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Self-Control: What Everyone Should Know

There are numerous bible verses on self-control. The first one that comes to my mind is Galatians 5:23. ‘Meekness and temperance: against such, there is no law.’ The word temperance used in this verse is the Greek word egkrateia which means self-control, self-restraint, the one who master’s his desires and passions. There are many things that people can do that are natural pain killers and relaxants including. But when drugs whether natural or not, or alcohol is abused they become sin, idols, things we put ahead of family, responsibility, health and most importantly our relationship with God. Even cell phones are misused and become an obsession to the point that we ignore the person sitting next to us because our body craves the dopamine that is released into our body when we have successful social interactions such as when someone likes or comments on our post. Cell phones aren’t the only thing popular today that causes dopamine to be released into the body. There is also porn, internet use, alcohol, prescription drugs, and marijuana which trigger our bodies into releasing dopamine.

Below are 25 encouraging and powerful scriptures on self-control that can be read and reread or memorized that will help someone overcome the powerful addiction to dopamine, drugs, alcohol, porn, excessive internet use, and excessive cell phone use. Concentrating on these encouraging scriptures or even one of them that speaks to your heart will help you gain self-control. Take baby steps to recovery. If you fail, try again. Ask the holy spirit to take the addiction away from you. Someone with an addiction has to become rewired. The bible is the living word of God, it has power, and so does the holy spirit that God will fill you with if you ask him to after you accept Jesus as your Savior. If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved (Romans 8:9-10). The holy spirit is our helper. He teaches us, leads us and guides us. The holy spirit does not possess us but nudges us to to do the right thing, reminds us of scriptures and the right thing to do, condemning our heart when we do something wrong.

When we become a child of God by faith we overcoe sinful nature. We do not become perfect because we are still human but we know when we have sinned and with a contrite heart ask God to forgive us and he does. ‘But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of god living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all). Romans 8:9-10. Addiction can feel overpowering. Bad behavior and wrong attitudes can seem so controlling that we feel powerless to change but we have help. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things. Galatians 5:22-23. You are not without hope. You do not have to give in to your sinful nature which can lead to problems with employment, family relationships, your role as a spouse or parent, or having a nasty and selfish attitude. You can change through the power of the holy spirit and submit yourself to Christ and the living word of God, the Holy Bible.

Encouraging scripture on self-control:
1 Corinthians 9:25, 1 Corinthians 10:13, 1 Thessalonians 5:6, 2 Timothy 1:7, Philippians 4:13, Proverbs 16:32, Proverbs 18:2, Proverbs 25:28, Titus 1:8, Isaiah 55:10-11, Romans 12:1-2, Philippians 4:8-9, James 1:9-21, 1 Peter 5:6-8, 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, 1 Corinthians 6:12-20, Ephesians 6:10-20, Galatians 5:13-26, Titus 2:1-15.

I encourage you in the name of Jesus to be the best that you can be in Christ. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. Philippians 4;13.

Lisa C

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Jesus is the Bread Of our Life

Have you ever thought about the phrase in the Lord’s prayer that states ‘give us this day our daily bread’ (Matthew 6:11)? The word BREAD in this scripture is the Greek word ARTOS. Artos is defined as ‘to fit together’ and ‘the loaf at the Lord’s supper.’ Jesus is the Bread of God and of Life (John 6:33,35).

When we ask God to give us this day our daily bread we’re not merely asking God to give us the things we need to stay alive like bread and water. Staying alive is defined as ‘not dead or inanimate (lifeless).’ We are not meant to just stay alive; to live without purpose or imagination or passion like an animal whose instincts are to scavenge for food, water, and shelter from the elements.

God (Yahweh, Abba (Father) in Hebrew-the word god can represent the Christian God or the word god can be anything or anyone that we value more than Yahweh or the word god can represent in other certain religions a divine being who shows favor for humans. We have a personal relationship with God. He has a name.

