Growing in Self- Control
Pat shares about how he encouraged his son in exercising self-control regarding the amount of time he devotes to playing video games. After he spoke to his son the Lord encouraged him the next day as he read the Bible in Psalms 32:8-9 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you. Pat shares how an abiding relationship with the Lord will help us to grow in this fruit of the spirit.
Jesus said, “Who do YOU say I am?”
John shares from Luke 9:18-27 when Jesus asked his disciples two questions. The first one was “Who do the crowds say I am? And the second question was, “who do you say I am?” Jesus is not so much concerned about what others think regarding who he is. He is concerned about who you think he is. Is he the man upstairs, your co-pilot or is he your God, your savior? Jesus will reveal himself more and more to you as you abide with him. In this same verse of scripture he says, “If anyone would come after me , he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” He clearly tells us as his disciples that the only way we can follow him is to deny ourselves and pick up our cross. Who we say Jesus is to us will determine what we will do for him.