12 Weeks of Prayer Week 6 Day 2
LET US NOT BE RECKLESS
By Justin N. Citro
"A man without self-control is a city with no walls."
Self-control is especially important for the Christian, but it is also vital when it comes to self-defense, for we are most vulnerable when we do not practice self-control. Rage also a contributing factor when it comes to self-control for it is exceedingly difficult without the mindset of Christ to control rage. Rage and anger walk hand in hand figuratively speaking, and they are emotions driven by hatred.
So, how do we as Christians learn self-control? The first point in learning self-control is asking the Holy Spirit to produce the fruit of self-control within us (Galatians 5:22-25). and according to 2 Timothy 1:7, which says, "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind," it is God who produces self-control in us by the power of His Holy Spirit. Here is the problem: we have self-control within us, and because we are children of God and because the Holy Spirit dwells within us, we need to activate and practice self-control. The second point is found in Proverbs 25:28 which states, "A man without self-control is a city with no walls," and when we have no self-control that leads to recklessness; how can God use us if we are reckless? The Bible says in 1 Peter 4:7, "But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer." In this verse, Peter is saying that we must be sober minded for the end of the world is near and we must also be watchful in prayer. This passage speaks volumes for the world, as we are watching the end times unfold, we are seeing an increasing number of Christians losing their God-given minds and turning into reckless people. The Bible is clear about this occurring in the last days, this why we must be (1) Constantly checking ourselves and making sure we are not being reckless. (2) Be aware of the world around us for the days are surely evil. And (3) Be in prayer making sure we are sinless and blameless. Brothers and Sisters, I encourage you in this: Make sure you practice self-control, so you do not become reckless for in these last days we cannot afford to be reckless. Heavenly Father, I thank You for everything You have done in me, and I know You will continue Your work in me. Father, please forgive me for my recklessness. I ask for help in practicing self-control. In Jesus' Name, Amen!