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Do We Share the Fruit of Self Control?

Updated: Feb 8, 2023


Ladies, the Bible talks about running a race in the Christian vernacular, so using that same language, we know we need a solid character to train for our race. The Holy Spirit has given us the tools to build that solid character called spiritual gifts, talents, and the fruit of the Spirit (NKJV).

Let’s use those resources, gifts, and tools to build ourselves up for a tough race and a strong finish!


Women in the military have a long and rich history! Sometimes we believe we have unique experiences that men typically do not have. As a Christian woman and Veteran, I would say a specific time is the time of menstruation and childbearing for many women. In the Bible, God created everything, including Adam and Eve, and he wonderfully fashioned them for each other. Therefore women have always had distinct roles to play in life from men.


We will cover more ground together as we continue the Spiritual gifts series. For this study, your Bible is your compass so let it be your guide. I am excited to share this information so we can learn and grow together!


So, ladies, do you consistently add fruits to your daily Christian diet? I am not talking about the occasional fresh fruit you get when you go out to eat, and I am indeed not chatting about can fruits. Most of us grew up hearing fruits should be an essential part of our daily diet for various reasons. I am here to say we should be consuming a different fruit as Christians. Let’s eat the fruit of the Holy Spirit,

which will enrich our spiritual diets in many ways. Enjoy the fruit of self-control!


 

Philippians 2

Lights in the World

12 Therefore, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, so now, not only in my presence but even more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For it is God who is working in you both to will and to work according to his good purpose. 14 Do everything without grumbling and arguing, 15 so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God who are faultless in a crooked and perverted generation, among whom you shine like stars in the world, 16 by holding firm to the word of life. Then I can boast in the day of Christ that I didn’t run or labor for nothing.

Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

 

Sisters, is it possible for us to consume a daily diet of all the Holy Spirit’s fruits? While I do not know the answer to that question, I believe it is our responsibility to eat the fruit of self-control continuously! We should remain flexible and pliable so the Holy Spirit can do his work in us.

 

The Fruit of the Holy Spirit – What is self-control?

The last characteristic listed in Galatians 5:22-23 as a fruit of the Spirit is self-control. The fruit of the Spirit is the change in our character that comes about because of the Holy Spirit’s work in us. We do not become a Christian on our own, and we cannot grow on our own. Philippians 2:13 says that "it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure."

Every good thing we do is the fruit of the Spirit’s work in our lives.

Self-control (“temperance” in the KJV) is, of course, the ability to control oneself. It involves moderation, constraint, and the ability to say “no” to our baser desires and fleshly lusts.

 

The Christian race is not always for the swiftest runner but for the one who runs steadily without

growing weary.

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