As I’m reading the Bible today, these two little verses stand out from the rest:
Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it. (Proverbs 25:16, KJV)
And yet another one…
Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; (Proverbs 20:13, KJV)
One look at these verses reminds me, there’s nothing wrong with honey, and there’s nothing wrong with sleep. But there might be something wrong with the way that we use them. Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing.
The Bible tells us “He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.” (Proverbs 25:28, KJV)
You see, it’s not so much a matter of one eating too much or sleeping too much. The question is, who’s winning the battle between our Spirit and flesh? If we’re prone to choosing the feel-good easy-way out, will we be equipped when the enemy comes?
Self control isn’t easy, but it has to be learned as we take up our cross. “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts. (Zechariah 4:6b, KJV)
We don’t slip into holiness like a comfy recliner. It’s more like climbing a mountain through rocky terrain. And by the fruit of the almighty Spirit of God working in us and through us we fight the good fight. We press on to the goal. We crucify the flesh. We cast aside anything that weighs us down. We bring our bodies into subjection. We count all things as loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ.
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Read 1 Corinthians 9:19-27 where Paul talks about the importance of self control.
And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. (1 Corinthians 9:25, KJV)
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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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