Friday, April 9, 2010


summer's notebook, chapter 12.

self-control = the ability to keep one's self in check. the ability to say 'no' to emotions, cravings, urges.
a person who has self-control has mastered their desires and love of pleasure.

to win the battle of self-control, i have to recognize the conflict and rely totally upon God's help and grace. ephesians 6.10-13.

common problem areas for fleshly urges.. snacks. sweets. clothes. making good use of my time, all the time.

self-control does NOT: yield to temptation, give in to desires, participate in sin, indulge itself, satisfy itself

self-control cares about:
growing more Christ-like
being a good steward of my body (which is the temple of the Holy Spirit)
being a good steward of the money God has given me
spending my time wisely, in a worthwhile way

blessings of not succumbing to the flesh (saying 'no')..
1. i can have God's victory in whatever temptation is attacking me
2. i can build a track record with Him and gain experience that will help me later when i face another temptation

i must see every decision as a battle. who will i side with? my flesh, or the Holy Spirit?

how to start mastering your self (flesh)..
1. pray. over everything. before every decision. commit each day to Him in prayer.
2. monitor my input. don't put yourself in situations where you'll be tempted.
3. stay busy.
4. keep a schedule.
5. don't pamper myself.
7. saturate my mind with His Word. read proverbs for wisdom. memorize key verses.


  1. I can't tell you how much I needed to read this post for this week. That really spoke into my life. Everything about it. I think people tend to think that self control should only be used in one area of their lives, but it's so true that money, food, time, also play a very big part in self control. This was wonderful to read today.

  2. I particularly like the idea of #7 on your list of "how to start mastering your self (flesh)"

  3. This is great !! A great message ! Thank you for your encouragement !