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"Practicing Self-Control"

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Practicing Self-Control

Memory Verse

”…that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God…” 1 Thessalonians 4:4-5

 Paul, writing to the Thessalonians, is explaining to them how they ought to live (4:1). They are to live in such a way that pleases God. One way to live as to please God is to practice self-control. The fruit of the Spirit is self-control. This self-control is practiced when a person denies himself what his flesh wants because it does not promote holiness. Self-control is the governor placed on our actions that properly slows or perhaps even stops an act or thought. A child of God should never “throw caution to the wind”. The world says to live life to the fullest because this is the only life you have. Christ says, on the other hand, to live life for the eternal world to come by practicing self-control in this world.

 Prayer points

  • Gracious Lord, help me to understand that I loose nothing by denying my flesh temporary pleasures. Help me to instead look to You and trust You to care for me and to meet all my needs.

 

"The Ordinary"

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The Ordinary

 

Memory Verse:

“And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light.” Matthew 17:2

 

Who doesn’t desire to have a “mountain top” experience with Jesus? He will grant such an time with Him as He wills. We must be aware that we live in a day in which the pursuit of the “mountain top” is far too consuming. Many children of God even have the idea that anything short of the “mountain top” equals a falling short and failing in their relationship with God. Yet, Christ is most often found in the ordinary of life. In a world of superlatives, we cannot lose sight of knowing Jesus while doing laundry, fixing a leaking faucet, teaching our children, balancing the check book, or any such commonplace task that marks ordinary people. Christ wants to be found in the everyday distractions and practices of life rather than a relentless pursuit of the awesome, the trend-setting, the ground breaking, the marvelous, and magnificent.

 Prayer points:

  • Jesus, help me to find You in the ordinary. Help me to resist the temptation that unless my life is used to change the world I have somehow failed. Let me find you in my daily routine of the life you have called me to fulfill.

"How do I Trust?"

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"How Do I Trust"

Memory Verse

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

 What a wonderful promise we have in this text. It promises that if we trust in the Lord while suspending our own understanding and resisting the temptation to go our own way then He will be our guide. We can experience times in which we must honestly pause after the first phrase of verse five, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart”. We should not consider this a given. It’s not automatic especially when we read the “…with all your heart” part. What does it mean and what does it look like to trust the Lord with all your heart? Many need to spend more time learning how to trust the Lord before we can move on to the benefits of that trust. Grace is required in this quest and God will abundantly provide this grace of trust if we seek Him.

 Prayer points:

  • Gracious Father, I confess that I struggle to trust You with all my heart. I know You are worthy, faithful, and loving and there is no good reason I have for not trusting in You completely. Yet I struggle. Help me to learn greater trust.

 

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