A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls. — Proverbs 25:28
Praise the Lord for another day with another message of hope and inspiration. My brothers and sisters we are not reading this message by accident, but because of His mercy and grace we are on the land of the living to offer praise and thanks. God has brought us out to see the light and we to will say “Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord.”
In ancient times, cities were often surrounded by walls for their protection. If those walls were breached in any way, the city became vulnerable to attack from a wide variety of enemies. The maintenance of city walls, therefore, was of constant concern. Many years ago the levy or dam of the great Mississippi river was breached and we know the loss and destruction it caused to Louisiana. It is still refferred to as Hurricane Katrina. We have to constantly maintain our infracture to keep our cties safe.
Proverbs 25:28 likens self-control to a city wall. When we maintain self-control, we keep ourselves safe from forces that would wear us down, attack our weaknesses, and prey on our failures. Scripture warns us that losing our self-control can lead to disastrous results. We may have tendencies to lose our tempers easily, gossip about neighbors or coworkers, your brothers and sisters in the same congregation or criticize those in authority. We may have an unhealthy desire to own many possessions, an addiction toward food, or an obsession with television. A careless word, a broken promise, or a disrespectful action is an outward sign that our inner wall of self-control has collapsed. Weak self-control makes us vulnerable to living a life of hypocrisy, and then we lose all credibility as a witness to the freedom and joy of the Christian life. If you cannot control yourself and your mouth then all respect is lost and ego will take it’s place.
But developing self-control is not just a matter of willing right behavior. We all have experienced the “just do it” break-down. We decide that we will finally regain control of a certain personal weakness only to find a few days later that we have succumbed once again to temptation. Self-control is not as simple as just “doing it” or “not doing it.” O, how we should try to master ourselves before we venture into another field, but we can’t because we have placed stumbling blocks in our way and caused us to come short of the glory that we aim to reach.
Paul tells us that the Holy Spirit desires to guide our lives. Only he can overcome our sinful cravings and build self-control with staying power. As we turn our moments over to the direction of the Holy Spirit, we will find that we are more often able to resist those things that used to prey on our weaknesses. It is with the power of the Holy Spirit alone that our walls of self-control can be securely maintained. This is a challenge for you today so take charge of your life and do what is right and save your souls. Remember the person you see in the mirror is not your brother or sister. Think about it and when you realized who the person is then do something about it.
Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
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