What is self-control according to the Bible?
It’s one of the 7 fruit of the Spirit and is one of the main key components of Christian conduct.
It’s a battle between a divided self; a fight that takes a bad desire and puts in under “control.”
In other terms:
• Will power
According to the Bible, self-control comes from our hearts, because even our minds and thoughts need to be under self-control. It’s a gift, but it also needs to be exercised regularly in order to be strengthened.
It isn’t about just saying no to something. You have to say no to things as Christ would, with authority, power and complete pleasure in putting down what is wrong or unhealthy. This starts in the heart and the more you practice self-control and meditate on the scriptures about it, the easier having self-control becomes.
Why is self-control important?
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you were on a diet and were tempted by a box of donuts, or trying to quit smoking cigarettes and yet your best friend offers you one, or you’re on a website but an advertisement to play an addicting video game pops us on the screen? What did you do? How do you fight back the temptations? You need self-control.
When you exercise self-control you are not only protecting yourself, you are also displaying God in you. The Lord is self-controlled. He gave that trait to us, but you also are not alone. God is helping you to overcome battles and temptations daily. Just look to Him.
Do You Need Self-Control in the Following Areas?
• Anger and bad temper
• Critical and judgmental spirits
• Lust and adultery
• Addictions and Vices (e.g. smoking, drinking, drugs, stealing, etc.)
• Covetousness or Jealousy
You Need Freedom and Deliverance
Pray this prayer today:
Dear Lord Jesus, I humbly come before you now. I repent of my sins. Wash me with your precious Blood. I place myself under your authority, King Jesus. Break the chains of my past, the chains that keep me bound to my weaknesses. Break off any familiar or ungodly spirits from my life right now. In Jesus’ Name.
Lord Jesus, I give you _______________________ (name the problems by name). I renounce them. They are no longer part of me. Holy Spirit, come and have your way in my life. Help me to grow in the fruit of the Spirit daily. In the Mighty Name of Jesus. Amen.
Steps to Exercising Self-Control
1. Brain wash yourself in the Word of God & keep your mind on good things (see Romans 12:2 Philippians 4:8).
2. Ask Holy Spirit to help you and give you strength (see Ephesians 1:16,17-19).
3. Confide in a safe, godly person to keep you accountable (1 John 1:7).
4. Be aware of and remove the slightest temptations or temptation triggers (see Ephesians 4:22-24).
5. Always go back to scripture & God’s Presence, even when you fail. God loves you even when you fail. He forever wants to help you. (Hebrews 4:16).
6. Praise God when you’re feeling weak! Worship is the best way to put your eyes completely on God (read Psalm 34).
Scriptures about Self-Control
Envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, Gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.
A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.
1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
2 Peter 1:5-7
For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.
1 Corinthians 9:24-27
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.
2 Timothy 1:7
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
1 Corinthians 9:27
But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.
Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.
1 Peter 4:7
The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers.
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.
But hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined.
1 Peter 5:8
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
Training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
1 Corinthians 13:4-5
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;
1 Corinthians 9:25
Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
1 Corinthians 7:9
But if they cannot exercise self-control, they should marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion.
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