Our heavenly father, the Creator, provides for us the bread of life, what we need. He can give you the bread that you need to be independent. He can give you the bread that you need to be strong and to deal with difficult things. He can give you the bread that you need to be dependable. He can give you the bread that you need to be an ambassador for Christ. He can give you the bread you need to have the energy and strength to get through the day. He can give you the mental stability and peace and perseverance that you need to deal with difficult people or sickly, weak people who are dependent on you. He can give you the bread that you need to open up your heart to a situation or a possibility or another person or him.

According to God’s word his children are healed, the salt of the earth, the light of the world, given peace, part of the true vine-a channel of Christ life, chosen and appointed by Christ to bear his fruit, given glory, righteous, free from commendation, a joint heir with Christ, a son or daughter of Yahweh, have faith and the list goes on and on. We are victorious through Christ.

Before we were saved, accepted Christ as our Lord and Savior, we had a spirit. Now we have an eternal living spirit. When we received the holy ghost our spirit and the holy ghost became as one. We don’t bear the fruit of the spirit through our own efforts. The fruit of the spirit is a gift. We are love. We are joy. We are patient. We are peace. We are gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance (have self-control).

You are eternally loved and made in Yahweh’s image. Yahweh is love (1 John 4:8). We are love. According to the word when we ask Yahweh for wisdom he gives it to us generously (James 1:5). Ask and you will receive. Are your heart and mind in alignment with God’s will? What is your passion or heart? What do you do to help or minister to others and to witness to others about Christ and eternal life? Jesus is the bread of life, BREAD OF OUR LIFE, everything we need to do and be and to fulfill the plan that he has for us.

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Jigsaw Puzzle

Life is like a jigsaw puzzle
Each moment is a piece.
Some are filled with laughter
Others filled with grief.

We can only see glimpses of what
Was and what will be
Would you rather trust God
Or fuss over a little piece

God can see put entire life
From beginning until end
Enjoy all the good parts
Give all the bad to him.

He is more capable than we
To fit the pieces together
We only see little glimpses
But he sees everything.

Written by
Lisa Lisa Collier Clewis
18May2016

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Couples Leading Couples to Christ

One of our duties as Christians is to lead other people to Christ. Christian couples can work together to lead other couples to Christ. By working together and communicating, Christian couples can not only make a positive impact in the lives of others they can grow stronger in their personal walk with Christ and their marriage will grow stronger. (But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: 1 Peter 3:15)
A relationship with God or another individual is not something that comes wrapped in a neat little package. We have to let go of old ways and replace them with new ways. We have to change our way of thinking and let go of old mindsets.
Some carnal people are worldly and materialistic. Winning people to Christ who think they have everything and highly value material things or people who think they have nothing and never will have anything is sometimes difficult. Carnal couples who have materialistic values and who think that their main goal in life is to accumulate material things instead of concentrating on their eternal life and the relationship that they are in are often surrounded with drama and bitterness when they don’t get or have what they want. In some marriages they blame each other for past tragedies or broken dreams when in reality they only know how they feel and don’t have a clue about how their spouse feels. Sometimes they hold grudges and lash out at each other with selfishness and anger. They do not have that godly, unconditional love and the ability to forgive and move forward that comes with knowing Christ as your personal savior and putting on the mind of Christ.
So how do we lead other couples to Christ? What do we have that they want and how do we guide them to God’s word? We have a godly, unconditional love. We have peace of mind and can deal with what life throws us because when we are weak, he is strong. We have harmony in our lives and in our marriage. By us setting the example, other couples realize that we put our trust in God and put God first. They see that trust, mutual respect, unconditional love, open communication, selflessness and forgiveness are possible for them. It is love, peace, inner joy and harmony that they see and experience when they are around us. We can teach them so much by showing them that they are loved and cared about and not judged or condemned. We lead people to Christ by setting an example and by speaking God’s word.
When people see Christ in you and want that love, peace, joy and hope that they see in you the walls will come crashing down and they will want to hear about Jesus and what he has done for you. Then you will be able to guide them to God’s Word by speaking truth to them in love, sharing scripture with them, sharing your testimony with them and inviting them to church. But don’t let it stop when they start going to church. Continue to love them and nurture them. Continue to set an example for them. Have prayer meetings in your home, sing psalms together, share some home cooked meals with rich conversation for dessert. Build a relationship with your new family in Christ.
The following scriptures will help you as you share your faith in Jesus Christ with others. (1) Acts 3:19 KJV Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord: (2) 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (3) Galatians 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. (4) John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: (5) John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (6) John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. (7) John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (8) 1 John 1:9 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: (9) 1 John 4:10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (10) Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. (11) Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (12) Romans 10:9-11 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

