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Activated October 2013

Self-control - October 2013

We can all learn how to tap into the reservoir of supernatural self-control—not only by reaching deep down inside and mustering our own willpower, but by tapping into God’s power.
 

01-10-2013
Gaining Control
Gaining Control

Self-control is the ninth fruit of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22–23. Though it’s listed last, it’s clearly an important one. It takes a lot of self-control to manifest the other eight fruits.

I recently read about the Stanford Marshmallow Experiment, conducted by Stanford University psychologists in 1972. During the experiment, a marshmallow was offered to each of the participating children, with the promise that if they didn’t eat it for 15 minutes, they’d be given a second one. The researchers analyzed how long each child resisted eating the marshmallow, and after follow-up studies in 1988 and 1990, suggested that waiting...

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01-10-2013
The Laundry Basket
The Laundry Basket

A while back I read some tips on how to get along with people:

1) Speak cheerfully.

2) Smile.

3) Address people by name.

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01-10-2013
Take Me to Your Master!
Take Me to Your Master!

Children—and many adults, including this one—love the story of Aladdin. Adventure, magical artifacts, good versus evil, and the ultimate success story of a beggar boy being transformed into a prince by an awesome genie. There’s something appealing about that easy success. Instead of having to discipline himself and work hard to succeed, Aladdin uses magic.

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01-10-2013
Self-Control—The Liberating Fruit
Self-Control—The Liberating Fruit

The secret to building self-control is to yield our lives to God and let His Holy Spirit guide our thoughts, our actions and our life. “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world,” Paul advises, “but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”1

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01-10-2013
The Positive Mindset
The Positive Mindset

During a recent course I took on counseling, my classmates and I were exploring the topic of negative self-talk, and it quickly became obvious this bad habit had served as a damper to success, suffocated great ideas right at the start, and influenced reactions and perceptions about situations in each of our lives.

Negativity, ranging from regret over lost opportunities to bitterness, comparing unfavorably with others, jealousy, to little phrases like, “Oh, how clumsy I am,” “How could I be that dumb?” or “How could anyone like me?” seems all too common. Even my classmates who described themselves as generally positive...

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01-10-2013
Time Management Tips
Time Management Tips

When my boss agreed to let me start working from home, I was excited about the prospect and confident that I could do an even better job than working at the office, but he responded with a knowing smile, “Just remember, I may call sometimes just to see if you’re at your desk. Don’t let me find you in the kitchen!”—My boss knew my love for good food and cooking!—“Just be at your desk by 9:00 every morning, and everything will flow from there.”

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01-10-2013
Sticking to Our Tasks
Sticking to Our Tasks

We need patience to accomplish our goals in life. Even when our situation is not ideal, it is important to persevere and make the most of what we have.

Most of us experience times when we are frustrated with our jobs or feel so unappreciated that we want to quit. However, before making a rash decision, we should look to God and His Word for guidance. Basing our decisions solely on our emotions or circumstances is not a wise thing to do, because these are unstable. If we cannot stick to our tasks through thick and thin, we risk being “double-minded...

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01-10-2013
Governing yourself
Governing yourself

A person without self-control is like a breached city, one with no walls.
—Proverbs 25:28 CEB

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The Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.
—2 Timothy 1:7 NIV

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01-10-2013
True Quietness
True Quietness

Some time ago, I found myself facing a situation that was beyond my ability to resolve. Alone in the stillness of the night, I racked my brain for a solution and finally sent up a prayer for direction.

As I lay on my bed, waiting to hear an answer, there was only silence. My patience started to wear thin, and just as I was about to get up for a glass of water, the still small voice spoke: Are you sure you are being totally quiet and still?

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01-10-2013
Transformed
Transformed

I once attended a meeting where a 16-year-old boy sang several gospel songs, and as he sang, his face shone with joy. I learned later that he had grown up in a horrible home environment. From the age of 12, he had been forced to steal to support his family, and within a year, he was also stealing to support his own drug habit, which his life of crime had led to. He had been arrested and spent years in and out of juvenile correctional centers. But one day, some young people met him on the street and led him...

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01-10-2013
Traffic Lights
Traffic Lights

No city in the developed world could function without traffic lights. They are not physical barriers, but drivers choose to exercise self-control, and for the most part, follow their instructions: stopping for red, exercising caution for amber (yellow), going for green. The motorist who ignores the red light does so at the peril of his and other people’s lives, while following the simple color code increases everyone’s chances of reaching their destination safely.

Just so in life.

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01-10-2013
The Jesus Advantage
The Jesus Advantage

Some people naturally have a great deal of willpower or self-control, but that’s not typical. If you have a hard time sticking to a resolution, developing a consistent routine, or building a new habit, I have good news for you: With Me in your life, you have a special advantage—the Jesus advantage.

My Spirit can work in your life in many ways, including by empowering you to manifest self-control. The key for partaking of this help is prayer. The first reason is that I work when you pray. In some way or another, and maybe in an unexpected way, I will...

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01-10-2013
Achieving My Dreams
Achieving My Dreams

When I started mapping out my goals eighteen months ago, achieving them seemed daunting. But I claimed the promise, “God will make this happen, for he who calls you is faithful,”1 and with His help, I went forward. My plan was to write and create thousands of pages of good-quality, faith-building books for children.

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