August 22, 2019


My friend, may I ask you a question? When we lack self-control, do the bad things that we do while not under control often turn into bad habits that always come back to bite? How does a Christian gain insights into getting a handle of self control?


Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.




The Bible lists “self-control” as one of the greatest of virtues. The ability to exert control over oneself is probably one of the hardest things in this world to do. Controlling others is easy, you and I are very adept at casting our powers of will over friends, coworkers and family; but when it comes to applying that same level of control to ourselves, that’s a mountain in our lives that most of us find very difficult, if not impossible to climb. A good deal of this hardship has everything to do with our built-in inability to wait for things. We are born impatient and about the only thing in life that we aren’t impatient for is leaving this life in death. Unfortunately, this lack of self-control often translates into something far more serious than just a higher level of impatience. When we lack self-control, the bad things that we do while not under control often turn into bad habits that always come back to bite. 


How does a Christian gain insights into getting a handle of self control? 


Here’s a story: As an eagle goes through the good months of feeding in full measure, he also begins to gain weight. This weight begins to hinder his ability to fly and find food. His speed diminishes and he grows tired quickly. The eagle will fly high and find a cleft in the rocks of the mountains looking for cover from the elements, and an area that water gathers from morning dew and rain. Once he has found this cleft, he sets himself in it and begins to pluck out all his wing flight feathers until he is no longer able to fly. There he remains, waiting until his weight comes off him for lack of food and his feathers begin to grow back; when he is back to a slim weight, and ready to once again take flight. Now with his lighter weight he can fly higher, faster, and is able once again to swoop down on his meal with great speed. (Robyn Cavalera) 


If left to ourselves, we’ll be ruled by our bad habits; habits that ultimately lead to a “spiritual” weight gain problem that only a diet of patience and self-control can ever eliminate; but, what a wonderful God we serve! How great are His thoughts to have designed the eagle this way. It’s the same with you and I. In a time of waiting upon the Lord, He renews us spiritually, physically, and emotionally. This time of waiting can be a challenge to us. It requires patience and the ability to want God to deliver us from ourselves. We may want to fly away from it, but we can’t. We’re left with the only thing to do. “Trust in the LORD.” When this time is finished, we will have new strength, hope, endurance and faith to finish the race set before us! 


"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own" (Matt 6:34) 


We pray. Dear Lord, you have brought us to this new day again. It is an opportunity from you for us to get the best out of today. We thank You for yesterday, You did well and we are trusting You for a better day today. God renew our hearts today and help us to do what You want us to do. Lord, please forgive our past mistakes and cleanse us. Lord, we dump our old selves and put on new ones. Help us to change our habits, habits that can block our blessings, habits that are not in line with You Lord. Create in us  clean hearts and purify us. In Jesus name. Amen!


Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.


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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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