October 07, 2018 AM
Dr. Michael Catt - 1870
#8 in series
Self-Control in an Out-of-Control World
In the last message, we talked about the fruit of gentleness and how it is reflected in the life of the believer living in a harsh and hostile culture. We learned that gentleness is not weakness or passivity, but it implies “a soothing quality, a thoughtful and considerate outlook, when our passions are harnessed for the service of men and God.” We were reminded to be humble before God, be gentle with others, and be witnesses of the grace, love, and forgiveness of God.
For further study, this series is available on the Sherwood app or online at sherwoodbaptist.net/sermons.
“That kind of uncontrolled life lets people give in to self-indulgence, sexual gratification, pride, glutony, and so on. Self-control is the opposite of those kinds of sinful behaviors.” – Tim Riter
I. THE BATTLE FOR CONTROL IS REAL
The Scriptures clearly teach this conflict and the possibilities of overcoming in the power of the Spirit:
1) Before we were born again, we possessed a sinful, fallen, depraved nature called “the flesh.”
2) When we were born again we received a new nature, a spiritual nature, “the new man.”
3) Every Christian, therefore, possesses two natures – the old and the new. The old we inherited from Adam, the new we received in Christ as Lord and Savior.
4) These two natures, which co-exist within every Christian, are exact opposites and in constant conflict with one another.
5) The old fleshly nature manifests itself in works or deeds which are corrupt, depraved, and self-serving.
6) The Holy Spirit, who lives in us, manifests the new nature, “the fruit of the Spirit.”
7) The key to victory is for us to abide in Christ and let the fruit of the Spirit grow in our lives.
II. THE BATTLE IS A DAILY DECISION TO FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT
“The word means self-command and denotes the right attitude of mind, heart, and life, in reference to those objects in the world which naturally call forth our desires, whether it be pleasure, profit, or reputation.” – John Brown
Questions to Ask Ourselves:
Have a Battle Plan:
(Develop your strategy. Your priorities will move you in the right direction.)