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02/23/2010

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"And to goodness, knowledge, and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance" (2 Pet. 1:6)

We generally look at the apostle Paul's list in Galatians 5:22 & 23 as the "fruits of the spirit." I guess that this is Peter's list of spiritual traits that we should strive to make a part of our make-up. I know that I have taken a few traits "out of context" this morning, but please bear with me...We notice that perseverance follows self-control. It is as if perseverance requires self-control to be attained. If you figured that out, you get this morning's star. Self-control is a short term thing....A minute by minute, day by day thing! It is something that we must constantly be mindful of in our personal lives and our relationships with others. Are any of you old enough to remember playing "Mother May I" as a child? It involved asking "Mother," if you could take an amount of baby steps or giant steps. The trait of self-control involves the baby steps which we must take before we are ready for the bigger ones.

As self-control is exercised day by day, we are able to learn perseverance. Perseverance can be looked at as the giant step(s). It is what sustains us over the long haul of life. If we want to learn more about our Bibles, they must be read on a daily basis. This requires constant self-control. Soon, this good habit becomes an integral part of our lives and perseverance is attained. It works in all areas. Study, prayer and service only become a constant in our lives, when we exercise the self-control necessary to keep them there. We must be careful not to attempt giant steps before we've mastered the baby ones. It is much like the person who hasn't worked out in a while, getting started on an exercise regimen. You can't get in shape in one workout! If you make the first workout too hard, you will get sore and discouraged and not want to exercise again. Remember the baby step/giant step thing. Self-control (baby steps) first with a daily schedule....Giant steps (perseverance) next as you get into a develop a whole program.

Finally, self-control might involve trying again and again after some failures. If the goal is worthwhile, the self-control we exercise into perseverance all the more sweet. "Everyone who competes in the games, exercises self-control in all things" (1 Cor. 9:25)......

Have a wonderful day....Wouldn't it be a great day for a RAK?? Love mark Phil. 4:11

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