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Temperance – Part 3

Surrendering Your ‘Self’ to God’s Will and your Attitude to God’s Holy Spirit

“And to knowledge temperance”

I. Introduction to Part Three

A. According to , the apostle Paul not only preached about righteousness, and judgment of sin, but of “temperance” - the inability of a person to control themselves when it comes to sin, and therefore their need for a new Master! A whole new birth!

sin, but of “temperance” - the inability of a person to control themselves when it comes to sin,

and therefore their need for a new Master! A whole new birth!

B. When it comes to a Christian’s life, Temperance is three things:

1. Control – Who is in Charge of my life?

2. Balance – Keeping things balanced

3. Grace – Handling Failures

C. Together, those three ingredients enable a believer to surrender my ‘Self’ to God’s Will and their Attitude to God’s Holy Spirit

their Attitude to God’s Holy Spirit

D. It makes a person Truly Free – not to do as you please (in bondage to sin again), but to be as God designed you to be!

God designed you to be!

II. Bringing Life BACK Into Balance

A. Most of us are out of balance – intemperate ()

(KJV)  Ephraim, he hath mixed himself among the people; Ephraim is a cake not turned.

B. Example of Temperate versus Intemperate People (; )

(KJV)  And Judas also, which betrayed him, knew the place: for Jesus ofttimes resorted thither with his disciples.

3  Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons.

4  Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye?

5  They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them.

6  As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.

7  Then asked he them again, Whom seek ye? And they said, Jesus of Nazareth.

8  Jesus answered, I have told you that I am he: if therefore ye seek me, let these go their way:

(KJV)  The high priest then asked Jesus of his disciples, and of his doctrine.

1. Extreme measures to capture Jesus – mobilizing a small army, sneaking up, tying Him up, dragging

Him to 7 mock trials, trying to scare and demoralize Him and His disciples

2. Peter over-reacts – tries to cut the head off of the nearest man

3. Jesus calmly responds to the crowd – under control – could have wiped them all out (18:6)

4. Before the High Priest, Jesus again calmly responds even though slapped and beaten

5. Before Pilate, before Herod – totally under control

6. WHOSE CONTROL WERE THESE OTHER PEOPLE UNDER?

C. The need that every Christian has, once they have placed their FAITH in Jesus Christ, and

started to live by Virtue instead of Vice, and begin to grow in their own person Knowledge of the

Bible and of the Author of the Bible, is to get under control, and get Balance in their lives

D. Imbalanced Lives

1. 40-50 hours a week working – less than 15 minutes a day with the kids

2. 56 hours sleeping – less than 2 hours worshipping God on a Sunday

3. 25 – 30 hours a week watching TV – less than 2 hours reading the Bible in a week

4. First few years of marriage in love, passionately in love – last 30 years, bitter and angry

5. By 18 years of age, most kids will have watched 200,000 acts of violence on TV – while only

showing kindness to others on rare occasions!

6. $100 a week spent on newspapers, sweets, Cokes, videos, magazines, toys, CD’s – less than $5 a week for Missions!

week for Missions!

7. 120 hours a week immobile, in a chair, in bed, on a couch – less than 5 hours a week in motion – actually moving from place to place

actually moving from place to place

8. I think we are imbalanced

E. Moses was burning out because of imbalance/intemperance () (KJV)  Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people that is with thee: for this thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone.

F. The entire Church at Ephesus was imbalanced ()

(KJV) Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;

2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:

3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.

4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

G. Big Ways to bring Balance into Your Life

1. Bless the Lord – worship Him (; ) – worship Him constantly, naturally, spirituallyPsalm 145:2 (KJV)  Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever. (KJV)  I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

spiritually

2. Laugh a lot (,; ) (KJV)

 A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.

15  All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.

bring joy – most only make fun of sin (). Joke book, light-hearted stories. Requires you to

– not at evil, or at sin, but at yourself, and at things that bring joy – most only make fun of sin ().

have to forget some things in the past, so that you can just laugh and hope for the future!

(KJV)  Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour. Joke book, light-hearted stories. Requires you to have to forget some things in the past, so that you can just laugh and hope for the future!

3. Be quiet and meditate every day (; ; )

(KJV)  And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming. (KJV)  Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. (KJV)  I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands.

4. Work hard – it is unhealthy to do things half-heartedly () – working people live longer and enjoy life more!

(KJV)  Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.

and enjoy life more!

5. Bless your family – everything you do needs to be as a blessing, a help – everything else is tearing it apart – the least you can do is bless it and love it ()

tearing it apart – the least you can do is bless it and love it ()

(KJV)  Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.

