Daily Reading : 1 Corinthians  9:24-27

Key Verse : 1 Corinthians 9:25 : And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.

What does it mean to have self control? In Greek it means “En Kratos.” ‘En’ means ‘in’ and ‘Kratos’ means ‘the power or the strength.’ Someone who has self control is someone who has the power over him/herself. Self control is one of the greatest ability that we could have. This ability will grow when we dwell closely to the Lord Jesus. Self control for Christians means showing an increase level in their spiritual maturity. This is a characteristic that enables oneself to control temptation, tongue, and emotions over fleshly desires. To be someone who can control him/herself in everything takes process. Self control and discipline is something that cannot be separated. Paul illustrated life as an arena, where we need to fight and have self control in everything so that we can reach the finish line and to receive the price that has been prepared for us. Let the Holy Spirit take control over our lives so that we may be able to have self control in everything and that our lives may become a good example for everyone.

Discipline and self control are two critical factors to have in order for us to win this battle of life.

Daily Action :
Starting from today, I will try my best to hold back my emotion and mouth whenever something that displeases my heart happens.

Daily Declaration :
Proverbs 16:32b: He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.

Daily Prayer :
I will pray so the Lord will give me the ability to control myself in every situation and for me to diligently declare the word of God in a positive way to edify myself