My ladies’ Bible study group recently finished up Beth Moore’s study, “Living Beyond Yourself“. I missed several weeks of it, as I got bored and let myself stay home. 😦 Mind you, I also was busy for a few of those weeks with an online course I took, so that’s more of a valid excuse. LOL
Anyway. The last week was on self-control, and as that’s something I struggle with a lot — especially in the area of eating — I figured I’d better get the homework done, and show up for the DVD session. So, I did.
And, these are my notes (some quoted directly out of the book) from that week:
* Self-control is the decision to remain within the boundaries of victory
* our god is whatever we worship (focus on)
* obsession over the physical body is IDOLATRY!
* from a strictly biblical point of view, physical fitness is probably more about FREEDOM than about size
* Satan wants us to be addicted to things (food, pop, exercise, people, etc) ~ we lose our focus on God and then don’t trust God to free us from those addictions
* we need to find the size that’s right for us ~ the one where we don’t have to obsess about every bite that we put into our mouths, but where we also aren’t totally neglecting our bodies, either.
* one of our goals should be to recapture the lost art (practice) of MODERATION!
* self-control is our protection against the attacks of the enemy … he can’t “steal, kill, and destroy” us if we aren’t giving in to his schemes.
* 1 Corinthians 6:12 ~ “”Everything is permissible for me”—but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible for me”—but I will not be mastered by anything.”
* Awake every morning to the challenge: “Choose…this day whom you will serve!” (Joshua 24:15)
* any day not surrendered to the Spirit is virtually surrendered to the flesh by default! We will slip back into what comes most naturally for us: our sin nature.
* if we are completely cleansed and yielded to God, we will be submissive to His will, we’ll be restrained, and we will be self-controlled.
* Genesis 4:7 ~ “…sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.”
* our choosing to eat in moderation, and to exercise our physical bodies, is an act of worship to God ~ we are caring for the temple of the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 6:19, 20)
* 1 Corinthians 10:31 ~ “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
* it is not God’s will for us to be mastered by anything other than Him. He wants us to be free from obsession (over eating, over how we look, etc).
* Galatians 5:1 ~ “So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.“