We will be dealing with such things as our devotion to scripture, prayer, fasting, service, worship, giving. Self control is the inward strength to bring all physical appetites under the control of the holy spirit. This week, we learned about different coming of age rituals. Gods spirit is the power source behind selfdiscipline. You can have the holy spirit in control, or your anger can take control. The writer of hebrews ends chapter 10 with a strong warning coupled with strong encouragement. Exercising such self restraint helps you develop the habit of keeping other things under control.
To exercise selfdiscipline is to avoid evil by staying within the bounds of gods law. As you and i mature as christians, we increasingly experience the many battles of self discipline. Self discipline illus when i was a kid, i would have thought that it would have been really cool if, when i got home from school, my mother said something like. Setting the heart to seek gods word bill crowe video.
Well, gentlemen, today we are in attribute number 4 of a man of god strategizing selfdiscipline. What hes speaking about is not simply our place in heaven, which is secured by our faith in jesus christ as savior and lord. Do you remember the last time you resolved to make a specific change in. The secret is not that each rigorous exercise of self denial gives us joy. Selfdiscipline by steven lawson ligonier ministries. If thats a problem for you, you could place a large chain and padlock around the refrigerator and give the key to your husband or wife with absolute instructions never to tell you where the key is.
Spiritual activities such as prayer, meditation, fasting, singing, giving, etc. Controlling ones passions and desires was the most important character trait. Articles sermons topics books podcasts filter resources by ask pastor john. The nt goes beyond the greek concept of self control or self mastery. How to develop self control nelson price ii peter 1. As christians, i encourage us all to work together as a team, reminding ourselves and others that persistent discipline is the path to spiritual maturity. Focusing on the proverbs, what does the bible say we must learn to control. They all lack the fruit of the spirit, which is selfcontrol. Selfcontrol iii 89 toand controlled by their feelings as someone whose life is. Describe some coming of age rituals you experienced in. Self control, or self discipline, is the last fruit of the spirit paul mentions in galatians 5. Find stories and bible illustrations to use in your sermons and messages. By occupying this final position, selfdiscipline assumes a place of strategic importance.
Read 3 ways self discipline is the key to unlocking gods will by cortni marrazzo christian career and job development advice,tips and help. Self discipline is that strength that allows us to do what we know should be donelike cultivate all the fruits of the spirit. It can also mean simply saying no to certain things, in order to free up valuable time and mental space to focus on the things that truly matter. Cultivating discipline in the physical realm will help you become disciplined in your spiritual life.
If youve struggled to break a bad habit, create a new healthy one, finish what you start, or do what you need to instead of what you want to, you know how much work it takes to be self disciplin. The title of this sermon is self control, but its really about holy spirit control. I trust it will be an immensely practical and helpful series. Christian who has the right strategy and practices self discipline can win. Of course discipline is an unpopular word in a society where authority is being attacked and undermined. It speaks in the article about gluttony being a sin, and that should our lives be shortend because of overeating, what shall we say when we stand in the presence of the lord. And we could take the same approach in dealing with the need to control aspects of our lives.
In this series we have defined spiritual disciplines as. Weve taken them out of the order that theyre found in the scripture. You will self destruct because youre feeding your old nature and your old nature has one purpose and thats to destroy you and your influence for god. You will never be a real winner over your emotions until you win the inner battles of life. Character children christianity christmas church community discipline doug easter evangelism faith family foolishness forgiveness genesis gods sovereignty gods will grace habits hope integrity jesus joseph judgment love marriage obedience parenting prayer redemption redemptive relationships salvation satan series sermon sin spiritual growth. Open as pdf disciplined for battle by arthur wallis if discipline is weak, even the best equipped army is liable to crack when faced with hardship or adversity. King james exercises tremendous self discipline and endures a great deal of unpleasantness for the sake of what gives him joy. But i discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others i. The need for selfdiscipline sermon by alan smith, 1. In reality, selfdiscipline is the summation of the previous eight qualities that the spirit produces. Discover how to win the battle for a disciplined life in this dvd message. You are in control of your appetites and your emotions, not vice versa.
You self consciously regulate what you feel and what you do. Our time is more valuable to us than the cost of a machine that will enable us to do the job more efficiently. Five characteristics of biblical discipline focus on the. Let me talk to you about the blessings of such a life. Self discipline about this topical sermon outline on self discipline. Now we know god not by 2nd teaching but 1st hand experiences. Attitudes of the heart is a fourteen study series on the internal attitudes which the holy spirit desires to produce in every believer. Americans have become used to being able to accomplish things with the minimum of effort.
In greek culture self control was considered the highest virtue, the foundation to all the other virtues. Self discipline determines which emotional button you will push in every situation of life. Selfdiscipline may be defined simply as that quality that allows a person to do what needs to be done when he or she doesnt feel like doing it. A means to unity page 3looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of. You do not lack selfdiscipline because you lack willpower. When people lose control of their feelings, they become as addicted. He also has in mind our obedience and service for the lord here on earth. Spiritual exercises that bring one closer to god, to become more godly in character and behavior b. The apostle paul compares our life to a race and points out that self discipline or the lack of itdetermines the outcome. Actually none of these methods will enable one to gain self control.
Free sermon illustration ideas on self control, cf. James knows the secret to self discipline consciously or unconsciously, a secret that applies to all of us. Discipline preached at the volunteer camp, wimbledon, july 14, 1867. Sermons on self control great oaks church of christ.
A word related to egkrateia is egkrateuomai, which describes the rigid self discipline practiced by athletes who are intent on winning the prize. Those who shrink back from faith and gods will are destroyed, but those who persevere receive all that he has promised. Another biblical word related to self control is incontinency and, by extension, continency. The greek word for temperance is egkrateia from egkrates, which means re straining and controlling ones self.
We have been working through the three pastoral letters of paul i timothy, titus, and now ii timothy for some months now on lords day mornings, on and off. For god did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self discipline. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable 1 corinthians 9. Its one of those things thats so hard to put into practice, that its almost like the very word itself is a swear word. So he says, i discipline my body and keep it under control 1 corinthians 9. He will use selfdiscipline as a means of accomplishing gods purposes in his life, understanding that the flesh prefers indifference over discipline. Click on the sermons tab at the top of the blog for this and other messages. Click here to get a free copy of my 5 important steps to improve self discipline sermon and more click here to get my 6 important facts about discipline sermon on amazon. Seven lies the devil wants you to believe bill crowe.
Self control is an important life skill, but more importantly, it is a foundational christian quality. I will always be disorganized and lack self control. We are beginning a new series of sermons this morning. Disciplines for the disciple 7 disciplines for the disciple the discipline of meditation introduction 1. Many churches put an inordinate emphasis on outward conformity and reformation while teaching very little on spiritual attitudes of the heart. One of the worlds great tragedies is a person who possesses great abilities.
One of the best articles ive ever read on discipline. The selfdisciplined life camp hill church of christ. And then, to my surprise, an ad came on where the announcer asked, would you like to ski like these experts ski. The control panel for all your emotional control is within your mind. You can either do your homework, clean your bedroom, mow the lawn, and weed the garden. Chapter 11 is full of examples from the men and women in scripture, and then chapter 12 continues with the encouragement to live a courageous, faithful life.1101 475 384 429 1343 667 580 199 213 1239 1263 764 122 635 1062 1247 1442 1258 725 886 278 252 479 1343 500 661 332 639 767 1466 1280 981