Self-control is defined as the ability to regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviour, especially in the face of temptations and impulses. It is being able to resist impulsive or emotional reactions while responding in a more thoughtful and intentional way.
Apostle Paul, in our opening text today, speaks of how he goes the extra mile in disciplining his own body, to keep it under control. In other words, self-control can be developed through practice, and strengthened by building healthy habits.
Practicing self-control also serves as a form of protection for you against the wiles of the enemy. We see this in the example of Joseph who escaped the trap set by Potiphar’s wife, simply by practicing self-control (Gen. 39:8-13).
However, as we see with Joseph, holding yourself accountable to the Word of God is key in building self-control (Psa. 119:11). In addition, beyond the physical efforts you may put in, it takes the help of God’s Spirit to put your body under in every situation. This is why there cannot be self-control without the help of God’s Spirit.
Therefore, commit to the study of the Word and ask for the help of God’s Spirit today as you practice self-control.
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🙏 DAILY PRAYER GUIDE
Father in the name of Jesus, strengthen me with might by your Spirit in my inner man, that I may be able to subject my body and mind to your Word, in Jesus Name.
🏞️ PRAYER FOR A NATION – NETHERLANDS
Almost half of the population in the Netherlands are non-religious. However, there are signs of hope as we see growth in the number and strength of many independent churches and immigrant churches.
1. Prayer for the nation: Father in the name of Jesus, strengthen me with might by your Spirit in my inner man, that I may be able to subject my body and mind to your Word, in Jesus Name.
2. Prayer for the leaders: Dear Father, we ask that you will give the leaders of the nation divine wisdom to promote righteousness, equity and justice, in Jesus name.
🕍PRAYER FOR ISRAEL – (Ps 122:6)
Father in the name of Jesus, show your mercy and favour in this set time to Israel. Let your mercy not depart from Israel, in Jesus Name
💒 PRAYER FOR UNITY IN THE CHURCH
Father in the name of Jesus, we bind every spirit of conflict and misunderstanding in the church today, and we ask that the spirit of unity and love will abound amongst believers, in the name of Jesus.
☄️ PRAYER FOR SOULS / REVIVAL
Dear Father, we pray for every unsaved soul in our nation, that you will give them the grace to turn from their wicked ways, and accept the love of Christ.
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