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Thought and Prayer for Friday, September 29, 2017

Friday, September 29, 2017

September 29, 2017 SELF-CONTROL

There are many ways we can choose to work on our self-control. We may be tempted to spend money we don’t have. We may have a strong desire to eat something that isn’t really good for us. We could be swayed to go to the lake rather than church. The list goes on and on. When we are tempted or get strong desires to do what we really shouldn’t do, we need to practice self-control.

However, practicing self-control in God’s word means to do what is right according to His will. When we think no one else cares about wrong-doing, we need to be the one who does. It only takes one person to practice self-control and speak out for God to make a difference. Rather than sitting back and getting comfortable today, let’s exercise some self-control and choose to follow God in our words and actions.

SCRIPTURE:
Romans 12:2 “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (NLT)

ACTION STEPS:
1. Write down things you need to work on in your life.
2. List ways you can practice self-control.
3. Know God can help you have better self-control.
4. Pray and be ready to take action to practice self-control.

PRAYER:
Dear Lord, we want to practice self-control daily. Help us to get deeper into Your word so we know what the right things are to do in life. Help us to resist temptations, to stand up for who You are, and to follow only You. We know this world sometimes pulls us in the other direction. We know our emotions sometimes cause us to do wrong. Help us, today, Lord to have the self-control to do what is right and to step out boldly for You when others won’t. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

REMEMBER:
Following the world’s ways is sometimes due to a lack of self-control to follow God’s word.

God can give us the direction we need to go but we have to have the self-control to obey.

It only takes one with self-control to do right to change a negative situation into a positive one.

If we want to be better with self-control, we need God’s word in our hearts.

Self-control begins with prepare our minds and allowing God to transform the way we think.

FOCUS:
1 Peter 1:13 “So prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control. Put all your hope in the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world.” (NLT)

When we put our hope in God, He can help us have self-control to do His will when others don’t.
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