Category Archives: Self-Control

What will God say to you?

On the day of judgement, will God be happy with your behavior or will He be disappointed? I wonder sometimes about some “Christians” I see on Sundays after Church. Have you ever had the best time at Church and then go out afterwards and see other Church people acting like they have never even been to a Church at all? They act like they just climbed out from under a rock or something. We, of all people, should know how to act in public! Come on Christians! Or so-called Christians… If nobody outside of your Church knows you attend Church, then you are not representing Jesus the way you should be.

Jesus never cussed out anyone at Walmart or acted like a fool to his waitress over a wrong side item. He certainly never showed disrespect to his parents or to others! So, we should not be doing that either! If you are a jerk everywhere else except Church- well, even at Church – you really need to re-evaluate your salvation. Also, if you’re causing division in the Church or gossiping about other Church members, you might need to have a heart to heart with our creator and see if you are truly saved at all. In Matthew 7:23 KJV, Jesus will say to some on judgement day, “…I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity”. What a terrible day that will be! Revelation 3:16 NLT also says, “So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”

Revelation 3:16
Since you are neither hot nor cold, God will spit you out of His mouth!

Christianity is not a club or a social status. It is a life style- we are supposed to be new creations when we become saved by grace. We are to put away all the old sin and take on the yoke of Jesus. Don’t take out your frustrations on others. You could be the entire reason someone will not go to Church! They might see your pictures on Facebook, where you are in Church, and think to themselves that all Christians are the same– all are fake. We’re not! But if all non-Christians see from us is the same or worse than what they see from everyone else, they will not give Jesus a chance. 

We will all be judged. I want to stand before my Holy God with clean hands and a pure heart and hear Him say to me, “Well done my good and faithful servant!” That is my goal in this life. I don’t want to falsely represent my living God by acting like the devil while wearing my Sunday best! I fall short every day, but I try my best not to. When I do fail Him, I pretty much know it immediately and quickly repent because I do NOT want to let Him down. He has never let me down! 

Fruit of the Spirit – Self-Control

Self-Control is defined on the Merriam-Webster website as: Control over your feelings or actions: Restraint exercised over one’s own impulses, emotions, or desires.

Proverbs 16:32 tells us, “Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control that to conquer a city.” Taking control over our own actions is very necessary in order to have a life of freedom. We can’t keep giving in to temptations if we want to overcome our current situation. Having self-control is like having will-power. It’s very hard to diet or fast. In order to lose weight, we must cut back on the foods we eat. Otherwise, we won’t lose weight. That’s just a fact. If we want to stop smoking or cursing, then we need to practice self-control and will-power. It’s not easy, but others have done it. We have got to get in the mindset that since others have overcome the same obstacles, then we can too.

Proverbs 25:25 says, “A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls.” I recently visited the Trade Center Memorial in NYC and I took a

Proverbs 25:28
A broken-down city

picture of it with the buildings in the background. This verse made me think of that picture. Our walls were broken down in this country. We took for granted that nothing would happen in this country and we let the enemy steal, kill, and destroy that place. I don’t think we, as a country, have learned anything from it. It’s very sad. Without self-control, the enemy will sneak in and break us down.