We all love new beginnings, self-control, however is not always our favorite aspect of life.
Starting something new always excites and energizes us. The only thing more exciting than starting something new with a specific goal in mind is actually reaching that goal. One thing we will absolutely need to reach our finish line is self-control.
“You know that in a race all the runners run, but only one runner gets the prize. So run like that. Run to win! All who compete in the games use strict training (self-control). They do this so that they can win a prize—one that doesn’t last. But our prize is one that will last forever,” (1 Corinthians 9:24-25 ERV).
However, if you’re a child of God you already have it. God gave it to you when He saved you. He deposited it in your born-again spirit. It’s just a matter of accessing it. It’s not that it’s locked away in our spirit and we need to learn a secret code in order to get to self-control. We are so accustomed to living without it that it’s not our normal way of living. So, we must learn to make it part of our everyday lives.
How? The first step is renewing our minds to God’s Word. We live in a world whose way of doing things is completely opposite to God’s. We have to so immerse ourselves in God’s Word that we drown out all the voices and influences of the world.
“Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you,” (Romans 12:2 The Message).
If self-control is already in our spirit, then one of the best ways to make it part of our lives is praying in the Spirit.
Imagine what life will look like when self-control is our first nature. Instead of bursting out in anger at our spouses, children or coworkers we’ll have the power to hold our tongue and wait until we’ve calmed down to speak. We’ll be able to stick to a diet because junk food won’t have the hold on us that it once did. We’ll be able to save more money because self-control will help us rein in our impulse spending.
These are just a few examples of how self-control can change our lives. It’s a simple thing, but it is powerful. I encourage you to start spending more time in God’s Word, pray in the Spirit, and ask God to cause His self-control to become your first nature.