I don’t care for trampolines. Truth be told, my kids have to ASK every time they go on one, because they know how much I hate them. I envision horrible neck injuries. But, when they came up with the kind with the safety net around them, I eased up a little knowing that there was at least some protection.
Self Discipline/ Self Control is like your little safety net. We hate that word and bristle at the thoughts of self discipline, but it is your friend.
The Bible tells us that a
“A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.” Proverbs 25:28
Logically, the self-controlled man is protected.
Protected from what?
We always think that we need to be protected from outside evils, and it is easy to indulge in the victim mentality: “Oh, so and so is out to get me,” or “The devil is after me.” (weird!)
But, it protects us from ourselves.
The sad truth is that we sin because we like to. Jerry Bridges states” What makes these sinful desires so dangerous is that they dwell within our own heart. External temptations would not be nearly so dangerous were it not for the fact that they find this ally of desire right within our own breast.”
If you live life by the seat of your pants, most likely you struggle with self discipline.
You eat what you want, when you want, because you want to.
You buy what you want, when you want, because you want to.
You say what you want, when you want, because you want to.
Enter self control.
It is your protection to keep you from sinning when you are tempted to overeat (gluttony), overspend( coveteousness) and blurt malicious things (anger).
“We desperately need the grace of self-control to avoid sin’s destructive cycles. When we recognize self-control as the virtue that spares us from sin’s negative consequences, we will welcome it eagerly as our friend.”- Carolyn Mahaney
So, today, choose one area that you are sinfully struggling with. It could be your tongue, your weight, your thought life, and just say NO to yourself. Build up that wall of protection, for your own good.
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