Friday, November 18, 2022

What Lacking Self-Control Looks Like

A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls. Proverbs 25: 28 (ESV)

Words of Solomon, the son of David.

Someone without self-control seems to fall for ‘the latest’, what he or she hears from the television or reads in the newspaper. That person is not grounded in faith.

We see this result in our world today with the seeming popularity of “groups” that promote ideas that were unheard of 40, 50, or more years ago.

Carla Gasser, author of The Beauty of An Uncluttered Soul, tells us that a person who practices self-control practices spirit- control. That person lives with the Holy Spirit guiding him or her.

At first, it is not easy to function with the Holy Spirit leading our lives. I believe it gets easier to do as we go practice giving issues to the LORD through our days. Even then, we may have times when the enemy chooses to test our resolve.

We must remember that we serve a LORD who understands the stress when the enemy tempts us. He tempted Jesus and Jesus rebuked him.

My sister-in-law had a friend give her a print-out of a meme that had a special message:

When the devil knocks at your door, ask Jesus to answer it.”


  1. So true. Regine

  2. I love the quote at the end about asking Jesus to answer the devil knocking at the door. Yes, if we could let Jesus handle our temptations and frustrations for us, we would be so much happier than when we try to control it all by ourselves. I am so thankful for the Holy Spirit living in me and guiding me. Thankfully, He knows how to direct me even when I am not listening very well. He puts up roadblocks and detours to get me back on track. I am very thankful for that! Great post, Cecelia. I hope you are doing well and that you had a blessed Thanksgiving.


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