Words from the Heart for Thursday November 16th, 2017
A person without self-control is like a city whose walls are broken through.
Proverbs 25:28 (NIRV)
The Lord has more to say to us about self-control. This is a lesson we will keep learning. We will have more opportunities to express it. The picture given when self-control is not used is of a city with a break in the wall. Through that hole the enemy can come in. How much better to rely on the Spirit of the Lord to develop His fruit in our lives. We will not suffer loss and neither will those around us.
In Canada, such things as narcotics, controlled drugs, benzodiazapines and other targeted substances are known as controlled substances. Not only are they tightly regulated, but there are clearly defined regulations for their destruction. Those who are given the legal right to destroy controlled substances – pharmacists, hospital administrators and other medical professionals, must do so in the presence of another medical witness. Both names must be recorded, along with the date and location of the destruction. The information must be kept for two years.
Even a secular society recognizes it has the responsibility to control substances that harm its people. It is because too many people have so little self-control that to not put some control over things would lead to even greater harm. The Bible often speak about self-control. Proverbs 25:28 says this: “A person without self-control is like a city whose walls are broken through.” What Solomon is saying here is that a lack of self-control is destructive. An ancient city whose walls had been destroyed was open to attacks by enemies and certain defeat. So it is in our spiritual lives. The problem is that without Christ, self is under the control of our sinful nature and the power of the Enemy. The New Testament speaks of self-control being a fruit of the Spirit. So in a sense, it isn’t self-control at all, but Spirit control. When Jesus is Lord of our lives and the Holy Spirit is in control, we walk in victory. As long as self is not under control, we will be defeated. What a difference when the Holy Spirit is in control. This is when we walk in victory.
These have been words from the heart.