinking. Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 2:3 'I searched in my heart how to gratify my flesh with wine, while guiding my heart with wisdom, and how to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was good for the sons of men to do under heaven all the days of their lives.' He pretty much laid it out there that he took pleasure while trying to use wisdom in his heart and how to lay hold on folly, all at the same time. He learned that you cannot do both. He said this in Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, where he said 'Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man's all. For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.' The Lord will direct every aspect of our lives if we will just trust Him. He has plans for each and every one of us, but we must be willing to give Him complete control, which means making Him Lord of your life. The Holy Spirit will help you in this, and you can live a life of joy, knowing that your life is in the very hands of the living God, and that nothing takes Him by surprise. There is nothing that you have done or are doing that cannot be taken care of by the precious blood of Jesus Christ. We, mankind, cannot do it alone. It's why we needed a savior. Mankind messed this up from the word go. It took the blood of the spotless Lamb, Jesus Christ, to redeem us back to the Father, and there is no self-control without the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit. Philippians 4:13 says 'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.' I can guarantee you that the fruit of the Spirit will be evident in your life, but you must submit to the Lord Jesus Christ. You do and you will never be the same.

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