Our Spiritual Muscles
Exercising Self-Control Muscles – Part II
Scripture Reading: Titus 2:1-15
Key Verses: Titus 2:11-12
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.
Today’s Key Verses are great for instruction for Christ-followers who want to live a life that is pleasing to God. They remind us that hard work and self-discipline does not save us; rather, our salvation comes from God’s grace that He offers to everyone.
Remember that “grace” means God’s unmerited favor. When we say “yes” to God’s offer of salvation through our faith in Christ, it is not based on how good we are. Once we have accepted God’s offer of salvation, then His grace goes to work instructing us on ways to live our life that bring blessings to us and glory to God.
God’s grace through the Holy Spirit teaches us to say “no”. We live in a very indulgent society, and we do not like “no”. One of the first lessons the Spirit teaches us is how to say “no” to ungodliness and worldly passions.
The voice of a pastor or Bible teacher is an “outer” voice because it comes from outside of us. We often reject “outer” voices. But when the “inner” voice of God speaks to a person, this voice is different because it comes from the Holy Spirit. The “inner” voice convicts and convinces.
Jesus told His disciples about the work of the Spirit:
“But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Advocate won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment.” (John 16:7-8 NLT)
Pastors and teachers of God’s Word understand that it is only when God’s Spirit anoints their words that they can convince and convict people who are listening to them.
Is it possible to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in this society? Of course, if we are listening and obeying the Spirit of God in us.
The Bible reminds believers to not grieve the Spirit of God in them (Ephesians 4:30). We grieve the Spirit when we do not listen and obey His nudges in our minds and hearts. When the Spirit says “no”, we must control our desires and say “no”.
When we exercise our self-control muscles, we find blessings and freedom in our daily lives.
Father, I praise You for the grace You give to me. Help me to practice self-control so I might please You in all my ways. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.