Proverbs 25:28 - Like a city that is broken into and without walls is a man who has no control over his spirit.
2 Timothy 1:7 – For God gave us not a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and self-control.
Galatians 5:22-23 – The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control; against such things there is no law.
Proverbs 18:10 – The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runs into it and is safe.
Most hockey fans are familiar with the infamous chant – “SIEVE! SIEVE! SIEVE!” screamed at a goalie after he gets scored on. If you’re not familiar, it’s a mocking chant comparing them to the kitchen tool used to strain pasta, and let the water through. The goalie is the last line of defense in hockey – if he can’t stop a puck, the team has no chance at winning. Self-control is also a line of defense for us, for our spirits – as the modified proverb says - Proverbs 25:28 - like a hockey team with a sieve for a goalie is a man who has no control over his spirit (NHV - New Hockey Version).
Ok, so that might be a highly modified proverb. But the point of it is the same. Like downed walls to a city is a sieve goalie to a hockey team - what is supposed to be providing defense, is not. The walls of a city were meant for protection – without them the opposing force could easily come into the city to pillage and capture it. It would be a terrifying prospect for the residents of a city to look at an approaching enemy knowing there were no walls to protect them! In hockey it would be pretty nerve racking every time the opposition took a shot on net if you knew the goalie couldn’t stop it. It’s the same situation for someone who has no self-control.
1 Peter 5:8 – Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. We have an enemy who is looking to attack our city, to score on our net. Do you have the defense of self-control to protect against attacks of anger, greed, lust, strife, envy, addiction, etc.? Perhaps you have seen the consequences of these in your own life or someone close to you. It can be a terrifying prospect to know we have an enemy who wants to reap havoc in our lives with these temptations, but like a city without walls, or a team with a sieve goalie, he can have his way and pillage and plunder.
The good news is God shows us how to get our defenses up. Galatians 5:22-23 – The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control; against such things there is no law. As we seek Jesus and grow stronger in His Spirit, self-control is a natural by-product. He is the walls that protect us - Proverbs 18:10 – The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runs into it and is safe. There is power in the name of Jesus! For those who believe on His name we need not fear - 2 Timothy 1:7 – For God gave us not a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and self-control. And 1 John 5:4-5 – For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith. Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
In what areas do you struggle with self-control?
How can you grow in self-control to provide a better defense against attacks and temptations?
For additional reading see – Titus 2:11-12, 2 Peter 1:5-9
Posted on Wed, December 3, 2014
by Todd Lohstreter filed under