Fruit of the Spirit (Self Control)

FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT – SELF-CONTROL
(Pastor Lee Jackson FFWC)

INTRO – TODAY WE WILL CONTINUE ON WITH THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT DESCRIBED IN GALATIONS 5:22&23. TODAY WE WILL TALKING ABOUT SELF-CONTROL (NIV) OR TEMPERANCE (KJV). THE GREEK WORD IS “???????????” PHONETICALLY PRONOUNCED “egkrateia.

TEXT: GALATIANS 5:22, 23 (NIV): BUT THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT IS LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, 23 GENTLENESS AND SELF-CONTROL. AGAINST SUCH THINGS THERE IS NO LAW.

STRONGS CONCORDANCE DEFINES THIS WORD AS MEANING: SELF CONTROL OR TEMPERANCE. THAYER ANOTHER NOTED CONCORDANCES IS SIMILAR: SELF-CONTROL (THE VIRTUE OF ONE WHO MASTERS HIS DESIRES AND PASSIONS, ESPECIALLY HIS SENSUAL APPETITES).

CLARK’S COMMENTARY: CONTINENCE, SELF-GOVERNING (TALK ABOUT WHAT A GOVENOR DOES ON AN GASOLINE ENGINE), OR MODERATION, PRINCIPALLY WITH REGARD TO SENSUAL OR ANIMAL APPETITES. MODERATION IN EATING, DRINKING, SLEEPING, ETC.

(READ WHAT GEORGE WOOD, GENERAL SUPERINTENDENT OF THE ASSEMBLIES OF GOD SAYS ABOUT GENTLENESS IN HIS BOOK “LIVING IN THE SPIRIT”, PAGE 118, 119)

OCCURS IN 4 TIMES IN NT: GAL 5:22, 23 (OUR TEXT WHICH WE HAVE ALREADY READ )

ACT 24:25 (NIV): AS PAUL DISCOURSED ON RIGHTEOUSNESS, SELF-CONTROL AND THE JUDGMENT TO COME, FELIX WAS AFRAID AND SAID, “THAT’S ENOUGH FOR NOW! YOU MAY LEAVE. WHEN I FIND IT CONVENIENT, I WILL SEND FOR YOU.” THE SPIRIT PROBABLY LED PAUL TO SPEAK TO FELIX ON THESE TOPICS BECAUSE HE SELF INDULGENT.

2PE 1:4-8 (2X) (NIV): THROUGH THESE HE HAS GIVEN US HIS VERY GREAT AND PRECIOUS PROMISES, SO THAT THROUGH THEM YOU MAY PARTICIPATE IN THE DIVINE NATURE AND ESCAPE THE CORRUPTION IN THE WORLD CAUSED BY EVIL DESIRES.5 FOR THIS VERY REASON, MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO ADD TO YOUR FAITH GOODNESS; AND TO GOODNESS, KNOWLEDGE;6 AND TO KNOWLEDGE, SELF-CONTROL; AND TO SELF-CONTROL, PERSEVERANCE; AND TO PERSEVERANCE, GODLINESS;7 AND TO GODLINESS, BROTHERLY KINDNESS; AND TO BROTHERLY KINDNESS, LOVE.8 FOR IF YOU POSSESS THESE QUALITIES IN INCREASING MEASURE, THEY WILL KEEP YOU FROM BEING INEFFECTIVE AND UNPRODUCTIVE IN YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.

SELF-CONTROL CONCLUDES THIS LIST OF THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRT AND PAUL FOLLOWS IT BY SAYING “THOSE WHO BELONG TO CHRIST JESUS HAVE CRUCIFIED THE SINFUL NATURE WITH ITS PASSIONS AND DESIRES.” SELF-CONTROL MEANS THAT WE OVERCOME TEMPTATIONS TO IMMORALITY, ANGER, COVETOUSNESS AND EXCESS. (SOME PEOPLE CAN NEVER HAVE ENOUGH.) SELF-CONTROL MEANS ALSO THAT WE WILL NOT ALLOW OUR WEAKNESSES TO KEEEP US FROM OBEYING GOD AND HIS WORD. IT BRINGS DISCIPLINE INTO OUR LIVES. RATHER, WE CHOOSE JESUS, RECOGNIZING THAT WE ARE NOT OUR OWN WE ARE BOUGHT WITH A PRICE. (1COR 6:16-20) WE ARE LIKE THE ATHLETE WHO RUNS TO WIN A PRIZE (READ: 1COR 9:24-26 NIV). WE DEPEND ON THE HOLY SPIRIT TO HELP US. “FOR GOD DID NOT GIVE US A SPIRIT OF TIMIDITY, BUT A SPIRIT OF POWER, OF LOVE AND OF SELF-DISCIPLINE” (2TIM 1:7)

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