Here we will study scriptures to help us gain self-control.
Do you struggle with overeating? With anger? Would you like to be more self disciplined?
Me too! One area in which I greatly struggle is my self-control when it comes to sugary treats. I once read that sugar is just as addictive as cocaine. I have never done drugs, but if the bondage is as big as my bondage to sugar, I feel that I understand a bit.
When that sugar craving hits, there is very little self-control involved. Yet, we are not called to live under bondage, and God has made a way for us to be free.
Today we’ll talk about self-control.
To Knowledge, we should add self-control. If you indulge every appetite, every whim, you will never be an overcomer.
In 2 Peter chapter 1, we read that we should add to our faith virtue, knowledge, and then self-control. There are seven steps that follow from faith leading us to full character growth. This process should be worked out daily in our lives, as we continue to grow closer to God.
- 2. Knowledge
- 3. Self Control
- 4. Perseverance
- 5. Godliness
- 6. Brotherly Kindness
- 7. Love
Paul compares the Christian life to an athlete who strives for success (2 Timothy 2:5). Everyone who strives to succeed in life practices self-control in everything. Therefore if we want to succeed in our walk with Christ, we need to practice self-control.
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Until we are able to put our fleshly desires under our feet, we will never be able to completely overcome the flesh.
One way to practice self-control is by speaking the truth against any temptation.
Jesus, when he was tempted after fasting for forty days, told the serpent TRUTH, from God’s word. This is the same way we should fight against Satan’s advances.
When he puts a lie into your mind, speak up! Quote scripture out loud that speaks TRUTH into your heart instead of lies.
However, on our own strength, we will not be able to overcome this. I battled with overeating until I cried out to God for help.
I confessed my sin, and how I was unable to overcome this without his help. Only then was I able to start saying NO to myself. God is faithful to help us if we ask, and he has greatly helped me to stop overeating. All the Glory goes to Him!
In order to gain more self-discipline, ask the Holy Spirit to show you what His will is for you today. Make a choice to refrain from something that is valuable to your fleshly nature once a day. Do it unto the Lord, and expect to reap a bountiful harvest.
Every time you lack self control, meditate and speak one of these verses out loud.
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12 Bible Verses (KJV) to Help You Have Self Control.
“And let us not be weary in well doing; for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Galatians 6:9
“And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.” 1 Corinthians 9:25
“And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power.” Ephesians 1:19
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” 1 Peter 5:8
“He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.” Proverbs 25:16
“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.” Titus 2:11,12
“There hath no temptation taken you, but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
“For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
“That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honor…” 1 Thessalonians 4:4
“For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.” 1 Thessalonians 4:7
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13
“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” 2 Corinthians 4:17
My favourite one is number 12. Print these out, and when you realize you are struggling, meditate on one of these verses. God wants us to overcome the things that so easily beset us.
Satan seeks to destroy us with lies, and half-truths, just like he did Eve in the Garden of Eden. To Read My Review of Lies Women Believe, click here.
There is much more we could study in our quest for self-control. What Bible Verses motivate you?