I recently read a book by one Hollywood couple, Devon Franklin and Morgan Good. Called “The Wait”, it is a beautiful book that teaches why people should wait until they marry to have sexual relations. A beautiful book indeed. There is one story in this book where they mention that a study was carried out years back on kids that were put in a control room. In fact they had come in the room one by one, sat in front of an old man who put a marshmallow in front of him.
He told each kid that they should remain sitted on their chairs and that the old man would go out and leave this marshmallow in front of them. He told them that he was going out and that if he came back to the room and if they had not eaten the marshmallow, they would keep that marshmallow and that he would give them an extra marshmallow. But if they ate the marshmallow, then they would not get another marshmallow, all they would have is the one that they have eaten. A majority of kids were found to have eaten the marshmallow. They seemed to have not cared about the idea of getting an extra marshmallow assuming they had kept themselves from eating what they were told not to eat.
Well, my point here is about self control. I think most of us are like the majority that didn’t have self control. They lived in that moment and couldn’t care less about the outcome. Galatians 5:22_23: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,, 23: Meekness, self control: against such there is no law.
These are the fruits there of, and we should walk like the ones that have been given salvation. We have established that salvation is being preserved from harm. We should not be like these kids who could not control themselves. Amongst the many things that God gave us, self control is a blessing for us to have been equipped with.Using it or taking advantage of it would help us get out of so many unwanted stresses and anxiety. We should live out this new identity that we have been given. We can’t let our lusts and selfish passions control us.
If you are tempted to worry, know that you are given the fruit, control yourself not go fall into a worrisome state. If you are tempted to being jealous of someone, don’t justify that by saying you are being human. You are a new creation. You are the enlightened one, not every emotion can control you and lead you.
Galatians 5, 24: And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. The lusts have been crucified with Jesus, it is in the mind that we should be assertive and determined to live up to what we are now.
Philippians 2, 12: Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
We are a whole new breed. Working out this salvation is about making it up in your mind that the new self that you are, you will live it out. Now that you are in a new world, why don’t we live like we are of the new world and not of the kingdom of darkness. When we were in the kingdom of darkness, we lived according to how we felt and pleased. How can we who have been set free from burden of sin live there any longer? Let’s dig deep in the word of God to know more of who we are now.
Let the new identity we have to be visible. It be on yourself in closed doors or out in the masses.