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TRUST IN JESUS…TAKE A STAND TO ACT LIKE IT…GRASP JESUS AS YOUR OWN. We come now to the 4th action-step to SELF-CONTROL. There is a delicate balance between you taking control and realizing that you are being empowered by the strength of God-strengthened enough in order to have a sense of self-control.
Our world is out of control. When your past is out of control, it’s all about guilt. When your future is out of control, it’s all about fear. And when your present is out of control, it’s all about anger. Although these are deadly causes of human paralysis, they can serve you well. You see, if you know your life is basically out of control without God, you are in an advanced stage of maturity and growth. Once you understand and accept your powerlessness without God, you are at a balancing point and have a sense of being centered.
Self-control is misunderstood, if you think you have the power to control your life. Some of the most “controlled” people I know are addicts. They believe with all their hearts that they can control their addiction and they cannot. The term self-control is literally self-strength. This is an inner strength and discipline that you can bring to your faith. This is to be understood as a strength that must come from your Creator. Now, that kind of self-control is productive and strengthening. This is an understanding along with the Psalmist who wrote: Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain. (Psalm 127:1) The action-step is to EXERCISE INNER STRENGTH. To me, this is what the first three beatitudes is all about (poor in spirit, mourning, meekness). You are to have a right evaluation of yourself before God and gain your strength in this grand partnership.
Self-control means to discipline your self. It’s the quality of one who masters his desires and passions, especially his sensual appetites. Self-control is self-strength. It’s self-discipline! We must learn to control ourselves. No one can do it for us. So, where does Jesus fit into this idea of exercising your inner strength? Here’s how I see this in the kingdom motif. A kingdom is the dome where you are king. It’s what you have say over. When you encounter Jesus, the King of kings, especially the King of the Kingdom of God, you have a major decision to make. Will you turn over your kingdom to a higher power, the King of all kings, or will you choose to remain the sole king of your kingdom? When Jesus apprehended my life, I signed off to him as my King and he now owns everything I have say over. Now, here’s what Jesus wants. He wants you to remain strong as the king of your kingdom, while renouncing ownership of everything you are and have over to his ultimate authority. You are a king; Jesus is the King! In other words, Jesus wants all that he has created you to be and to do to be added to your practice of trusting in him!