SELF:

 

Control----control of one's actions or emotions by the will. The New Testament teaches that self-control is a fruit of the Spirit {Gal. 5:22-23}. The Christian is to be governed by God, not by self.

DENIAL

The act of refusing to partake of anything not necessary for life or service to God. Sometimes self-denial can become extreme, in which case it is called "Asceticism" {practicing strict self-control as a measure of personal and spiritual discipline, austere in appearance manner, or attitude}.

INDULGENCE

Excessive indulgence of one's sensual appetites and desires. The Pharisees were hypocrites. Jesus declared, because they cleansed the outside of the cup---or their lives-but inside they were full of extortion and self-indulgence {Matt. 23:25; excess}.

SUFFICIENCY

The capability of providing for oneself without the help of others. In the view of the Bible, sinners are self-sufficient people who declare their independence of God and boast of their own accomplishments. In his sermon on the wicked man, Zophar declared, "In his self-sufficiency he will be in distress" {Job 20:22}.

WILL

The act of stubbornly and arrogantly insisting on one's own way, as opposed to following the will of God. In the New Testament, the idea of self-will appears twice. In Titus 1:7 Paul indicated that a candidate for bishop, or pastor, must not be self-willed. And in 2 Peter 2:10 those persons "who walk according to the flesh" are said to be "presumptuous" as well as "self-willed". Amen

 

Humans will be one of the two {1} self-centered or {2} God centered.





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