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“He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city which
is broken down and without walls.”–Proverbs 25:28.

In Bible times, there was little security, or police protection as we now know it. Therefore, it was necessary for cities to be surrounded by walls, to keep robbers, thiefs, enemies, and other criminals out. A city with broken down walls was very vulnerable to attack.

When we do not control ourselves, we are like that city with broken down walls-open to attack, and at the mercy of detrimental things in our lives. For some it may be necessary to control your appetite. For others, it may be what you watch on TV or at the movies. For myself, it is difficult for me to control my sleep schedule. I always want to stay up far too late, and I know that it is not good for my health.

There are many areas in our lives where we seem to lose control.  God is calling us to be people of discipline, showing restraint and taking care of our physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Perhaps that is because the extent to which we have control over our spirit, says a lot about our character. When we fail to have self-control even in small areas of our lives, it will affect us in other areas.

The Bible makes a distinction between flesh and spirit. It says that “the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” That is so true. We can have the best intentions, and still fall short of our goals. But God’s mercies are new every morning. It’s never too late to start to gain self-control. Controlling our flesh (our own will) and yielding to God’s desires, will strengthen our character. When we are strengthened in one area, we will soon overcome other weaknesses.

(So that is why my blog is shorter tonight.) I am going to bed at a decent hour, and hopefully with God’s help, I will continue to do so. Please pray that I follow through…

Update: It was a terrible night-restless, tossing and turning, coughing, etc. all night. But I didn’t get back on the computer. I consider that a real victory. This is definitely a spiritual battle.

Please read other articles that I have written here: http://www.associatedcontent.com/user/109497/lonnette_harrell.html

 

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