Ultimately, self-control isn’t about you. It’s about surrendering to God’s purposes for you. But in the end, self control or surrender is about love.
LOSING CONTROL CREATES A LOT OF PROBLEMS
- Whenever you lose control, someone else always finds it. Control is never truly lost, if you fail to control yourself, others will control you.
SELF-CONTROL IS ABOUT SURRENDERING TO GOD
- 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 – Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
- It means submitting every decision we make to God. It’s about surrendering. When we do this consistently, it’s called self-control. Galatians 6- fruit of the spirit.
- We must not confuse disciplined living with holy living. The two are not the same.
IT IS GOD THAT ENABLES US TO LIVE A HOLY LIFE
- Ultimately, self-control isn’t about you. It’s about surrendering to God’s purposes for you. But in the end, self control or surrender is about love.
- Biblical self-control is about keeping our loves in the right order. In a sense, we can only do what we love. When we succumb to sin, it’s because in that moment, we loved something else—pleasure, pride, comfort—more than God. We will always operate out of our loves.
- But love requires sacrifice, paying a price. But rarely do we speak of paying this price in defeating sin or in suffering the consequences of our lack of self control or surrender. For some, when temptation comes, we roll over for it. We shrug our shoulders and repeat some cliché about how no one is perfect.
SURRENDERING GIVES US A NEW IDENTITY
- Paul compares the follower of Jesus to a boxer, who masters his own body and practices self restraint, and all the way through the New Testament you’ll read words like this, describing the Christian life: Fight, wrestle, run, work, suffer, endure, resist, agonize, persevere. All of these are New Testament words describing life of one who follows Jesus. It is to be a disciplined, self-controlled, surrendered life.
- Christ wants us to not just resist sin but to assume a new identity. Smoker v non smoker
- Put off your old self and put on your new self. Eph 4:24
- “God, how are you seeking to transform me in this moment?”
- Lord, give hope that you’re not done with me yet.