The Need For Temperance In The Life Of A Believer – Pastor Chukwuemeka Charles Asiegbu

Self-Control In The Believer:

Self-ControlSelf–Control – One of the things we have been asked to add to our knowledge is temperance. The Greek word translated temperance is egkrateia which on the other hand means self-control, so we can say that to our knowledge we should add self-control. Now, it is interesting to know that we are asked to add, not that God or Holy Ghost will add to us. This makes it a responsibility on the side of the believer. Why do we have to add these qualities? It is because they have been made available to us immediately we have accepted Christ by faith.

Therefore, as the heart or mind of the believer is yielded to the instructions of the Holy Ghost, he finds himself by knowledge adding these qualities and by so doing he is renewed. We are asked to add and as well put off in several places in the bible because it is within our reach to do so. And an attempt to neglect this instruction will affect the way and manner we conduct ourselves as believers. See Ephesians 4:22, Colossians 3:8-9. Self-control is very important in the life of believers because without this quality the beauty of being in Christ will definitely not be seen in his life.

Self-Control Is A Must Have:

A believer without self-control is very vulnerable and can walk into the trap of the enemy at any time. Though he is a believer his life will always be in a mess because he lacks how to control himself.  The word control here has to do with situations like temptations and advances of the enemy. A believer who lacks self-control often times finds himself in fisticuffs with believers and non-believers.  And such to a great deal demeans his status as a believer. Therefore, it is a matter of necessity for him to add self-control to his character.

The addition of this quality will bring out the beauty of who he is. The good news is that it doesn’t take a rocket science approach to be self-controlled. It simply means that someone should listen to the instruction of the Holy Ghost.  And the believer in question will draws from the deposit He has made in his spirit when situations arise. Also by reading and believing the word you have read from the pages of the bible. For instance, if you have read from the Bible that you shouldn’t have fisticuff with anybody, you better follow the instruction even in the face of such temptation. The believer has to stick to what the word says. And by so doing he cultures himself in that direction and it became a way of life for you.

Staying Put With What Has Been Taught:

Of course you have read or being instructed not to lie and situations are coming that lures one to lie, no matter what the consequence(s) of saying the truth portrays you should stay put with the truth. A self-controlled believer doesn’t swing like a pendulum. He anchors or pivots himself within what the Scripture has said; thereby maintaining his status as described in the Scripture. This depicts that a believer should not allow himself to be controlled by situation that crops up in his life. He should take control of the situation by superimposing his authority over it. Being resilient and adamant is the watch word here. This makes a self-controlled believer a principled person.

Of course not just a principled person but one who is principled within the dictums of the Scripture. A self-controlled believer can be seen as someone who is reliable and can be trusted with matters of great weight. And people can be assured that he will not mess things up. This is because the tendency for him to be tossed about with every wind of events is very rare. This disposition makes a believer that has self-control to stand trusted. When one is self-controlled is obvious that he can handle issues involving engagement in all facets of human endeavors. It points out that he can be a good leader, in the church, in the family and in the public institution.

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