Saturday, June 1, 2013
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law."
I love fruit. I am not eating it right now because of my contest prep, but I do love it. Ripe with antioxidants, fat burning, fueling recovery, some choice fruits are amazing for you clean diet!
I also love the choice fruit that the bible talks about above, the fruit of the spirit. MANY people know about the fruit of the spirit and talk about it as something all Christians should have and be reaping! Self control is a fruit that I have been told I am anointed with. A sweet preacher prayed over me once and told me I had an anointing of discipline, I believed her, but was only seeing a small harvest.
With our nutrition, exercise, time, social media, people strive for more self control. Other words for it are temperance, discipline, abstinence, steadfastness, moderation, willpower. It seems like the strongest people have it, they muster it from deep inside and STRIVE to achieve it.
But self control is a FRUIT.
In the simplest analogy fruit doesn't fall from the sky. It is PLANTED, WATERED, CULTIVATED, and harvested. That is a process, it is something that is DONE and it is work. "But I thought the Fruit of the Spirit was something that we just HAVE as a result of God in us!"
It is something we have, in that seed... we have it planted by God when we accept his spirit. We water it with time in the bible, we cultivate it as we go to church, refine and prune it's branches as we spend time with other Christians and grow in God and then we see the harvest.
HOW DO WE BECOME MORE SELF CONTROLLED?
We do it God's way. You can pray for more self control and God will put people and situations in your path that will allow you to LEARN self control. Yes, Learn, we can LEARN it. The analogy of planted fruit, watered, cultivated etc are ALL learning processes, situations.
FIRST, 1 Thessalonians, 1 Peter, Timothy, Titus, many books reference self control along with being alert, being aware. I Thessalonians says, "Let us not be like others who are asleep, be alert and self controlled." When we are alert and aware, we understand what is going on around us, we see things as they really ARE. We know what we are doing and we know WHY. Some people call it being "present".
I Peter says to be alert, clear minded. If we are NOT clear minded, we have others who can teach us, spiritual leaders, trainers, nutritionists, they can help us LEARN what we do not know, open our eyes and become ALERT and AWARE so we can grow.
Are you eating too much? Are you eating enough? Do you know how to find out? Do you eat mindlessly throughout the day? Do you graze? Do you eat when you are sad, when you are lonely, do you see patterns in your eating or can you ASK someone to help you see patterns. Do you workout only on rainy days, only when there is an event you are preparing for? Do you workout when you are stressed out, do you workout compulsively to fill a void? Do you feel your muscles and feel your body's strength when you workout or is it just so mentally hard that you can't differentiate the two?
Do you eat in the car, in front of the TV, OR do you sit, with a plate with the rest of your family at a table and enjoy your meal. These are questions you can ask yourself to become aware or alert to how you eat, when and WHY, and your activity habits. Once you do, you can seek to LEARN different methods. It's not really self-control, but a relearning of what you knew, the result will BE self-control.
Step one, be aware, be alert. Those without God are as if asleep, not aware, not self controlled. We are called Sons and Daughters of the day and of the light and God is requiring this of us, that is part of step two! Next week!
Where do you lack self control most? Have you prayed to learn self control?