Temperance

….And to knowledge, Temperance….

What does it mean to be temperate?
It is self-control, self-restraint, and self-discipline.
It also entails knowing when, how and where to draw the line.
To be temperate is to have a sense of being moderate.
It is living a life free of excesses.
We all have our personal cravings. It could be food, junks, chocolates, sweets etc.
It could be habits alcohol consumption, gambling, smoking, cocaine addiction, favourite TV programs and social networking and an endless list of addictions.
Temperance is a fruit of the spirit. You cannot be Spirit filled and not be temperate.
Simply put, you cannot be self-controlled without the help of the Holy Spirit.
Galatians 5:22-23  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy,
peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance:
against such there is no law.
 
Temperance in all areas of our lives
1Corinthians 9:27
But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached
to others, I myself should be a castaway.


Our fleshly lusts are destructive and militate against living a fulfilled Christian life. Saying no is the tough part of being disciplined. Two lettered word that carries a lot of power.
Romans 8:13  For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die:
but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
 
Taking an instance from Daniel
Daniel and his friends refused to defile themselves with the king’s portion. It sure does take a lot of courage to say no to a great king. People are easily swayed by food and gifts. Daniel 1:8  
 
In the book of proverbs, we are warned of gluttony. Many have lost their place in destiny through food, money, material gains etc. Proverbs 23:1-3  
 
Ever heard of  the popular cliche nothing goes for nothing. A majority of people don’t just hand out freebies. There is always a hidden motive.
Let’s take another illustration from the Rechabites. 
These are a set of people who had received a firm warning from their father. They obeyed. This is discipline. Jeremiah 35:5-6 

Ephesians 5:18
And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the
Spirit;
 
To conquer many un-Christ-like addictions we need to ask the help of the Holy Spirit. Many a times when we face such temptations we can overcome with God’s help.
I also struggle with some of mine and I see myself pulling through as I completely rely on God’s help.
I am not there yet. But this reminds me of how human and fallible we are.
Galatians 5:16 and Galatians 5:24   
 
I renewed my personal decision to be self-controlled and to work it out.
Even if I fall sometimes, I will try again.
 
Proverbs 24:16  For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.
 
Prayer: O lord thou hast known my very many weaknesses help me to overcome. Grant me the grace to be temperate in all things.

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