Proverbs 25:28

“He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.”

There is one thing that will get you into trouble every time it flares its ugly head, and that is an absence or deficiency of the discipline of self-control. Self-control or “temperance”, as it is mentioned in the Scripture, is a direct attribute of the Holy Spirit. We see it in the Fruits of the Spirit in Galatians chapter 5. Self-control is moderation in action, thought, or feeling. It is the ability to restrain the flesh. It is habitual moderation of the appetites or passions. Self-control is important.

King Solomon even says that someone who is not able to control or temper their lives is without any defence from the spiritual enemy. We become like a city with broken down walls and no defenses if we cannot control ourselves. We can, therefore, try to build within ourselves discipline, but most of the time this is not enough to ward off the attacks of the enemy. What we need is a temperance that is supernatural.

The way to have genuine self-control is to get it straight from God. It is an attribute of God, and when we “walk in the Spirit”, God comes in and shines Himself through us and we reflect genuine temperance. To have the Fruits of the Spirit showing themselves through us is a result of walking in the Spirit. Genuine Godly self-control is one of these things.

Don’t be like a city with no defense, open to the enemy’s attacks. Ask the Lord to give you Godly temperance. In this way, you can brave anything the enemy throws at you.

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When you got the right kind of temperance, like He had, it'll vulcanize. If you haven't, just a man-made halfway, soused-up belief, or temperance, "Oh, I ought to slap him down, but—but maybe I better not, 'cause they might put my name in the paper about it." That ain't the kind of temperance He's talking about. Don't try to add that. It won't work. But when you can really, with the sweetness from your heart, forgive every man, hold your peace, let it be gone, see, then it'll vulcanize. You can add that to your faith. Whew!

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