Self Control

The Main Thing: When God is placed on the throne of our hearts, our desires and perspective align with God’s, allowing us to joyfully respond in the face of temptation.

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.–James 1:12-18 (ESV)

But that is not the way you learned Christ!– assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.–Ephesians 4:20-24 (ESV)

Abnormal Master Gland Symptoms
• Irregular body temperature
• Excessive Hunger/Thirst
• Increased Pain
• Weakness
• Loss of Vision

• We must recognize there is a battle between our old self and our new self

• You were created to carry passions and desires

• Our perspective in the moment of temptation dictates the decisions we make

• Obedience to the prompting of the Holy Spirit is key to increasing our self-control