Topic: Temperance [Open Heavens for Teens 11 October 2020]
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Memorise: Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Philippians 4:5
Bible Reading: Galatians 5:22-23
- But the fruit of the Spirit is love, Joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
- Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Bible Reading In One Year: Isaiah 45-47; Colossians 3:1-25
Temperance is an indispensable quality every child of God must possess. It is a fruit of the Spirit. It means to subject your body under the leading of the Holy Spirit.
After our wedding over fifty years ago, my wife and I agreed that the both of us must not be angry at the same time. One day, while travelling from Ilesa to Lagos, something made her angry. She started talking and I also became angry. But I was trapped in the car because I was the one driving. To avoid an outburst which would break our agreement, I stopped the car, parked on the road and started walking back to Ilesa leaving her and our baby. Having walked some miles, I stopped by a village, bought some fruits, ate some and took some back to her as peace offering. Little did I know that she was already afraid when I didn’t return on time, but when she saw me, her fears died down and so did the matter.
If you still have a problem dealing with anger, you need to work on yourself. You can control that temper. Psalms 119:165 says:
“Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.”
The bible also says that anger rests in the bosom of fools (Ecclesiastes 7:9). Don’t be a fool!
Father, please give me the grace to subject my body to the leading of the Holy Spirit as from today.
Hymn: Take My Life , And Let It Be
- Take my life and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee;
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.
- Take my hands and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love;
Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee.
- Take my voice and let me sing
Always, only for my King;
Take my lips and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee.
- Take my silver and my gold
Not a mite would I withhold;
Take my intellect and use
Every power as Thou shalt choose.
- Take my will and make it
Thine It shall be no longer mine;
Take my heart, it is Thine own
It shall be Thy royal throne.
- Take my love, my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee.
Daily Devotional for Teen’s guide was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical church in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries.