Biblically, self-control is not a behavior issue, as in “get control of yourself.” Rather, it is an issue of the gospel. Self-control is actively following what God wants via the instruction of the Spirit in his word. This makes self-control an issue of walking by the Spirit. (Galatians 5:13-23)
Therefore, self-control is not about changing behavior. Self-control is the good yield of the Holy Spirit’s work producing his fruit. It is helpful to describe self-control this way:
Self-control is the ability to say no to my wrong desires and yes to what God wants me to do.
Prayer for Self-Control:
Father, please help me to say no to sin and yes to obedience and pleasing you. I really want to do whatever you want me to do, but it’s too hard by myself. I need your help all the time to say “yes” to you. Please help me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Ruth Younts in Get Wisdom!
2 thoughts on “Self-control: saying no to your flesh and yes to God”
Well put. Simple and to the point. Thanks.
So simple. Need to remember that when you pray that prayer, be willing to follow God’s leading later on when temptations come your way. Thanks for sharing a simple but good point.