Self-Control (Part 1) – Gospel in Life

Self-Control (Part 1)

Tim Keller |  April 8, 1990

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  • The Fall
  • Fruit of the Spirit
Galatians 5:19-26
RS 208-09

Genesis 3:1–7; 39:6–12

Looking at stories from the Bible about temptation and self-control, we learn that anything can start to control us if we let it. We should be comfortable with the idea of supernatural beings, both good and evil, because they’re a part of our faith. It’s also important to have a balanced view of the Devil’s role in our Christian life.

1. The attack

Temptation and addiction come from deep-rooted lies that can cause us to be bitter, depressed, and act in harmful ways. God’s Word tells us the truth, which can free us from these lies. It’s important to remember that we have a choice, and neither our own desires nor demonic forces can make us sin. Self-control comes from recognizing these lies and rejecting them.

2. The defense

Lies can make us think that doing wrong things will make us happier than doing right things, and this can affect many areas of our life. Real faith comes from putting Jesus at the centre of our life, not from seeking approval from others or coming to Him with wrong motives. It’s important to control our thoughts and stop them from turning into wrong actions. Sin often starts small and grows over time, especially in tough times, so we need to be alert.



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