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“Being Out of Control”
Dr. Brodie I. Johnson, Pastor, Cornerstone Institutional Baptist Church
Proverbs 25:28 He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.
Can you recognize when you’re out of control? It’s easy to recognize when someone else is being out of control, but it’s difficult to realize when we are. Sometimes even the best saints get out of control no matter how long they’ve been in church. There are still some “cussing saints”, rolling their eyeballs and being mad at everybody. Self-control is a part of the Christian journey that no one tells you about.
Proverbs 25:28 He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down and without walls. At some point in your life, you have to get some control over your spirit. Have you ever seen someone who was angry, didn’t say a word, but it was written all over their face? Learn how to keep your spirit in control. You can mess up a blessing if your spirit is not right.
Psalm 39:1 I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me. Have you ever said some stuff that you wish you could go back and get? Have you ever wounded someone with your words? We really need to get self-control straight in church. You have to start considering your ways because your mouth can get you in trouble.
Psalm 39:3 My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue. Let God handle it and fix it on his own terms! You cannot control or handle everything. The older you get you will have to learn how to pick your battles. Don’t let your tongue provoke some fights. When you learn self-control, you’ll realize that nobody’s blood pressure is going up but yours.
I Peter 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul. Lust chases you down in your weak areas. Many have not grown to the point where they want to abstain because it feels good. They’re constantly feeding their flesh and starving their spirit. When you’re not seeking the Word of God, you become open for Satan to sift you in the weakest areas of your life. You catch hell because you don’t operate under self-control and you cannot expect God to bless you. He knows everything about you. Pray for God to give you the strength to have self-control over your flesh and to keep your spirit in control.
There is nothing too hard for God!