I’m Daniel Whyte III and you’re listening to The Man in the Mirror, Episode 87
This podcast is directed to all young people, but primarily to young black men, young black women, and their parents. We are thankful for all the people who are standing up for justice and racial equality. But this podcast is about the man in the mirror. What are you doing for the glory of God, to make life better for others, for your family, and for yourself? This podcast is about living life in such a way that it cuts back on the chance of being harassed or killed by the authorities or anyone else and helps you to live the good life of peace and joy.
Psalm 119:9 says, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”
Jim Rohn said, “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.”
Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”
In keeping with our theme of dealing with the man (or woman) in the mirror, we are going to continue discussing the building of important biblical character traits in your life. Today, we are looking at the quality of Self Control, Part 1 from the Institute in Basic Life Principles.
Self-Control vs. Self-Indulgence
Self-control is instant obedience to the initial promptings of God’s Spirit.
The Biblical term for self-control is temperance. The Greek word for temperance is eg-kra-tei-a, which means “restraining and controlling one’s self.” It is the virtue of one who masters his desires and passions.
Self-control is the inward strength to bring all physical appetites under the control of the Holy Spirit. A word related to eg-kra-tei-a is eg-kra-teu-o-mai, which describes the rigid self-discipline practiced by athletes who are intent on winning the prize.
The Vital Importance of Self-Control
Self-control is essential for any believer who wants to excel in the Christian life and receive honor from the Lord. Paul used the analogy of a runner in a race. I Corinthians 9:24–25 says, “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things”.
Paul then emphasized the eternal value of self-control and the personal sacrifice he was making to achieve it. I Corinthians 9:25–27 says, “Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway”.
The Opposite of Self-Control
The Biblical antonym of eg-kra-teu-o-mai (temperate) is a-kra-tes. It means “powerless, incontinent,” unable to withstand or resist the desires and passions of human appetite. Paul describes this condition in Romans 7:15, 19, 24: “That which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. … For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. … O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?”.
Now, in closing, in order to be saved — in order to get right with God — you cannot look at the man in the mirror, but the Man Christ Jesus. First Timothy 2:5 says, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here is how.
John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that -whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can have a home in Heaven. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
God bless you.