Apostle Grace Lubega
1 Corinthians 9:25(KJV); 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.
Self-control is the ability to master one’s desires, passions and sensual appetites. However, mastery requires that self-control is exercised in ALL and not in some things.
This is because every DISCIPLINE is linked and interrelated in the same way that every INDISCIPLINE is linked and interrelated.
Take an example of the discipline of time. If you are a late riser who is always in bed long after the sun has graced the earth with a new beginning, there’s a strong possibility that you never keep your word and also never meet deadlines.
In the spiritual sense, if you do not have a disciplined life of prayer and communion, it is most likely that you do not exercise the discipline of fasting, you’re prone to eating all the time, you never have time for the Word and consequently, you’re the victim of every negative thought that parades itself across your mind.
That is the interconnectivity of indiscipline where one challenge feeds into another.
God wants you to have mastery over your thoughts, your words, your time, your flesh, your emotions and all sensual appetites.
Temperance is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). He works it in you, not to manifest in just one part of your life but in every part of your life.
A true master approaches life as a whole and not in conducive fragments. His victory is never one-dimensional but is multi-dimensional.
FURTHER STUDY: 2 Peter 1:6, Galatians 5:22-23
GOLDEN NUGGET: Mastery requires that self-control is exercised in ALL and not in some things because every DISCIPLINE is interrelated in the same way that every INDISCIPLINE is interrelated.
PRAYER: Father, I am grateful for this wisdom. I am yielded to the work of the Spirit in me and my life is a testimony of His fruit. Temperance is working in me in all things. To the glory of Your name, Amen.