Proverbs 25:28 – Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control.
Self-control limits me, just like the high and fortified walls of a city would, but it’s necessary for my defense against the enemy! Follow me here…inside a walled fortress of self-control, I’m NOT free to go out and do whatever I want in order to be “outside the box”. I’m NOT free to make whatever decisions I want believing that tomorrow I will still wake up and still have grace when I’m not even guaranteed tomorrow. I’m NOT free to sin and wait for God to forgive me again. It might not happen. It hurts ME when I walk out of that walled fortress and open myself up to those flaming arrows of the enemy. I set myself up as target practice when I step outside the walled city of my heart. You might as well slap a bull’s eye right to my heart and send me packing!!
I may not be TOTALLY free in a walled city, but I’m under the protection there of my Father! I have the protection and guidance of a KING who rules that city in my heart!! I have a NEW freedom and a NEW spirit and I am perfectly content with the type of freedom I have today. Today it means I am free to live a glorious life without constantly looking over my shoulder! AMEN to that!
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To further your reading, consider this from:
2 Peter 1:5-9 – For this every reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.
Faith has many results. It stimulates our growth in Christian character, and moral discipline. We are saved by the blood of the Lamb, not so we can sit around and complain, but so we can help others. Our lives should mirror those of Christ and if we are claiming to be saved but not changing our behaviors due to our lack of self-control, then we are in essence forgetting altogether what God has done for us.