Spirit Driven Self-Control

“A person without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.” Proverbs 25:28

One of the ways you know you are walking with Jesus is how you react to life’s circumstances.

The Spirit tells the child of God they will be robbed of joy and left wide open for destruction if they don’t slow down to ask, “Lord, what do you want me to do?” before doing something. And, “Lord, what do you want me to say?” before saying something.

This is goes for both the small and big stuff of life. Your words as well as actions can have eternal value!

A good friend of mine once said, “I didn’t realize until my wife died that I could live with pain and joy at the same time.”

These words then and now were quite profound and touched me deeply. Simply by walking with Jesus and letting His words flow, what seemed small became great in the Spirit’s hands.

You are somebody in Jesus who can do something with both what you say and do, if you slow down and let Him control what comes out of you when squeezed by life.

The world, in which you live, may be going out of control, but, you don’t have to. And because this is true, you can make a big difference with something as small as your words.

Give thanks this is true!

Relax…You’re Human

Just because we fall, doesn’t mean we can’t get back up.

I find it interesting the Scriptures call me holy in one breath and then say with the next that I am imperfect (Hebrews 10:14).

We see our brokenness. God sees our potential. We see ourselves as we are currently. Our Father sees us as the finished project He started at the point we transferred trust from ourselves to Jesus.

This is partially what Jesus meant when He said, “It is finished.” He took care of our sin – both purposefully and unknowingly committed; and made us good with the Father all in one sacrifice – His.

Solomon wrote that “there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.” (Ecc. 7:20) We are made righteous through Jesus’ sacrifice. We can do the right thing, but we don’t always do it. This is our battle.

Solomon also wrote, however, “The righteous falls seven times and rises again.” (Proverbs 24:16) This doesn’t mean we should fall. It simply means we’re in a battle where we do. We can rise after each fall.

We have a Father who is there with open arms when we fall saying, “Get up. Try again.”

So will you?

Jesus is with You

Meet your fears with faith in the specific truths Jesus gives you.

The guys were tough fishermen. They had worked this body of water for years. They were tired and hungry. They were still a good distance from shore while facing some of the toughest weather conditions they had ever encountered.

And then the unsuspected happened. Their vision went crazy. They thought they were seeing ghosts! What in the world would or should they do?

Jesus gives them a truth to focus on, “It’s Me. Don’t be afraid!”

I believe He wanted them to remember the endless displays of power He had done in, for and with them in the past, so they could fight through their present fear.

Jesus told all of us that He is and will always be with us. What do we have to fear? Everything, if we forget. Nothing, if we remember.

Focus on the truth the Spirit gives you to focus on what Jesus has done thus far in your life. These facts will help you walk in faith rather than in fear during these very uncertain days in which you live.

You need to experience it and people around you need to see, not just hear, about your hope. Jesus is with you!

Doing vs. Following

Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.” Francis Chan

Solomon once wrote, “The LORD detests the sacrifices of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases Him.” (Proverbs 15:8)

Christians can be very religious. They do things for God (“sacrifices”) thinking that’s what they need to be doing.

Instead, they should ask what Jesus meant when He said, “It was finished.”

For one, it means no more sacrifices are or religiosity is needed. Jesus doesn’t need us to do anything. He did everything necessary to put us into a right relationship with the Father.

Yet, we often find ourselves doing all kinds of things we think we should do something for Him. I wonder if He’s saying, “What in the world are you doing? I not only didn’t ask you to do that, but I’m not even in it.”

The word prayer in this proverb not only means to talk with God, but its root also means to judge. When tied together, we are to ask God to help us make judgements on the actions we are about to take each day that will please Him.

Sometimes we assume what He wants done rather than slowing down to ask Him where He is walking and then follow Him.

Jesus doesn’t need our religiosity. He simply wants a love that follows Him.