The easiest way to fall into sin is to lack self-control. We live in a society that says everything goes, nothing is too immoral, and everything is worth trying just once! We as Christians know that just because something is permissible doesn’t mean that it is beneficial. We constantly have to be on alert because we have an enemy in waiting, who is preying on us ready to pounce and devour our lives and our testimony. If we want to be about the work of God than self-control has to be a practiced spiritual discipline in our daily lives. Think about the goals you set in motion for 2016, will any of these get accomplished if you are complacent, lazy, or distracted? Absolutely not. Without self-control you are just spinning your wheels on a fast track to nowhere which is exactly what Satan wants so he can use you for his purpose. You do know that just like God has a plan for your life Satan has a plan too? If you lack self-control you will miss out on all that God has in store for you. Part of self-control is being alert. Be aware of your actions, of what distracts you and takes you off course and pray for God to help you to become more self- controlled.
Here’s an exercise to try to determine the factors that cause you to lack self-control.
- Plan Out Your Day– Write down your top 3 priorities of the day and what steps need to be taken to accomplish your tasks.
Be Aware of Distractions– Try to be aware of when you become distracted or when you procrastinate and write down what it is that is distracting you. For example, is it surfing the web, talking on the phone, or mindlessly going to another task. This will give you insight into some of your weaknesses.
3. Review Your Distraction and Pray for Focus– Take a good long look at the temptations, distractions, and the reason you procrastinate and ask God to help you remove these distractions and gain self-control. Also make a conscious effort to stop the distractions when they begin.
- Don’t Allow Emotions to Get in The Way: Too often we do or don’t do something because of how we feel. Your feeling tired, so you skip Bible study, you feel unappreciated so you go off on a rampage, and the list goes on. Start to look beyond your emotions and bring in some self control. If we allow ourselves to be guided by our emotions we’ll fall short every time. If your emotions are getting in the way take a moment to get them under your self-control.
This take practice, but self-control is a discipline that is well worth the time and effort!