Monday, March 11, 2019

Devotional for Monday, March 11, 2019
“The Power of Self Control”
only with the help of god
by Dona Hake
Some things are easier than others, and some things take a lot of patience and time.  Some may require more determination and self control in order to go forward.   I will never forget hearing a man’s testimony of his extreme weight loss.  He weighed over 600 lbs. and over a period of time was able to lose 400 of those pounds.   It was amazing to see his before and after, and might I add that his story was such an inspiration.   Before he lost the weight, he  had basically given up and just stayed at home.   All he did was play online video games.  He ended up friending a woman on the other side of his gaming world, and they played video games and interacted together.    Over the course of time she had come to know his weight situation as they chatted and this is all she said…”You are throwing your life away…”   Those six words inspired, and challenged his heart!    He made some real tough decisions and it was a slow but sure victory.  His decision required him to commit to some tough self discipline.   
One can be tempted to fear of failure in such a situation as this gentleman.   You know anyone of us could be faced with a situation in which we have to change some things in our life for the sake of our health or other reasons.   One thing for sure and that is when we have a solid purpose in any decision to change, know this… as we invite our Lord along to be  our Helper we do not have to be afraid of failure.   The Holy Spirit will come along side of us and lead us in our journey, and our determination and discipline will cause us to win and not fail!   
2 Timothy 1:7
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.”
Today I encourage your heart to ponder that God has made it possible that we are able to tap into the power of His way of self control and discipline.    He is  able to help us accomplish our goals as we purpose our heart to be disciplined for Him in every area of our life.   God is able to help us do above and beyond all we dare ask or think!   By His power,  we can do that which may seem impossible in Jesus Name!