CHRISTIAN CHARACTER CLINIC

2 Peter 1:5-7

 

WEEK #5 – UNDER HIS CONTROL - TEMPERANCE

 

2 Peter 1:5-6a - And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; [6] And to knowledge temperance;

 

Proverbs 25:28 - He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.

 

·       What are some of the areas Christians and non-Christians lack self-control?

·       Do you think that some ways people lack self-control are more serious than others?

·       According to Proverbs 25:28, why is a lack of self-control dangerous?

·       What causes the lack of self-control?

 

Peter continues to show us areas of Christian Character that should flow one out of the other. Flowing out of knowledge is temperance, or self-control. The more intimately I know God, the more I should allow Him to have control of my life.

A CLASSIC STRUGGLE

 

Romans 7:18-19 - For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. [19] For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.

 

·       Can you relate to what Paul is saying in these verses?

·       Is self-control impossible?

A CRITICAL ISSUE

 

Ephesians 3:16-17 - That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; [17] That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

 

·       What do these verses suggest to you about self-control?

 

Ephesians 5:18 - And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

 

·       Why is being filled with the Spirit our responsibility?

·       Why is being filled with the Spirit a critical issue?

 

Galatians 5:22-23 - But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, [23] Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

 

·       According to these verses, why do Christians lack self-control?

·       Do you think Christians take their lack of fruit seriously enough? Why or why not?

  

A COURSE OF ACTION

 

Galatians 2:20 - I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

 

Luke 9:23 - And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

 

Romans 6:11-14 - Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. [12] Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. [13] Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. [14] For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

 

Romans 8:11-14 - But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. [12] Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. [13] For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. [14] For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

 

1.     DEATH – Realizing that I am crucified with Christ and dead to self and sin.

 

2.     DEPENDENCE – Being dead, I am dependent on God’s Holy Spirit to control me.  

A CONTINUOUS PROCESS

 

1 Corinthians 9:24-27 - Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. [25] And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. [26] I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: [27] But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

 

 

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