Name Tags: You Are... (Part 83)
Self-Disciplined & Controlled
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV)
I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.
1 Corinthians 9:27 (NKJV)
A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls.
Proverbs 25:28 (NLT)
For this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.
2 Peter 1:5-7 (NKJV)
The choice: self-indulgence or self-control.
The world preaches and pumps self-indulgence in a 24/7 ad campaign on all channels of modern media.
Jesus preaches and provides self-control in an eternal opportunity through His Spirit: a blitz of pure power.
Subtle cons and dangerous temptations are revealed and outmaneuvered by God.
Okay, then why do I still fall victim to occasional unhealthy desires, like overeating or impulse shopping?
Actors, models and talent for Christ: As serious athletes know and show, self-control requires daily practice. It's a commitment superstars make that separates and elevates them above other players with talent.
Do the best of them sometimes mess up? Sure, and it's reported by the press. Do they stray in smaller ways as well? Sure, but they quickly get back on track.
Compare that track to a walk with Christ. If the Lord speaks with a still, small Voice, He won't scream when you stop listening. His Spirit yearns for your repentance.
So run His race like star performers. When you lose self-control and stumble, however many times it happens, repent quickly and get back on track.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Name Tags: You Are... series.