Day 257: A City Without Walls (Proverbs 25-27; 2 Corinthians 6)

“Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down, without walls.” -Proverbs 25:28

Back in 2 Chronicles 11, we read about how King Rehoboam prepared to defend his land long before any threat was made as he built up fortified walls and stored up weapons and food. In fact, if you’ve ever traveled internationally and explored castles, you probably have seen fortresses or at least ruins of where the city walls used to stand.

Spiritually, we are called to do the same things in the form of self-control. Disciplining ourselves spiritually, mentally and physically are our very own walls.

When a person doesn’t have self-control, she is like a city without walls, vulnerable and open to laziness, impurity, anger, bitterness, dishonesty, apathy and overindulgence. So, if you want to become the woman God wants you to be, its vital that you learn self-control.

How can you do that? Self-control is like a muscle – it gets stronger the more often you exercise it. Start small. Maybe say no to dessert several days in a row (if it is indeed something you indulge in daily). Make yourself get up at a certain time each day, especially if you’re likely to sleep in. Find one small area in your life that can use more self-control and practice in it daily. Slow and steady is the way to go and eventually you can move on to bigger and better things until those walls are fortified and strong against any attacks on your Spirit by the enemy.

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