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It is important that believers have self-control. We must learn to discipline ourselves in order that we can remain in the will of God. We never want to lose our self-control because that is when the devil can use us. Having self-control requires patience and a willingness to be still and listen to the voice of God. It also requires discipline. We must learn to practice self-control daily while also practicing keeping our minds, bodies and souls in line with Christ. We cannot allow ourselves to rely on our flesh because the flesh is weak —it will put us into a situation where we have no control. In 1 Corinthians 9:27, we find these words:

“I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.” 

Paul speaks to the people of Corinth.  He does everything in his human power and strength to share the Good News. He indicates that it’s like a race, saying in verse 26, that he runs “with purpose in every step,” and adding in verse 27 that he has “disciplined his body like an athlete training it to do what it should…” He has done all of this so that he can maintain self-control. Prayerfully, we all have the desire today, to maintain self-control, and we will prepare ourselves each day by studying God’s Word, and through prayer and meditation.