"And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance…"
2 Peter 1:5-6
“Temperance” is from the Greek word, “egkrateia,” which means self-control; the ability to hold oneself in; self-restraint. This is connected to every area of your life, as a child of God, and the beautiful thing is that you don’t have to pray to God to grant you the ability for self-control; it’s one of the fruits of the recreated human spirit.
Our opening scripture clearly lets you know that you’re not “deficient” of self-control, because it uses the verb, “add”; it says you should add temperance to knowledge. You couldn’t add it if you didn’t have it! It’s in your spirit! When a Christian says, “I don’t know why I can’t control myself,” he or she has refused to accept the truth of God’s Word. When you received Christ into your life, your spirit was enabled with self-control. Therefore, you must learn to take charge of your life from your spirit!
The Bible says, “He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls” (Proverbs 25:28).
Refuse to allow anything get you agitated, fretful or aggravated! Learn the value of patience. In a situation where those around expect you to get into a rage, hold yourself in! Exercise self-restraint. You can so rule over your spirit that when you’re provoked, you suddenly put up a smile and remain calm.
What if there are addictions you want to get rid of? Temperance is in you to overcome addictions. The Bible says, “For sin shall not have dominion over you...” (Romans 6:14). Tell yourself, “I won’t do this thing, because sin can’t lord it over me.” Don’t talk to the addictions, talk to yourself; talk to your own spirit. That way, you’ll free yourself from anything that’s of the flesh, because you have control from within.
You’ve got to have rule over your spirit, you’ve got to have control over your spirit, and you’ve got to have mastery over your spirit.
You can, because you’re born again. If you’re born again, he says “the fruit of the spirit is” and he tells you all of them; they’re all in there, in you – it’s a product of your spirit.
So, you say this “I have self-control and I’m going to put it to work. I have temperance and I’m going to put it to work. I can rule over my own spirit and I’m going to do it.” So, that’s the talking you’re supposed to do, you talk to your spirit.
Every child of God must exercise self-control. You can't just do anything you desire; you must take charge of your life. If someone offended you for example, and in anger, you had decided to lash out on the person; but just before you got to him, you remembered the word of Jesus in Luke 6:29, "...unto him that smitheth thee on the right cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away the cloak forbid not to take thy coat also." As a result, you decided not to retaliate; that means you're "holding yourself in" to serve a greater good.
It’s the virtue of someone who’s gotten a grip over his body, passions, and desires from within. Self-control is the ability to say “yes” to the right things, and “no” to whatever is inconsistent with the God-life.
Self-control is more than just choosing the good over the bad; it’s also about making choices for the best. For example, making the choice to study your Bible rather than watch the late-night movie is exercising self-control. Cutting down on your sleep time so you can wake up early to pray or study your books is also exercising self-control. Perhaps, an urge has arisen within you to give in to the wrong thing or respond negatively to a situation. Jesus is your perfect example of one who exercised self-control: when He was insulted and treated badly by others, He never got even, 1 Peter 2:23.
Copy Jesus. Say ‘Yes!’ to the right things, and ‘No!’ to what’s wrong.
The choice to act right and do the right things is our hands. We are in charge and in control so always choose to govern yourself by what the word says rather than what you feel like doing.
Yesterday, in the fruits of the spirit challenge, we practiced meekness and below are some lessons learned from members of the community:
Watch the video on Temperance by @Tea_with Jerry
How to participate: Visit @tea_withjerry on Instagram.
Each day a video would be posted here for the fruit of that day and all you have to do is:
Stay conscious of that fruit all day & exercise it no matter what!
Visit the post again at the end of the day to read other people’s experiences and share yours too & you’re all set!
For extra tea, a telegram group chat has been created to send daily excerpts from our man of God- Pastor Chris Oyakhilome on the different fruits of the Spirit, reminders on the fruit all day long, inspiration from other participants and more. Click (here) to join the group.
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