Summer Fruit WEEK 9: Self Control Galatians 5:22-25 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. 1) Definitions of Self Control: Dictionary: ”Restraint exercised over one's own impulses, emotions, or desires.” Biblical: ”Self Control is an evidence of the presence of God in your life.” Matthew 5:27-30 "You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell. Isaiah 53:5 But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed." Romans 6:3-4 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. 1 Corinthians 6:12-14 “…I will not be dominated by anything. 13 “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. 1 Thessalonians 5:8 "…let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation." Proverbs 23:29-35 Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaining? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes? Those who tarry long over wine; those who go to try mixed wine. Do not look at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup and goes down smoothly. In the end it bites like a serpent and stings like an adder. Your eyes will see strange things, and your heart utter perverse things. You will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea, like one who lies on the top of a mast. “They struck me,” you will say, "but I was not hurt; they beat me, but I did not feel it. When shall I awake? I must have another drink." Biblical Principles about Drinking: -The Principle of Risks Depression Sadness Relational Friction Arguments Physical Issues Biblical Principles about Drinking: The Principle of Risks The Principle of God’s Temple The Principle of God’s Glory The Principle of Addiction The Principle of Offense Secular Warnings about Drinking: Health concerns Home concerns #1 domestic issue Children protective agencies Insurance concerns – Health/Auto Largest support groups in society Questions to Answer: Have you ever lost time from work because of drinking? Has drinking hindered the harmony in your home? Have you ever felt remorse after drinking? Have you ever hidden your drinking from others? Do you ever drink alone? Do you crave drinking at times when you are not in a position to be able to have a drink? Do you drink to escape worries? Have you been drunk in the last 6 months? Does your personality change when you are drinking? If you are a drinker, is your personality affected when you are not drinking? 1 Peter 1:15-17 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one's deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, Thank you so much for joining us in worship at First Free Will Baptist Church today. We hope your experience has been meaningful and that you will join us again soon!