The Secret Of Self-Control
Love you all, praying for you,
I just love God’s Word. It tells you things you would never figure out on your own. Have you ever pondered the oxymoron of self-control? It’s almost humorous - you cannot control yourself. That’s what led you to the realization that you need self-control, because you can’t. What self-control really is – is not trying harder, only to fail again. Self control is the realization that you cannot control yourself, you need to surrender control of yourself to His control. It’s an exchange of the one who controls self. It’s new ownership. The only way to self-control, is self-surrender. If you let yourself – remain in control – that’s why you have no self-control, or you have it for a little while, but not when you need it the most. The secret to self-control, is to give your self to the Holy Spirit’s control. When He controls you, instead of yourself controlling you – that’s when your life just becomes one victory after another. You cannot work on your self-control, by hoping you’ll do better in the heat of the moment next time. That never works, or only works in low-stakes situations, not when self-control is crucial. It’s too late then, you can’t control yourself – or you wouldn’t be trying to work on it. But… if the Holy Spirit is in control, you walk where He leads, you think differently, and you act differently, so you react differently. God’s Word gives us the keys to walk in the Spirit, and it tells us the benefit. You won’t fulfill the lusts of the flesh – you won’t do those things you shouldn’t do, but just can’t stop yourself from doing. The first step to walking in the Spirit, is to receive God’s Gift of Salvation, if you don’t belong to God, if you haven’t been born into His family, then you cannot walk in His Spirit, you don’t even have Him, much less His Spirit. The second step to learning to walk in the Spirit, you have to receive the Holy Spirit - by faith. The first thing Jesus told His followers to do. Wait in Jerusalem, until the Holy Spirit has come upon you. And you will receive Power to be my witnesses. That word means martyrs – ones who lay their life down – who no longer control themselves but have given up control to the Holy Spirit – who leads them in God’s best for them). The third secret to walking in the Spirit – is to pray in the Spirit. The only 100% guaranteed, foolproof way to completely and only pray the exact will of your Father in Heaven for you - is to pray in the Spirit. Your mind will not understand, but your spirit will fully. The language of your spirit is totally different from the language of your mind, it’s like heaven compared to earth. Your prayer in the Spirit is not in English, it’s a heavenly language – the primary language through which your spirit communes and communicates with God. If you Are Saved, and Filled with the Holy Spirit, you can pray in the Spirit, and you will walk in the Spirit. The 4th secret to walk in the Spirit – is start. Get His plans – and give up yours. PiVAT before dinner, if you ask Him, not just fill it out yourself. The Holy Spirit will tell you exactly what God has planned for you today. And if you do it (and He even gives you the grace to choose it…) that’s how you become good at walking in the Spirit - the things that God has for you, instead of the things that you have for you (Or that you think is you). And the fifth secret to walking in the Spirit is to soak in His Word. The Holy Spirit will lead you in all truth, and God’s Word is truth. So if you are continually in His Word – the Holy Spirit has something to work with – so He can reveal truth to you. So you can walk in it! That’s how you are led by the Spirit – that’s where success comes from. It’s what protects you from deception. And finally, don’t forget the power of two by two, and the power of your testimony – it’s how you overcome so you secure the victory that the Holy Spirit leads you in. Praying that if you are not saved, you will receive what He died for you for, then, that you will be filled with His Holy Spirit, that you will pray in the Spirit, that you will ask Him Daily for His plans for you, and walk in them, and that you will remain in His Word, so you walk in the Spirit. So you give up your control (which is no control at all) to His control. So He can lead you in all truth, and lead you to where God has Good stored up for you! He can’t wait for you to walk with Him in it!
Love you all,
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Kelly Kamentz - Jesus follower, husband, father, and friend, helping others surrender time, thoughts, money, and testimony, to fulfill their purpose!