Fruit of the Spirit: Self-Control Part 2
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The apostle Paul talked about a certain point in his ministry, he had a thorn in the flesh- something troublesome that caused a lot of problems. What was the thorn in the flesh?
Paul said he had an abundance of revelations. He said he was taken up to the third heaven. Because of that, he was maybe tempted to be proud. He said that the thorn in the flesh was a messenger of Satan to beat him up. It may have been something physical. Maybe his eye sight. He had an amanuensis to write his letters. Whatever the thorn in the flesh was, it was from Satan to humble him and to beat him up.
Historians describe Paul as being short in stature, bald, having a hook nose, and bad eyesight. He was known for being a great speaker, though he was a strong writer. Paul walked in the Spirit and exhibited self-control.
Running the Race
I Corinthians 9:19-27 – Paul’s lifestyle was to win people to Christ! It was a Gospel issue. He wouldn’t do anything to discredit the gospel. He didn’t want to do anything to distract from the gospel message.
Paul was a relational person. He would accommodate his lifestyle to try to reach out to them.
V24 “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 understands the imagery of a runner who must put their body in a discipled, self-controlled state.
V25 “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.”
How does this apply to us? How can we apply this in us when it comes to self-control?
I. Be Willing
V19 “Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.”
Paul became a servant of all to win more people. He did it willingly. An athlete is not forced to train. They choose to bring their body into subjection to win the prize. There’s an element to bring our body into subjection for the gospel. I’m not doing it to get better abs or healthy heart, although those are by-products. They are positive things. I do it to win people to Christ. Athletes love their sport with their whole heart, soul, mind, and strength. I love the Lord with my whole heart, soul, mind, and strength. The motivation should be for the glory of God.
II. Adjust our Lifestyle
We adjust our lifestyle, culture, and routine in order to reach others for the gospel.
We’re in a race. This is a mentality that we lose because we are in the daily grind.
We are sitting on the sidelines watching. We want to do more but most people are not in the game. We complain a lot and then we lose because we are not disciplined enough.
Self-control requires change. Things against God, attitude, repentance and then change.
Submit to the spirit of God, be willing to walk in the Spirit, and all these things will grow in us and be evident for all to see.
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