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6 Secrets Revealed with Scriptural Reference   

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January 10th, 2013

By Pastor Sam Kahn

Hello all,

Notice the secrets are no longer secret!!!

I have been reading through Galatians 5:23-24 and looking at the fruit of the Spirit as part of my sermon series on the fruit, when I came across this article in Forbes called "The Six Secrets of Self-Control."  The article was interesting to read and it struck me to look in the bible to se what God has to say on the self-control secrets in that article.  There are more scriptures on each of these secrets, but I feel that two scriptures on each would get the point across.

Note - Original List taken from Forbes "The Six Secrets of Self-Control"

So without any further delays here are the secrets:

Self-Control Secret #1 – Meditate

The article talks about training the brain to be more controlled through meditation and we can see in these two Psalms that meditating is very important.

Psalm 1:2 -  but his delight is in the law of the LORD,

and on his law he meditates day and night.

Psalm 19:14  -  Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart

be acceptable in your sight,

O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.

Self-Control Secret #2 – Eat

When I read this secret the first think that came to mind is stewardship.  We have the responsibility to take care of ourselves wheter it is in the bodily sense or in the spiritual.

Romans 12:1  -  I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

I Corinthians 10:31  -  So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Self-Control Secret #3 – Exercise

The immediate thought that comes to mind for this one is the gym.  Pushing weights and making your muscles scream, but there is more to excerise then muscles.

These two scriptures stress both the importance of body and spirit.

 I Timothy 4:8  -  for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.

I Corinthians 6:19-20  -  Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

Self-Control Secret #4 – Sleep

Ahhh.  Sleep.  DO I need to say more . . . well actually yes I DO.  We need sleep - we can push the envelope and stay up for long periods of time, but our body and mind eventually reach a shut down point and we fall asleep.

Psalm 3:5  -  I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the LORD sustained me.

Matthew 11:29  -  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Self-Control Secret #5 – Ride the Wave

Patience.  When you are waiting on something it does seem to go slow.  The "are we there yet" illustrates to point.  When we are challenged by earthly desires, scriptural patience is something we should grab onto.  Also note that Peace is not God Solving your problem or removing your trial, Peace is the presence of God while you are experiencing it.

Romans 8:25  -  But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

Psalm 40:1  -  I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry.

Self-Control Secret #6 – Forgive Yourself

There are several acts of forgiveness.  God forgiving us, we forgiving others and forgiven ourselves.  Forgiveness of self is one of the hardest things to do.  We like to kick ourselves when we do something wrong and if there is a past history in the doing the kick is multiplied.  I am going to list three scriptures here to illustrate each of these.


Psalm 32:1-2  -  Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven,
    whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity,
    and in whose spirit there is no deceit.


Ephesians 4:31-32  -  Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.


II Corinthians 5:17  -  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

 Original List taken from Forbes "The Six Secrets of Self-Control"

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