Sometimes when I wake up in the morning, I feel like I’m itching to share with the world. At times, when I hear from God, I feel an aching deep inside to share it immediately. I believe when God touches us in the place we are created to have a voice in the world, we can be brimming with excitement to share. Unfortunately, I’ve learned the hard way that sharing with everyone isn’t always the right response. Sometimes, He shares with us in those deep places, simply to let us know Him better. He uses it to try to connect with us more intimately. When we rush out to share with the world, sometimes we rob ourselves, and Him of what could have been an intimate moment of connection with Him.
I’ve also been guilty of hearing part of a word from Him and getting so excited that I run off and tell anyone who will listen, but later realize He wasn’t finished speaking to me. How sad is that? It’s like listening to part of a story my husband is telling me and then speaking over him as he is trying to finish.
Other times God has shown me what is happening inside of another person, and I have learned He doesn’t always do that so we go and point out their flaws to them. Sometimes, He calls us to speak directly with people, but more often He calls me to point out the good inside of a person instead. He often has me “call out” whatever good thing He has placed inside of a person so they can begin to move toward that. In other words, He often shows me the gold inside a person. He often has me speak a word of life over them. But I would never know, if I only listen when He shows me the mess He’s pulling them out of first. No, I am learning to stop and listen. I am learning to listen and keep listening until I am certain He has spoken all He wants to say.
What I’m getting at is we all need to discover the art of listening. We all need to learn the fruit of the spirit….called self-control.
In our world today, it seems as if the words self-control is so taboo. As if somehow, we don’t need to exercise it anymore. “Exercise”, yes that’s the perfect word. We must begin to exercise self-control. Like a muscle we need to discover the strain of sometimes saying, “No” to things. We also need to learn how to turn away from things that have the potential to rob from our purpose and calling in life. They are not always bad things, but unnecessary and possibly distractions intended to de-rail us from God’s plan for us.
Today, take a minute and ask God to show you any areas where you are weak in self-control. I’m pretty certain we all have some. Then ask Him to help you exercise that place. Let Him lead you toward growing with conviction to stand firm against distractions and unnecessary things. Give Him permission to challenge your weaknesses. He is the ultimate “Trainer”. He knows exactly how to increase your strength.
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city. Proverbs 16:32
Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control. Proverbs 25:28