6. Witness to someone every day – you will cool off otherwise

7. Schedule God into your life (; ) – at least 10 percent – not only the tithe, but time and talent – be in the Bible, and in Church A LOT! Not just a bit!

Schedule God into your life (Ps
55:17; ) – at least 10 percent

– not only the tithe, but time and talent – be in the Bible, and in Church A LOT! Not just a bit!

and talent – be in the Bible, and in Church A LOT! Not just a bit!

(KJV)  Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.

Solid Steps of Christian Growth –

(KJV)  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Temperance – Part 3

H. Folks, the illustration is of a tug-o-war

1. The pull by this world, and by the flesh, and by the devil is incredible

2. It is tearing everything that is good apart – health, sanity, family, schedules, hearts, etc

3. We ALL need to start to put up a good old fashioned fight for balance

a. Won’t be able to get rid of stress - but we will be able to counterbalance it with God’s peace

and confidence

b. Won’t be able to get rid of the past – but will be able to overwhelm its pain and scars with

better things

III. Final Point - Having Grace ()

(KJV)  Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.

A. What about failures in our lives?

B. Temperance means that you do not ever give up on either yourself, or on others – ever!

C. Temperance means that you know you are but dust () – we know everyone else is worthless, but rarely do we admit WE are dust!

(KJV)  For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

worthless, but rarely do we admit WE are dust!

D. And that even at our best (so full of accomplishment and achievement and success), we are still nothing ()

(KJV)  Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.

nothing ()

E. That’s why God gives MORE grace, and then some more, and then still more () – to make up for all our failures

James 4:6 (KJV)  But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

up for all our failures

F. So

1. Have Grace – give people lots of second chances – and third and fourth - both to yourselves, and to each other

to each other

2. Seek grace in your life – be soft about failures - and be soft in seeking forgiveness for failures – pray a lot about your failures, and talk to someone that you know will help you with grace instead of judgment

failures – pray a lot about your failures, and talk to someone that you know will help you with

grace instead of judgment

G. A temperate Christian is not a harsh, or angry, or bitter person at all! They fail, and are forgiven, and rise up again ()

forgiven, and rise up again ()

(KJV)  For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.

IV. Conclusion - Improving Your Temperance – Developing It

A. Prioritize – Decide What’s Really Important to Do (from God’s perspective), and then keep Doing THAT

Doing THAT

1. Nature (the world) will pull you in ONE direction only (downward)

2. You have to decide out what is really important, and keep the balance

3. What has God Given You to protect?

a. Your health

b. Your home – wife and children, and extended family

c. Your testimony

d. Your church

e. Your relationship with Jesus

f. Your sanity

4. Bring all of those areas under subjection – bring them back into balance by…

a. Loving God totally will balance my home (; Cf )

(KJV)  They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's. (KJV)  Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

b. Serving God pre-eminently will balance my motives () – I do everything no longer just for people, but for the Lord Jesus

for people, but for the Lord Jesus

c. Obeying God sweetly will balance my heart () – keep me from complaining because I trust the Lord to make everything I do, every sacrifice I make, worth it all!

the Lord to make everything I do, every sacrifice I make, worth it all!

(KJV)  I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.

d. Knowing and doing God’s will, will keep my life from floundering and falling down constantly (,)

(KJV) 2Pe 8  For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

10  Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

(,)

5. How do I do those things? Areas in My Life to Focus On Balancing

a. Both Hearing AND Doing () – not just coming to Church, but obeying what I hear from the Bible

James 1:22 (KJV)  But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

=the Bible

b. Both Faith and works () – not just believing God, but living like He is being Good to you

James 2:17 (KJV)  Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

you

c. Both Bible Study and Soul-Winning – so many of you are so out of balance in this area

d. Both Work AND Worship – too many use work to excuse missing church, and have no personal worship time at home!!!

time at home!!!

e. Have Convictions AND Grace – rock solid beliefs about what is right and wrong, and yet lots of grace for when others fall, or especially when you fall!

grace for when others fall, or especially when you fall!

B. Pray About Everything – don’t rush, and live by knee-jerk actions

C. Pursue lots of guidance – listen to wisdom - because of blind-spots

D. Practice (Live by) the 80/20 rule

© 2006 Craig Ledbetter, BBC Ireland Page 22
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Solid Steps of Christian Growth –
Temperance – Part 3
© 2006 Craig Ledbetter, BBC Ireland Page 23
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1. Work Hard, and Play Hard – but MORE Work than Play
2. Work 6 days… Play one day – rest
3. All work, and no play burns you out - shame
4. All play and no work wimps you out - shame
5. Make time every day to worship, and just love the Lord – devotion
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