OCTOBER 1, 2015

Want more self-control? Then let Jesus be the holy filter for your thoughts and welcome Him into all your conversations. His Holy Spirit will provide the heavenly power that you need for good. God bless your day, Pastor Phil

MORNING PRAYER - When the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce… self-control. (Gal 5:22-23)-

All athletes practice strict self-control. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step. I am not like a boxer who misses his punches. 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. (1Cor 9:25-27)

Don’t act thoughtlessly but try to understand what the Lord wants you to do. Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, let the Holy Spirit fill and control you. (Eph 5:17-18) If any of you wants to be my follower, you must put aside your selfish ambition, shoulder your cross, and follow me. (Matt 16:24)

So be on your guard not asleep like the others. Stay alert and be sober. Night is the time for sleep and the time when people get drunk. But let us who live in the light think clearly, protected by the body armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation. (1Thess 5:6-8) We are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with self-control, right conduct, and devotion to God. (Titus 2:12)

EVENING PRAYER - Hold to the truth in love, becoming more and more in every way like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. (Eph 4:15)

First a leaf blade pushes through, then the heads of wheat are farmed, and finally the grain ripens. (Mark 4:28) Until we come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature and full grown in the Lord, measuring up to the full stature of Christ. (Eph 4:13)

They are only comparing themselves with each other, and measuring themselves by themselves. What foolishness! The person who wishes to boast should boast only of what the Lord has done. When people boast it doesn’t count for much. But when the Lord commends someone, that’s different! (2Cor 10:12,17-18)

Rules were only shadows of the real thing, Christ himself. Don’t let anyone condemn you by insisting on self-denial. And don’t let anyone say you must worship angeIs even though they say they have bad visions about this. These people claim to be so humble, but their sinful minds have made them proud. But they are not connected to Christ, the head of the body. For we are joined together in his body by his strong sinews, and we grow only as we get our nourishment and strength from God. (Col 2:17-19)

Grow in the special favor and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (2Pet 3:18)

1 YEAR BIBLE READING: Isaiah 46-48, Psalm 118