Thursday January 9th 2020
Memorise: He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls. Proverbs 25:28
Read: Proverbs 16:32 (KJV)
32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.
Bible in one year:
Job 21-23, Hymn:
Sing hymn 13
When we talk about addiction, it is not only a matter of hard drugs. Anger is also something that many people find difficult to control in their lives.
The Bible says that those who don’t have any control over their anger are in the same category as those who say there is no God; they are all fools.
“Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteh in the bosom of fools.”
Another seemingly subtle addiction that needs to be controlled is lust. For some men, a lady cannot pass by without them feasting on her body with their eyes. Lust is dangerous as it is equal to adultery and Proverbs 6:26 says adultery will reduce the value of any man to a piece of bread.
Yet another one that needs to be controlled is inordinate ambition. It is good to be ambitious, but having so much ambition that it takes over your mind and your walk with God is dangerous. If you want a promotion so badly that you are willing to commit sin to get it, you need to put your ambition in check. Jesus said in Matthew 6:19-20 that treasures stored on earth will be destroyed or stolen, but if you store up your treasures in heaven, if your ambitions are heaven-related, then you are on the right track. Your spending also needs to be controlled. Many people cannot keep money for a long time. As they get it, they spend it. This attitude tends to poverty and must be controlled. Proverbs 21:20 says:
“There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.”
Many cannot control how many time they spend on social media. Whenever they pick up their phones, they can be on social media for the next one hour even when they have very important things to do. When they wake up in the morning, instead of praying, the first thing they pick up is their phone. Whatever you cannot control in your life is controlling you. Keep your body under subjection (1st Corinthians 9:27).
Father, give me grace to put everything that should be controlled in my life under control.
Open Heavens Daily Devotional Lessons was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical Churches in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries.
The Elevation Church (TEC) has been set up by God to develop its members as witnesses of Christ while empowering them to achieve the highest levels of distinction in life, led by Pastor Godman Akinlabi, the church is based in Nigeria with multiple expressions in Lagos.