Written By Lisa Clewis

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Heartache or Heartfelt

Are you heartbroken, lonely or do you feel dejected? Do you feel unloved or unappreciated? Does it seem like everyone is against you?

There have been times when my heart felt empty like a deflated balloon, depleted from what it needed most. I have complained that people have taken from me until I had nothing left to give. But it was I who was in control and had the power to say no but did not or maybe did but allowed myself to be sucked back in.

I have prayed for God to intervene in relationships; to make someone love me, to help me end a relationship that was not right for me, and for someone to appreciate me. I have prayed for someone to leave me alone, to include me, to pay attention to me, and to pay me no mind. But I have found that just like God gives us the freedom to choose him or to not choose him, to live for him or to not live for him; he gives everyone the freedom to treat others good or bad.

I have gone to God in tears because I was in despair. I have prayed for God to change someone’s heart towards me, for a kind word of encouragement, a little of their time, or to be treated with love and respect instead of disdain. The fact is that God does not control Jim, Jill or Jenny anymore than he does me.

I have the freedom to treat people how I want to and so do you and so does everyone else. There is nothing wrong with praying for God to change someone’s heart. Pray for God’s will to be done in someone’s heart and life. And there is nothing wrong with having a need or needing to be healed emotionally. But it is beneficial to us that we learn to love and give love without expecting anything in return. Our fulfillment and completeness comes from having a close relationship with our heavenly father. It is not serendipitous that we find what we need from someone or somewhere other than where we are looking. Or that sometimes what we need shows up when we least expect it. God wants to give us our hearts desire but he will not force someone to give us what we need or want.

There have been so many times when a kind word from a stranger, or a hug from a little child, or a pleasant conversation that distracted me from my thoughts just totally and completely filled me up and made me forget that I was sad. I am a firm believer that sometimes God uses people to answer our prayers but God can not use just anyone.

The people that God uses have certain characteristics. They are loving, kind and thoughtful. They have a need to help others and are empathetic, understanding human needs and the human heart. Does that sound familiar? Does that sound like you?

I have heard people say how fulfilling it is to help others by offering their time to a good cause. Perhaps when we busy ourselves with someone else’s needs we stop looking for someone to fill our needs. When we busy ourselves by helping other’s we stop concentrating on oneself. I believe that when we get our head out of the pot of scorched beans we lift our eyes and see what else is available to us and then God can bless us and fill us up.

The person, or relationship or material thing that we are stressing over does not have any power to make us feel one way or the other. We give power to circumstances or to people to hurt us or throw us for a loop by concentrating all of our time and energy on what is wrong in that particular situation instead of concentrating on what is right in the world or what we can do to make a positive difference. Do not fret over what if. State what is and accept it. Then find a way to help others.Give your heart totally and completely to God and give him all of your worries and cares. Allow God to meet your needs. I guarantee that when you learn to do this you will find peace beyond all understanding, inner joy and fulfillment, and faith that leads to small miracles.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. Philippians 4:8

Written by Lisa Collier Clewis

lisa.clewis@live.com

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