The Power of Self-Control SERIES – The Divine Nine

Galatians 5:22-23 NLT

  1. 22  But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
  2. 23  gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

Self-control is:

• power over YOURSELF
• the power to say YES to what you should

do, and NO to what you shouldn’t.

Proverbs 25:28 NLT – A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls.

I. AREAS of self-control • APPETITES

• AMBITION • ANGER

Proverbs 29:11 GNT – Stupid people express their anger openly, but sensible people are patient and hold it back.

II. ANSWERS TO loss control

2 Timothy 1:7 NCV – God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid but a spirit of power and love and self-control.
Philippians 2:13 TLB – For God is at work within you, helping you want to obey him, and then helping you do what he wants.

Master your MOODS
Watch your WORDS
Retrain your REACTIONS
Stick to your SCHEDULE
Pursue your PLAN
Accept your ACCOUNTABILITY

III.ADJUST to God’s control

Romans 4:17 NLT – That is what the Scriptures mean when God told him, “I have made you the father of many nations.” This happened because Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing.

Psalm 46:10 NLT – “Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.”

Serenity Prayer

Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things, I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him
forever in the next.
Amen.

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