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WOFCF Bible Explosion - 8/8/18

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                        Fruit of the Spirit Series – Part 9 of 9, Self-Control (Gal 5:22-23)


This fruit is last but not least in Paul's list of the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23. Perhaps self-control is listed last as the capstone—since it takes a lot of self-control to exercise the other eight virtues! One important measure of maturity is emotional control. Godly self-control is not human willpower, but power from God that enables us to govern our lives. This evening, we will begin to conclude our final Fruit of the Spirit lesson on Self-Control. Our Adult Bible Study lessons are always ‘group-discussion’ focused. Please feel free to share your thoughts, ask questions, and explain some of your experiences as we continue to grow in the Gospel and in ministry. So with no further delay, let’s move on with our Bible Explosion!


Topic #1 Fleeing Tempations

This is often one of the best form of self-control. “Flee" from a "stranger" (unfamiliar spirit/a teacher of lies), "flee sexual immorality" (as Joseph had to literally flee, Genesis 39:12), "flee from idolatry," flee "all kinds of evil," "flee also youthful lusts" (John 10:5; 1 Corinthians 6:18; 10:14; 1 Timothy 6:10-11; 2 Timothy 2:22).


The Bible tells us that our spirits and our flesh will war against each other in this life. Our flesh wants immediate self-gratification at all costs and will stop at nothing to try and get it. Our spirits know that some of our fleshly desires are not right for us and as a result, there will be a tug of war between the two – and sometimes it will be a major tug of war. And the only thing that will be able to control and curb some of the desires of our flesh is the quality of self-control. That is why the Bible tells us that if we can learn how to walk in the Holy Spirit, then we will not fulfill the lusts of our flesh.


What are your thoughts, any dialogues, or scriptures you like to share?  


Topic #2 Some Qualities of Self-Control

1. Temperance (soberness), rational restraint of natural impulses

2. Sober, temperate, calm and dispassionate (composed) approach to life, having mastered personal desires and passions

3. Calls for a self-disciplined life following Christ’s example of being in the world but not of the world

4. Restraint (curbed/controlled) or discipline exercised over one’s behavior


The above definitions perfectly describe what God is looking for once He starts to work and transmit this quality up into our personalities. This specific quality is one of the major keys in being able to get any kind of victory over some of the lusts and desires of our flesh.


What are your thoughts, any dialogues, or scriptures you like to share?


Topic #3 Word & Actions Can Be Controlled!

"The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ" (2 Corinthians 10:4-5, New International Version).


Due to our fallen and sinful natures, all of us are weak to some degree in the quality of self-control. This is why God the Father made sure to have this fruit listed as one of the 9 fruits of His Holy Spirit. We all need God’s self-control operating in our lives and in our personalities if we are going to have any hope in being cleaned up and properly sanctified to the degree that He would like to get us to in this life. If you do not have God’s self-control operating through you – you will have very little victory over such things as bad tempers, judgmental and critical spirits, an unforgiving spirit, and iniquities such as smoking and the abuse of alcohol.


Once the Holy Spirit starts this sanctification process within you – be prepared for some major battles and tugs of wars with Him once He starts coming after some of the negative qualities operating in your personality. But if you are willing to yield to Him and allow Him to start to work all 9 of these fruits into your personality – then you will find yourself starting to grow in ways and in areas that you never thought were possible in this life. His supernatural power in this area will blow you away once you see how far He can really take you to become the person that God would like you to become in Him in this lifetime.

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We already practice self-control in our daily lives. We do this unconsciously and automatically because that is living in a civilized world. We are governed by rules and it takes self-control to be able to follow them. Self-control is innate in all of us - the question is what degree is our self-control. I think it could be measured by low and high. For things like not eating at your desk because it not lunch hour yet is a practice in low self-control because we do it without thinking about it. For things like not taking the money that we see lying around, it takes a bit of self-control not to take what is not ours. Self-control is also about following the teachings of God. Temptations are all around us and it is up to our self-control to resist them.

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