I know it isn’t always easy to face temptation, so how can we achieve a level of self-control?

Well, according to the Bible, here are some ways to start.

1. Control your moods.

Those who have self-control don’t often let their moods control them and they do what is right even though they might not feel like it.

Proverbs 25:28

A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.

2. Watch what they say.

These people are not quick to speak; they think about what they are going to say first.

Proverbs 13:3

Be careful what you say and protect your life. A careless talker destroys himself.

3. Watch your reactions.

We oftentimes like to react instead of respond, right? I know that I am guilty of this myself. So in order to begin having self-control in this area of your life, try to imagine the other person’s side of the story. Put yourself in their shoes and go from there. When someone wrongs you, the Bible says it is a great virtue to ignore it.

Proverbs 19:11

If you are sensible, you will control your temper. When someone wrongs you, it is a great virtue to ignore it.

4. Stick to your schedules.

If you don’t determine how you spend your time, then others will for you. Someone who could really control your time, whom we don’t want in control of our time, is Satan.

“If Satan can’t make you bad, he’ll make you busy,”

I heard this quote from a friend and it really resonated with me because I always find myself saying, “Oh, I’m too busy for that,” or “I can’t do this right now, I don’t have time.”

Ephesians 5:15-16

Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

5. Learn to manage your money.

People with self-control learn to live on less than what they make and invest the difference. So start saving! If you make a budget and stick with it, you know exactly where your money is going instead of wondering where it’s disappeared to.

Proverbs 21:20

In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has.

6. Begin maintaining your health.

If you keep your body in tip-top shape, you’ll be able to accomplish more and enjoy your achievements!

1 Thessalonians 4:4

Learn to appreciate and give dignity to your body…

Now, just remember that it takes more than willpower to have self-control, it takes a power far greater than just yourself!

2 Timothy 1:7

For the Spirit that God has given us does not make us timid; instead, his Spirit fills us with power, love, and self-control.

In what areas do you need self-control? 

This week I challenge you to focus your prayers on your self-control and remember Proverbs 25:28. Make a list of areas in your life that you feel need self-control and ask God to help you overcome any temptations you may face.

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