Self Control: Thoughts

“Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.” -Ephesians 4:26-27 (ESV)

Oh, you’re just nervous, it’s normal. You were angry, but THEY provoked you, anyone would have gotten angry. Have any of these thoughts or ones like it ever raced through your mind? Has anyone ever told you that it is “normal” to struggle with sin?


We live in a culture where anxiety, anger, lust, selfishness, and envy are considered “ok”. It IS normal to struggle with these things in the sense that everyone struggles with them. What is not made known in our culture is that all of these thoughts are not ok! They are sinful! A rebellion against what God has commended us to flee!

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” -James 4:7 (ESV)

I must learn self control with my thoughts! At the recent Contentment seminar at our church, Mrs. Kim Erickson was talking about taking your thoughts captive. Catch them and get them out of your head! Your mind and thoughts are a battleground. The truth of God vs. the lies of the devil. Oh, how easily we fall into the lies of the devil!

How do we fight the lies of the devil? Read carefully through these verses.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.” -Ephesians 6:10-20 (ESV)

We must put on the belt of truth:

Fill your mind with the truth that is in the Bible. God’s word is true and we can always trust in the truth in the Bible.

We must put on the breastplate of righteousness:

Remember what God has done for us through Jesus’ death on the cross. He has forever purchased us and we can NEVER be taken out of His hand once we are truly saved! We now have the righteousness of Jesus!! What a Savior we serve!

We must put on the shoes of peace:

Again, we are at peace because God’s wrath is no longer one us! We have the peace that comes through the Gospel.

We must take up the shield of faith:

We must have faith that God works ALL things out for our good whether that involves pain or not! God is wholly Sovereign!

We must put on the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit:

As said before, we must remember the truth of the Bible. When we are in the word, we grow in godliness! Memorize Scripture and fight the lies with truth from the Bible!


We must pray for everything. The prayer of a believer is powerful! God will answer our cries according to HIS will for our life. Remember that he works ALL things for OUR GOOD!!!!

May God be Glorified!



  1. Lily said,

    December 10, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    Bright and early! Great post!
    God is awesome! God bless!

  2. innominables said,

    December 11, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    Thanks for your comment Lily!!
    God is awesome! May He be glorified!!

    for the innominables

  3. December 12, 2008 at 1:10 am

    Great post, Becca!

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