Victory over Self
In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves…self-discipline with all of them came first. ~Harry S. Truman~
In order to lead a victorious life, we must first gain victory over ourselves. Our natural or fleshly instincts will always be toward self-gratification and motivated by desires that are both self-serving and destructive. True freedom can only come, when these desires are cast down and brought into submission and we begin to live according to His will.
Thought for the day
Recovery is all about personal change and spiritual growth. It is about coming out of the dark and into the light. How am I really doing…Am I spending more time living in and thinking about the light or the dark? When I rise each morning am I thinking of ways to serve Him or am I thinking with the mind of a selfish little clot? Am I satisfied with progress or am I willing to hold out hope and keep working for God’s perfect plan for me?
It’s almost the New Year…out with the old, in with the new. Let us all resolve to stop thinking of ourselves as people destined to bear the cross of addiction and start thanking God for the gift of a condition/disease that requires us to work at being the very best human beings we can. It is a real gift to get up in the morning and think about others, rather than ourselves.
The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts. ~Romans 13:12-14 (NASB)~
But I say, walk and live [habitually] in the [Holy] Spirit [responsive to and controlled and guided by the Spirit]; then you will certainly not gratify the cravings and desires of the flesh…For the desires of the flesh are opposed to the [Holy] Spirit, and the [desires of the] Spirit are opposed to the flesh…for these are antagonistic to each other [continually withstanding and in conflict with each other], so that you are not free but are prevented from doing what you desire to do. But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [that can bring a charge]. And those who belong to Christ Jesus (the Messiah) have crucified the flesh with its passions and appetites and desires. If we live by the [Holy] Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.
~Galatians 5:16,17,22-25 (Amp)~