September 19, 2015
People do not drift toward holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated.
Self-control is about paying attention to you attitudes and actions, how the line up against God’s Word and doing something about changing the bad ones: I watch my step, avoiding the ditches and ruts of evil so I can spend all my time keeping your Word. Psalm 119:101
Self-control is about paying attention to what you say or are about to say and making sure it’s true and helpful: The more talk, the less truth; the wise measure their words. Proverbs 10:19
Self-control is about making sure you plan what you do and where you go and prepare for any problems that may arise: A person without self-control is like a house with its doors and windows knocked out. Proverbs 25:28
Self-control is about taking inventory on you character, looking at where you are failing or can do better and making life growth corrections: Don’t lose a minute in building on what you’ve been given, complementing your basic faith with good character, spiritual understanding, alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, 2 Peter 1:5-6
2 Timothy 2:15: Concentrate on doing your best for God, work you won’t be ashamed of, laying out the truth plain and simple.
Work at getting along with each other and with God. Otherwise you’ll never get so much as a glimpse of God. Hebrews 12:14
1 Peter 3:11: Snub evil and cultivate good; run after peace for all you’re worth.