Self-control: Secret Of Living
SELF-CONTROL involves disciplining and helping ourselves be the kind of people that walk with God and others the way we should. We stand guard at the gateways or doorways of our personhood. To some things we grant entrance and to other things we deny entrance. We send away harmful influences that would invade and conquer us. Likewise, we guard that which we let out of the gateways of our lives—what we say or do, where we go, and what we project to others.
Discipline or self-control shapes a person’s character and helps him/her to behave correctly. The word comes from a Latin word meaning “instruction” or “training.” Discipline in the Bible is goal-oriented — seeking to develop a godly person that will walk in God’s ways. The issue of discipline in the body of Christ is crucial. Today, there seems to be not much difference between God’s children and the unbelievers because some think that as long as they have confessed their sins, repent of them and accept Jesus as their Lord and Saviour, it all ends there. They do not bother about practising things that can boost and sustain their faith. They are either negligent or ignorant of the principles of our Lord Jesus Christ that can keep them refreshed and become good ambassadors.
“Remember that in a race, everybody runs, but only one person gets the prize. You also must run in such a way that you will win. All athletes practise strict self-control. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we for an eternal prize. So, I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step. I am not like a boxer who misses his punches. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to what it should be. Otherwise, I fear preaching to others I myself might be disqualified” – I Cor. 9:24-27.
The best thing you can do for yourself is to pattern your life after Jesus Christ. He is God, nevertheless He came in flesh, just to bring Himself to man’s level, experience what we may pass through and by the manner He handled the situations, taught us what to do to live above situations and circumstances common to man (Hebrew 4:15). Jesus Christ lived His life in integrity. This can be accounted for through discipline/self-control. He was a man of prayer.
Prophet (Dr.) Abiara, General Evangelist, CAC Worldwide.