One can easily assume that if we have this seed sprouting on the inside, then maintaining the other eight (8) should be a breeze.
Not so fast.
It’s not as easy as one might think.
In the old testament, David bemoans his sinful state in Psalm 51:5 NIV, “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.”
In the new testament, Paul describes the struggle between his carnal self and the Spirit in Romans 7:15 NIV, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.”
We are predisposed to sin.
However, there is a way out.
Paul goes on in Galatians 2:20(b) to tell us that we can be victorious once we surrender ourselves completely to God. “The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God…”
As we are not born with self-control or self-discipline, we require major surgery – a heart transplant.
And only the Great Physician will do.
In Matthew 9:12 ESV, Jesus establishes the sort of cases He will accept, “…Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.”
Check the news today.
Is there any doubt as to the sin-sick situation we are in?
The prophet lamented the human condition in Jeremiah 17:9, “The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it?”
If anything our heart condition has worsened since Jeremiah’s time.
There is a distinct lack of self-control in the world today as is evident by the crimes that pervade our societies.
Thankfully, with God all things are possible! (Matthew 19:26)
Like David in Psalm 51:10 KJV, let us petition the Great Physician, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”
His response will be just as He promised the prophet Ezekiel many years ago, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” (36:26 NIV)
My friend, do we really want to overcome in 2019?
Do we really want our lives to be ones that bear the Fruit of the Spirit?
Do we want seeds of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and gentleness to be germinating within us?
Then let us ask God for self-control!
Let us ask Him to develop discipline in us, so that we can resist the enemy and his temptations!
2 Timothy 1:7 ESV reminds us, “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”
The only way that we can experience a difference in 2019 is if we do something different.
We’ve tried everything else, why not try Jesus?
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