These two daily habits have slowly built my self-control muscles up

Broken Self-Discipline
Self-Control is a Byproduct – Part 2

Scripture Reading: Galatians 5:16-26

Key Verse: Galatians 5:22-23

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

In yesterday’s devotional, I finished up with the Apostle Paul’s challenge: Stay in step with God’s Spirit.  In the original Greek language, Galatians 5:25 would have a literal translation like this: If we would be fresh, strong, efficient in life, direct one’s life by the source of power within you—God’s Spirit.

I would think that every believer would want to live their daily lives just like that.  The question becomes: How?  In my opinion, it starts with a daily time alone with God where we can give Him full permission to direct us.  I usually know of meetings that I’m going to have that day, so I talk to God about them.  I ask for His wisdom and discernment.

Another daily discipline I participate in is reading a few verses out of the Bible.  The major way God speaks to us is through the Bible.  The Bible’s wisdom guides the decisions I make in my daily work.  The Bible reminds me how to create and maintain healthy relationships with those around me.  The Bible corrects me when I allow my flesh to pull me off track.  The Bible rebukes me when I cross lines in integrity issues.

These two daily habits have slowly built my self-control muscles up.  The Bible’s truths fill my mind and God’s Spirit in me gives me strength to live those truths.  Heal your broken self-discipline with God’s tools of prayer and scripture!

Father, I don’t want my lower nature to guide my life today.  I want your Spirit in me to have total control.  I will listen and obey!  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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