Christian Devotions
By Ross Freeman

Give God Control
By Ross Freeman

A while ago I prayed: “Dear Lord, so far today I’ve done alright I haven’t gossiped, lost my temper, been nasty, greedy, grumpy, overbearing, selfish or obnoxious. I am really glad I’ve accomplished all these things on my own, but in a few minutes Lord, I’m going to have to get out of bed and from that point on, I’ll need all the help I can get from you!”

This may be a humorous story, but how many of those traits hit us when we least expect it. How can we defend ourselves and what can we do about those attacks of the enemy?

The first thing, of course, is we must understand that these attacks are from the enemy and not from God. The following scriptures help us to understand this:

“We are not ignorant of his (Satan) devises (schemes).” (2 Cor 2:11 NKJ)

“Give no place (opportunity) to the devil.” (Eph 4:27 NKJ)

To help us not to be ignorant of the enemy’s schemes and how we give him opportunity to attack our lives, let’s look at five points from our story, followed by how to get help from God by giving Him control.

1. Gossip:

“Moreover, as they go about from house to house they learn to be idlers and not only idlers bur gossips and busybodies, saying things they should not mention.” (1 Tim 5:13 AMP)

This verse is actually talking about women, and before the knives come out, I know that men are just as guilty.

Many people succumb to the temptation of filling the empty times in their lives with meddling in the affairs of others. Let’s face it there is no life so undignified as those concerned with such petty and trivial issues, for trivial thoughts lead to trivial minds.

The harm and pain caused by gossip cannot be over estimated. It is very easy to fire a gun, but impossible to stop the bullet once it is on its journey. Gossip can very easily ruin someone’s reputation, but it’s very difficult to restore it. We must be aware of the things we say or pass on whether they are true or not. For all tales change in context, get worse and more damaging with each telling.

2. Temper:

“A fool always loses his temper, but a wise man holds it back.” (Proverbs 29:11 NASB)

Hasty or angry speech is usually incorrect, imperfect and totally wrong, leaving our judgment seriously impaired, resulting in the destruction of relationships and the wounding of lives.

Impatience is one of the main causes that leads to anger and violent outbursts. So let us do as the scripture advises and hold it back, just as Jesus did in the most horrendous of situations anyone could face.

There is an old saying which says, “If you do not control your temper it will control you.”

3. Greedy:

“So are the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain, it takes away the life of it owners.” (Proverbs 1:19 NKJ)

Greedy for gain means: greed and covetousness. The more we get the more we want. We just can’t get enough. We just have to have more, which is so destructive.

This verse is not just talking about the possession of gain, but also the influence the lust for gain has over us. It takes away the life and focus of its owner, which is very clearly covered in 1 Timothy 6:10 which says, “The love of money is the root of all evil.”

So stop loving possessions and put them in their rightful place, you being in control over them, not your possessions being in control of you.

4. Overbearing – Haughty:

“The proud looks of a man shall be brought low, and the haughtiness of men shall be humbled, and the lord shall be exalted in that Day.” (Isaiah 2:11 AMP)

The proud and conceited person who always put themselves ahead of others and laud it over them, they who want all the praise and glory will be brought low and humbled. For God is the only one who is worthy of all praise and all glory and it is He who lifts the humble, He who gives the honor.

“As he is, so are we also in this world.” You must take the manger, or you shall never take the throne; you must have the cross, or you shall never wear the crown; you must be despised and rejected, or you shall never be accepted and crowned; you must wade through the mire, or you shall never walk the golden pavement.” Charles Spurgeon

5. Selfish:

“Do nothing from selfish or empty conceit, but with humility of mind, let each of you regard one another as more important than himself.” (Philippians 2:3 NASB)

Selfish ambition and vain conceit is the enemy of unity and harmony in the church. For selfish ambition is an act of the sinful nature. But humility is the source of Christian unity. To live in godliness will avoid bringing disunity or division in the church. We should aim to make others more important and more worthy than ourselves.

“But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth.” (James 3:14 NASB)

A person who is motivated by selfish ambition will always lie in the face of truth, because ambition and jealousy are in control of his life, not the humility and the love of God.

There are many ways the enemy can attack our lives and in doing so will stunt our Christian growth and in some cases stall it completely. How do we handle this, what is the answer? The only answer is we need to go to God for help.

6. Help:

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” ( Psalm 46:1 NASB)

This scripture is a victorious confession of fearless trust in God, inviting Him into whatever is coming against us.

A present help means, a help that has been proven to be reliable in the past, so that in any future or present crisis there is no reason to fear, for God is our strength and peace.

“Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16 NASB)

To come boldly literally means without reservation, to be frank and open with your request, because we approach a throne of grace, not judgment, obtaining mercy for the past and grace for the present and future. No request is too large or small for God and He will never turn you away.

“And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every Need according to His grace in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19 AMP)

This verse tells us that God will supply all our needs. Everything God has encompasses all of creation, so there is nothing He cannot provide. If we do all that the word of God tells us to do and believe it without reservation, He will provide for that need, whatever it is; whether it is financial, physical or spiritual, and He will provide for it abundantly.

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