“He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls” (Proverbs 25:28 KJV).
Humorously people can’t help themselves when a particular thing or situation confronts them. Take potato chips for example. People seem to lose all self-control when potato chips are around them. Lays or Ruffle potato chips can dull the senses. It seems potato chips rule or control people’s ability to make the right dietary decision. They give into the temptation of the greasy potato chip and find themselves eating not one, but the entire bag. They have become a slave to the joke “I bet you can’t eat just one.” Meanwhile, their health is being ruined and their figure compromised.
Thankfully, that is somewhat humorous, but the Bible provides us with a more destructive concept. If something or someone rules your spirit or will and you lose your capacity to make good and Godly decisions, and your volition is compromised, then you are compared to a city with broken walls. You can be invaded with evil thoughts and successful temptations. You are now subject to anything and anyone who can push your buttons. You are easily angered, moved by seductive flattery and any other ungodly attractions. You cave in and are now a slave to that experience. It rules you and can ruin your character and credibility.
The enemy wants to defeat, discredit and destroy you (see John 10:10). He desires to harm you with evil accusations and words (see Rev 12:10). His goal is to remind you of your failures, your bad decisions, and hold you hostage with yesterday’s struggles and difficulties during a time when you did not have self-control. He masters in game playing and manipulates the truth (see Genesis 3:1-5).
But God will not permit the enemy to win in your life. God will “repair the enemy’s damage.” You will not be ruined! God will give you strength to not yield to the temptations and things that easy beset you (see Hebrews 12:1). Look unto Jesus the author and finisher of your faith that is where your help will come from. (See Psalm 121; Hebrews 12:2).
Lord I love you and am grateful for your intervention when my will is out of control and I seem to lose self-control. I no longer want to live with excuses. Guard and guide my spirit and cause it to yield to the Holy Spirit. Today, I move with intentional decisions and a willingness to obey your will, your way and your word. Lord, you are my leader like in the “Simon Says” game (journey) and I am going to do exactly what you say do. Amen.
God’s Peace and Good Journey!
Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Bronner, a native Philadelphian, is a trailblazing visionary. He is the Senior Pastor of Elim Christian Fellowship of both Buffalo, and Rochester, New York. Bronner founded the churches on November 7, 1999 and November 17, 2002, respectively. Prior to that, he was the pastor of the prestigious Calvary Baptist Church also of Buffalo, New York.