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Week In Review
The World, the Word
Write the word “PRAY” somewhere you will often look to remind you to stop, pray, and ask God to use you to bring Him glory.
1 Corinthians 9:24-271 Corinthians 9:24-2724 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. 25 Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 26 So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. 27 But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.
Self-Control is Hard
Replace a half-hour of mindless scrolling with something that draws you closer to God
Ephesians 5:15-17Ephesians 5:15-1715 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
Biblical Self-Control is Harder
Make a list of the sins you struggle with
Luke 9:23Luke 9:2323 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.
Take a moment to pray. Name each of the sins on your list to God. Thank Jesus for the grace and forgiveness He gave you by dying on the cross.
1 Peter 1:3-41 Peter 1:3-43 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you
It's Easier Because We're Not Alone!
Find a Christian mentor and an accountability partner
Colossians 3:14-171 Peter 1:3-414 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Why do you want to be self-controlled? What is your motivation?
How does recognizing our need for the Holy Spirit bring glory to God?
What have you heard this week that will have the biggest impact on your life going forward?
What stood out to you in this study?
What are some other things you can do to daily remind yourself to ask God to give you self-control?
Is there a scripture passage that stood out to you this week? Why? How can memorizing it be helpful to you in your daily life?