Introduction:• Self-Control is vitally important to the Christian’s life. It must be added to the foundation of faith. 2 Peter 1:5-6• Those who have been buried with Christ in baptism must not allow evil again to be their master. Romans 6:3-4; 12-13• Self-control makes it possible for man to fulfill his responsibility for what he does in his body.
TEMPERANCE, n. [L. temperantia, from tempero.]•Moderation; particularly, habitual moderation inregard to the indulgence of the natural appetitesand passions; restrained or moderate indulgence;as temperance in eating and drinking; temperancein the indulgence of joy or mirth. Temperance ineating and drinking is opposed to gluttony anddrunkenness, and in other indulgences, to excess.•Patience; calmness; sedateness; moderation ofpassion. -Webster’s Dictionary
Importance of Self-Control• We need to understand the importance of self-control. Romans 8:13• Self-control is the ability to discipline and control our life under Jesus Christ as Lord.• We gain it by knowledge, prayer, and exercising the Christian faith. Col. 1:9-11• In order to make this work the Christian must develop the wisdom and knowledge to discern between good and evil and the strength to choose to do right. Heb. 5:14
How To Gain Self-Control• Decide to crucify (put aside) our desires and follow the Lord every day. Luke 9:23• It grows out of crucifying the fleshly desires. Galatians 5:24-25• This giving up of our sinful practices and bringing ourselves under Christ’s control can be called a crucifixion. Galatians 2:20• We all should be motivated to self-control by our personal responsibility and accountability at the Judgment. 2 Cor. 5:10
When Self-Control Is Absent• Eve will look at and eat the forbidden fruit. Genesis 3:6• Achan will take silver and gold and more which did not belong to him from Jericho. Joshua 7:21• David will look, lust, and fornicate with Bathsheba. 2 Samuel 11:2-4• A lack of self-control always leads to spiritual hurt. Romans 6:23
When Self-Control Is Practiced• Like Paul, we can be great servants of God. 1 Corinthians 9:25, 27• Joseph avoided being a fornicator with Potiphar’s wife. Genesis 39:7-9• When self-control is present men possess one of the qualities needed for leadership in the Lord’s church. Titus 1:8• When it is present in any Christian we possess one of the fruits of the Spirit. Galatians 5:23
Christians We Must Practice Self-Control!• It must be practiced in good and right things: – Eating… Proverbs 25:16 – Pleasure… Luke 8:14 – Work… Luke 10:40-42 – Sleep… Prov. 20:13
Christians We Must Practice Self-Control!• It must be practiced to completely abstain from: – Fornication… 1 Corinthians 6:18 – Lying… Colossians 3:9 – Gambling… Ephesians 5:5 – Drunkenness… Ephesians 5:18 – Stealing… Ephesians 4:28
Christians We Must Practice Self-Control!• We need to control our temper. Prov. 14:29• The tongue must be controlled. James 1:26• No one will be blessed with that abundant entrance into heaven who does not practice self-control. 2 Peter 1:10-11• Self–Control results from bringing our thoughts into the captivity of Christ. 2 Cor. 10:5• Do you have self under control?
Control Yourself To Be Saved In Christ!• Those who do the Lord’s commandments will be blessed with entrance into heaven. Revelation 22:14• To be saved and become a Christian… – You must hear the gospel. Rom. 10:17 – Believe in Jesus. Mark 16:16 – Repent of sins. Acts 17:30 – Confess faith in Christ. Rom. 10:9-10 – Be baptized to be saved. Acts 22:16 – After baptism you must remain faithful to God. Revelation 2:10