Saying “no” in faith

WP_20170228_08_39_47_ProAlejandro modeled correctly dividing the truth as he presented the devotion Semester 2,  Week 8, “Each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, 1 Thessalonians 4:4. Our “self” produces desires we should not satisfy but instead “control.”  We should “deny ourselves” and “take up our cross daily,” Jesus says, and follow Him (Luke 9:23).  Matthew 5:29 says that “If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it from you.”  This is the fierceness of self-control.  Self-control is saying “no!” to sinful desires, even when it hurts.  You shouldn’t “just” say “no!”  You should say “no” in a certain way: By saying “no” in faith, in the power of Christ. Self-control is a gift.  It is the fruit of the Spirit.  How do we strive for self-control?  Paul said, “I labor, striving according to the His power, which mightily works within me” (Colossians 1:29).  When we really see that God is for us by grace through Jesus Christ, the power of wrong desires is broken.  Therefore, the fight for self-control is a fight of faith.  “Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of eternal life to which you were called” (First Timothy 6:12).

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