Temperance – Defined as restraint or the state of one being restrained, (control over the expression of one’s emotions or thoughts); ensuring consistency…the state of constancy achieved, exhibiting faithfulness, steadfast in purpose and affection, self control.
Without temperance, we fail to yield our will for our Heavenly Father’s will. Sometimes, we find ourselves choosing to wait for a convenient season to get our walk with God in right standing.
This reminds me of a man named Felix found in the book of Acts 24:24-25 “and after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was a Jewess, he sent for Paul and heard him concerning the Faith in Christ. and as he (Paul) reasoned of righteousness, temperance and judgment to come, Felix trembled and answered, go thy way for this time; when when I have a convenient season I will call for thee.”
My brothers and sisters, there is no record that Felix ever found the right moment. God says ” behold, now is the accepted time, behold now is the day of salvation” 2 Corinthians 6:2
Temperance is not only control but clearly divine control, for it can only be produced by God. It is a manifestation of the Fruit of the Holy Spirit. Christ said in John 15:4-5, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine: no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches; he that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”
Divine control enables you to “let go and let God” be who He is, allowing the manifestation of the Christ in you through your lifestyle and actions. We are living in perilous times. The world has gone mad, deceived by the enemy. The masses are conquered by the works of the flesh described in (Galatians 5:19-21) adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lust or lewdness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, envious dislike, wrath, rebellion, heresies, envying murders, drunkenness, reveling and such like.
Jesus knew the sinful extremes of this age and what we face daily. When he prayed on our behalf to the Father in John 17:15-26, he didn’t pray for the believers to be taken out of the world. He knew we were to be his witnesses; his example of Godly living to a world gone mad. In Christ, we are more than conquerors. Godly living requires divine control. Only one possessing the Holy Spirit of God conquers the works of the flesh, demonstrating divine self control. The fruits of the Spirit are found in one who is walking in the Spirt. Walking is an action word. Not only must you be hearers of the word, be doers of it. You shall walk in VICTORY! Anything unlike God must flee when resisted. When the going gets tough, divine control reminds you who is really in charge. God’s word says the weapon will be formed, but it shall not prosper and that all things work together for the good for those who love the Lord.
But what then is our responsibility in all this?
We must trust in God’s word that by His Grace, our old man of sin was crucified with Christ in our baptism (Romans 6:6). That God can indeed strengthen us by His Spirit in the inner man (Ephesians 3:16) and with God’s help, we can do all things according to His will (Philippians 4:13).
In conclusion, we cannot overestimate the importance of the Holy Spirit’s work of developing the fruit of Love and the manifestations of it through joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and of course self control in and through us (Galatians 5:22-23). Without it, we cannot defeat the temptations that come our way, overcome the works of the flesh, and grow as we should in Christ.
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Remember friend, walking is an action word. Nobody said it would be easy, but take heart knowing that we have divine assistance and guidance.
In His Love,