KEY SCRIPTURE: Proverbs 16:32 KJV “He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city”.
A car without breaks is a casualty going somewhere to happen. Self-control in the life of a Christian, is like breaks in a car. Without it your end can be easily predicted as a disgrace.
A Christian who controls the self, can never be denied a lasting greatness, so long as he or she maintains his diligence in whatever he or she is doing. Self-control is ruling over your spirit. Satan and his demons are not the real problems of Christians, but the self in a man. Self is the big enemy of the Spirit. Galatians 5:17 KJV “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would”. Self-control is the answer to the confusion seen in Gal 5:17
LIVING in the Spirit, means killing the flesh or the self (Rom 8:13) (Remember that the flesh in this context is not the body but rather the influence of the body on the mind). It must not in any way dictate anything to you. The scripture in Romans 8:10 says the flesh is dead if Christ is in you,
Self is an obscure master over men, yet when one is born again, self-control becomes love’s expression of true freedom. 1Corinth 13:5 KJV”(love) Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Love behaves properly. Love’s actions are always in the light of pleasing God and blessing men.
NO Christian must be led by the flesh or self. You share in the very nature of God. Through your faith in the scriptures you are a partaker of the divine nature. You are a spirit being living in this body. You have escaped the corruption of the flesh. (2nd Peter 1:4). A little bit of self that controls you corrupts you, and introduces death into you. Rom 8:6 KJV “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace”. Remember that because of your knowledge of God you have received all things that pertain unto life and godliness. Self and its dominance will deprive you of this life and godliness. Thank God you have self-control and can always put the flesh or the self under check.
I am filled with love and I am free from all carnal persuasions of the flesh or self. I have total control over my flesh. Every investment of the Spirit in me is preserved because self is under control.
2Peter 1:3&4 KJV” According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust”.
Colossians 3:1 KJV” If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God”.