Here’s a fruit of the Spirit lesson I’ve learned: The hardest part about self-control is controlling yourself enough to keep it to your self. Sometimes I speak before I think. I type before thinking about the tone of the message, I pre-judge before I know all the facts, I even assume a position before making a sound decision. I let my emotions have full control and my emoting can quickly lead to demotion, hurtful and sometimes broken relationships.
Living a life of discipline takes focus, intention and a whole lot of self-control. Our thoughts, our mindset, our speech, our attitudes, our social life are all a part of our Christian walk. When we allow God to be the editor in chief we can do better, live better, talk and walk better as ambassadors. How do you discipline yourself to be sure you are living on pitch and bearing good fruit?
How do you practice self-control when things are out of control?
Prayer: Dear Lord take control over my thoughts, my speech and attitude today. Let my outside actions show people You live on the inside. Help me to hold back when I want to lash out. Amen.
I’m glad it’s almost time for the weekend. I have had a busy week and I’m often told I am such a busy person. I realize being busy a lot has its ups and downs, which makes me think sometimes about how busy I am but God isn’t. God isn’t trying to get it all done in a week or even 24 hours. It’s already done. God isn’t trying to meet deadlines or deal with crunch time on a project like me. He is not limited by time. One day is as a thousand years to God.
God isn’t trying to make up his mind about what to do first. Priorities are never an issue. He’s the same God yesterday, today and forever.
God isn’t waiting to see what the future holds because He holds the future in His hands. I can cast all my cares on Him.
God isn’t busy being too concerned about financial freedom or watching what happens in the stock market. He’s already invested in me. I am free because He is my Provider and the Supplier of all my needs.
God isn’t busy saving up for rainy days. He controls both the windfall and the rainfall of my life.
God isn’t busy in the sense of how I see myself being too busy or others may see me. This daily walk with God has shown me God is busy working on me and He is always at work in my life.
One thing I’ve learned is this, God always takes care of business as He takes care of us.
Listening is a special art form. Good listeners are hard to come by these days. The world is noisy and it seems everybody has something to say as more and more people live out loud on social media. I have found people who don't listen never get what they want. The best relationships I've had are the ones where I listened and learned. They are often the ones where I chose wisdom over foolishness.
Here are a few scriptures to help remind me of the choices I make. I also use them to stay in tune and sharpen my listening skills.
Proverbs 12:15 (NASB) The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But a wise man is he who listens to counsel.
Psalm 81:11-14 But My people did not listen to My voice, And Israel did not obey Me. So I gave them over to the stubbornness of their heart, To walk in their own devices. Oh that My people would listen to Me, That Israel would walk in My ways! I would quickly subdue their enemies And turn My hand against their adversaries.
Proverbs 1:33 But he who listens to me shall live securely And will be at ease from the dread of evil.
Ecclesiastes 7:5 It is better to listen to the rebuke of a wise man Than for one to listen to the song of fools.
Be encouraged and listen up because God is speaking. What's your favorite scripture on listening?
I love how the Bible is full of instruction. Proverbs 16:20 KJV says He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good and whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.
So many things can cause me to get off track and lose focus but God always guides and orders my steps. I am learning to trust God in everything, which always leads to happy trails. I realize that it matters how I handle matters. Now that’s what I call living on pitch.
My prayer: God grant me wisdom and peace as I surrender it all to you. Help me to handle matters wisely and keep trusting in You. Amen
I love the wisdom found in reading through Proverbs. This scripture speaks to me today. Proverbs 29:23 says One’s pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor. That says it all right there!
This weekend I plan to live wiser by being content and spiritually fit. This is not my world and I trust God who owns everything. I Timothy 6:6-10 says But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils, it is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.
After a full weekend of history making events from the White House to my own house, I realize how quickly things can get out of control. Today, I will live wiser by controlling my own actions. According to Proverbs 16:32(KJV) it says he that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.
Prayer: Dear Lord help me to control my thoughts, govern my actions and settle down. Give me wisdom to trust you in everything. Amen