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Paul warned against the consequences of not exercising self-control concerning the self-indulgent lifestyle of ungodliness: “Do not be deceived: Evil company corrupts good habits. Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame” (1 Cor. 15:33-34).
Our need for self-control is two-fold (Gal. 5:23). First, self-control (temperance, KJV) is imperative in order to reject temptation and avoid sin. Inasmuch as “each man is tempted, when he is drawn away by his own lust and enticed” and “the lust, when it hath conceived, beareth sin; and the sin, when it is fullgrown, bringeth forth death,” the ability to master one’s desires and passions is critical to combating temptation (Jas. 1:14-15). The word translated “self-control” is defined as “the virtue of one who masters his desires and passions, especially his sensual appetites” (Thayer, 167). Resisting the devil involves subjection to God and includes self control. Secondly, self-control is needed to help us to actually do what is right. It is not enough to restrain ourselves from evil. We must also gain mastery over ourselves in order to achieve good things for God. Peter instructs us to add self-control to our knowledge (2 Pet. 1:6). So then, self-control is the ability to govern oneself to practice what is learned. Knowing God’s word without doing God’s word is of no spiritual profit (Eph. 5:17; Matt. 7:21). By developing a mastery over our desires and passions we at once prevent evil and promote good in our hearts and lives.
Naturally, self-control will help one conform himself into the image of Christ. “I have been crucified with Christ” includes putting to death selfish and sinful desires so that Christ “lives in me” (Gal. 2:20). The Christian’s life of sacrifice and self-control is accomplished through faith: “and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God…” Without dispute, “those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires” (Gal. 5:24).
Developing self-control is easy to put off. Like Felix, we convince ourselves the future is a better time to start the task of conforming our desires and passions to divine truth (Acts 24:25). In the absence of unwavering commitment, self-control is rarely exhibited. We must hasten to “put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts” (Rom. 13:14). Through faith we will be victorious over selfishness and direct our passions toward the things of God (1 Jno. 5:3-4).
In the context of Jehovah revealing His uniqueness and supremacy to the Persian king, Cyrus, God claimed that He created the earth and “formed it to be inhabited” (Isaiah 45:18). As we learn more about our Earth and other planets, the more we observe that life is peculiar to Earth. To men traveling in the parched darkness of space, the Earth’s bluish-green hue appears as an oasis for life.
The Earth tilts 23.3 degrees. If it were a 90 degree angle, much of the Earth’s surface would become a dry desert. The poles would become vast continents of massive snow and ice. This added weight would force the equator to bulge, and change drastically the Earth’s rotation.
As is, the Earth rotates at the right speed - about 1,000 miles per hour. If it turned much slower, life would eventually die due to too much heat during the long days, and extreme cold during the extended nights.
The Earth also orbits around the sun at the right speed. It takes the Earth 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes and 45.51 seconds to make one round trip. If the speed were much faster, then centrifugal force would pull the Earth away from the sun, causing very cold temperatures. If the Earth traveled much slower, then we would drift too close to the sun causing Earth’s temperatures to be extremely hot.
The sun’s surface temperature is 12,000 degrees. If we were closer to the sun, like the next planet, Venus, we would be roasting in an average temperature of 1,006 degrees. The Earth, being some 93 million miles away from the sun, enjoys an average temperature of 59 degrees.
One factor helping to keep temperatures constant for Earth is the enormous bodies of water upon the Earth. Some 70 percent of the globe’s surface is covered by water. These vast pools absorb the heat during the day and release it during the night, keeping the Earth’s surface habitable at all times.
tilts, rotates and orbits at the right angle and speed. It possesses vast
temperature stabilizers. These all combine to make the Earth a place to
dwell. God says that He designed and created it for that purpose.
(Glad Tidings, May, 1985)
In what Book and Chapter do you find these events?
You can find the complete outline of this sermon at BIBLE ANSWERS
Scripture Reading: Daniel 3:13-18
1. The simplicity of NT
Christianity (Phil. 2:12-13), Heb. 11:1, 6; Lk. 6:46; Eph. 2:10.
I. TO GIVE & SUSTAIN LIFE.
A. God’s Power Displayed in Creation, Psa. 33:6-9; Acts 17:24-28 (Heb. 11:3).
II. TO SAVE OUR SOULS – 2 Cor. 5:17-21.
A. Salvation is Only from God, 5:18, 21 (Col. 2:12); Acts 4:12 (Rom. 1:16).
III. TO DELIVER US – cf. Dan. 3:24-27.
the Trials of Faith, Dan. 3:17-18 (cf. Psa. 33:16-22); Rom. 8:31-39.
IV. TO REWARD US – cf. Dan. 3:28-30.
Eternal Life, Titus 1:2; Jas. 1:12.
V. TO PUNISH.
A. God will Punish Sinners for their Sins – 2 Ths. 1:8-9 (Rom. 6:23); 2 Pet. 2:4-5; 3:5-7.
ConclusionPsa. 62:8-12 – Trust in God at all times – He is able to respond to & meet your needs.
In southern India the poisonous, milky sap of the oleander plant is used to kill newborn girls. The practice of female infanticide in the Salem District of Tamil Nadu is “rooted in a complex mix of economic, social and cultural factors” writes Uma Girish (“For India’s daughters, a dark birth day,” The Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 9, 2005). “Nearly 60 percent of girls born in Salem District are killed within three days of birth,” and that “doesn’t count the growing number of abortions there to ensure a girl baby won’t be carried to term” (Ibid.).
Whether male or female, such is murder, pure and simple. The Jewish women wept and mourned over their slaughtered infants as did the Bethlehem mothers (Jer. 31:15; Matt. 2:17-18). But in present-day India, 20 out of every 100 unborn are killed because they are the wrong gender. Abortion is a lucrative business. Couple that with an anti-girl bias and you have the makings of the current infanticide.
We draw away with horror from this practice (which is also occurring in other countries). But, are we being careful to raise our daughters (and sons) in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Eph. 6:4)? Our society shuns the Biblical roles of women and men as antiquated and wrong. Some recoil at wedding vows that have the bride promising to “obey” her husband (even though the Bible commands submissive obedience to the husband, Tit. 2:5; 1 Pet. 3:5-6).
If we fail to instill God’s pattern of womanhood in our daughters are we not guilty of bringing spiritual death upon them? Shouldn’t that disturb us, too?
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