SPIRIT-CONTROL: DO NOT LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT (Fruit of the Spirit 11)

A young girl was learning the fruits of the Spirit, so her father asked her to recite them to him. “Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and remote control,” was her reply.  That’s not exactly right, but it is much closer to the truth than we may realize.  You see, ‘self’ control doesn’t mean that self is IN control.  It means that self is UNDER control – under the control of the Holy Spirit.    We are born without self control.  Babies can’t control their muscles to walk or to feed themselves, they can’t control their bowels and they certainly can’t control their emotions.  Control needs to be learned – physically, emotionally and even spiritually. This fruit really should be called SPIRIT control, not self control.   So what does Spirit control really look like?  It is the ability to rule your personal life so that you are … Continue reading