Submitting Control

sumbittingMy friends and I used to ask each other in high school which part of ourselves we would change if we could…it was probably a very unhealthy game that rooted in a lot of self hatred. But I actually had this thought today, where I wondered what my answer would be now. It wouldn’t be anything physical- the older I get, the more thankful I want to be for health and life in general. My answer now would be something deeper than my skin. I wish I could turn up my self control. In every area of life. It seems like the harder that I try to have self control, the more elusive it becomes.

Perhaps the answer is in Romans 7:18 “for I have the desire to do what is right but not the ability to carry it out.”  We all lack the power of self-improvement on our own. We must have divine assistance.  And that kind of assistance will only come when we surrender our weaknesses to His good grace. The more I admit: “Lord, I’m so weak and tired. I am impatient and feeling self pity and can’t seem to stop doing what I hate- would you help me?”, the more I feel His comfort. He isn’t surprised that I need help. He wants to help me. But He will not invade. He comes by invitation.

His power is made perfect in weakness. So when I lack self control, I know so much of it is because I need to submit control more to the Holy Spirit. And His Spirit helps us in our weakness (Romans 8:26).

If you’re like me, and you want more self control, attempt the surrender today.  Surrender your mind and control to the Spirit. Let Him work out your own self control. He isn’t scared of our failures. He comes to strengthen us in the midst of it all.

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