Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Strong beyond my Will Power

Will power is a very good thing.  How much do you have?  The bible tells us there is something better than will power.  It is called self-control and it is a “fruit of the spirit”.   Galatians 5:22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control.  Thank you, Holy Spirit!

This world offers us many things, and we are free to do what we want.  We are free to follow every whim.  But you know your heart has been changed when you want to do the right thing, the good thing, the loving and mature thing.  Falling in love with Jesus changed my “want to”.   Plus it provided a strength beyond my own.

So when the next thing that seems like a harmless thrill presents itself, pause.  Pray first.  Let the Holy Spirit help you make your decision.   That is where the strength comes from.  Turn your thoughts to God.   Simple prayers are a powerful connection to Him. "Lord, guide me", "Lord, help me", or simply whispering "Jesus" are all it takes.  Too easy, I know.

Do you notice that your car speedometer goes to 150?  Do you spend all your money on cookies?  Do you take everything that is offered to you?  See, you already have a measure of self-control.  Follow God and he will provide the rest.   

Change my heart, Oh God.