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Boxing The Air: 1 Corinthians (Self Control)

Start:Jul 04, 2020

Duration:10 Minute(s)

Goal: this Cognitive Trail will improve the development of the spiritual fruit of self control.

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Summary: Investing in the fruit of self control.

Step 1

Read Galatians 5:22-23:

'But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.'

Are you ready to make your investment in the Fruit of Self Control?

Step 2

Read 1 Corinthians 9:24-27:

"Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we are imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified."

Step 3

Read 2 Timothy 1:7:

"...for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control."

This passage makes clear that the Holy Spirit, the spirit that 'God gave us' is characterized by Self-Control.

How much do you agree with this?

Step 4

Consider 2 Peter 1:3-11:

"His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."

This very rich passage ties self-control into a 'spiral of fruitfulness' unto the Lord Jesus Christ.

Read it again, meditate (and/or pray) for a few minutes, and then record your thoughts or revelations in the response area.

Step 5

Now, having studied God's Word on the subject, how important do you think self-control is as an indicator of spiritual maturity?

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