Good Morning God. Thank you for breathing life into my body today. I appreciate the fact that you love me enough to give me another day to bring you Glory. Thank you Lord, for allowing my family to see another 4th of July holiday. I pray that everyone will get the chance to be with family, friends, and loved ones. I pray that they will be safe and enjoy each other. Let no hurt, harm, or danger come to them or their homes today. In Jesus name,
I declare that today I will display characteristics that makes God proud.
But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
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Bible Reading: Ephesians 5:10-14
Steer clear of the fruitless activities of darkness; let your lives expose their futility. (Ephesians 5:11)
CHOOSE HOW YOU would respond in each situation.
You’re stranded on a desert island, and you’re desperate to escape. Suddenly a small plane appears, far away on the horizon. You
Simple. All of the above would be fruitless. Doing any of those things would accomplish exactly the opposite of what you were shooting for.
That’s right. One of the big problems with drugs, alcohol, or tobacco is that they accomplish the exact opposite of self-control. Those substances tend to take control away from you so that after you’ve begun using drugs, for example, you’re no longer self-controlled, you’re drug-controlled. If you drink too much alcohol, you’re no longer self-controlled, you’re alcohol-controlled. And once you make tobacco use a habit, you’re no longer self-controlled, you’re nicotine-controlled.
That’s what makes those things so dangerous and so undesirable. They’re fruitless activities; they accomplish the opposite of what God commands: self-control.
REFLECT: Some things are wrong because they hinder self-control. What things besides drugs, alcohol, and tobacco hinder self-control? How can you resist or avoid surrendering control of yourself to anything or anyone other than God?
PRAY: “God, show me those things that threaten to take control away from me, and help me, by your Spirit, to avoid them.”
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