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Self Control and Temptation - Live life with your kids - Issue 065
August 01, 2008
Hi there! ....

This week:

Our learning focus this week has been phonics for Daniel and story writing for the others. It has been awhile since we have had story writing as a focus and the kids are enjoying it.

We also had our monthly co-op this week. During the co-op the kids have an opportunity to give an oral presentation (or for the young ones, it is more like Show ‘n Tell). Then we do a short session on a character trait. We then have an hour or so for an activity or experience, which can be either peer/age based or not. This week we had a visitor talk to the kids about dog training. The kids were really interested and came home talking about pack order and guide dogs.

I took the character session with the older kids (10-15yo). Our topic was Self Control. I shared with them the need for self control when we feel angry. I used my Character Notes with the main emphasis that anger doesn’t fix a problem.

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Character Notes for Mums

Self Control and Temptation

Rejecting my own desires
and doing what is right.

~ Character First
Education Series

Temptation and Self control seem to go hand in hand. O to have the strength, the self control to resist temptation.

Then the evil desire, when it has conceived,
gives birth to sin, and sin,
when it is fully matured
brings forth death.

James 1:15

Are there areas in your life that you have to admit are tainted with the smell of death – disarray, confusion, despair, frustration ... I know I have areas that I am not living in victory and I have to ask myself, have I allowed an evil desire (that is, a desire not based on God) to take hold, to conceive sin in my life? I must acknowledge that the consequence of sin is death. I am not talking of eternal death here but rather the life, the power and victory that is ours, because of Christ Jesus, in our every day life.

I can be joyous, I can be orderly, I can be clear minded if I continue to walk in the ways of the Lord, if I continue to rely on His Holy Spirit to guide me.

Temptation comes to us from three places

  1. Our Flesh
  2. The World
  3. Satan

Our Flesh
I want, I want, I want. Are there areas in your life that are dictated to by the wants of your flesh? I want to do this. I want to feel this. I want to eat this.

To have self control in our life, we must not act impulsively; we must always consider our goals, and the direction God has set before us – serving & ministering to our family, living with our children day by day, being a light in the community.

Our flesh can eat into our time, our organization, our wellbeing, our quiet time, our emotional peace. We must stand guard against temptation.

The World
The world tells us that we deserve better. We deserve recognition. We deserve more time, money, peace, and happiness. We are worth it.

To have self control in our life, we must walk away from things that aren’t right. The world presents to us a world-view, a belief system that is contrary to the Word of God. The Word of God tells us that we are precious because He made us, loved us and bought us. The Word of God tells us that we are able to do what is before us because the Holy Spirit is our teacher, our guide and helper.

The world may paint a bright and cheery picture but we must not be deceived. Scripture reminds us to not to conform to the world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Rom 12:2). We must clearly know what we believe and why. We must walk away from belief systems, patterns and habits that are not inline with God. We must stand guard against temptation.

Right from the beginning of time Satan convinced man that God’s Word was not true. Let us not fall into the same temptation.

To have self control in our life, and to resist temptation we must stand on the Word of God, we must hold it as true and unchanging. We must live our life by the words God has spoken. We daren’t change them, add to them or ignore them. I’m not talking about changing the Scriptures, the Bible itself, but rather changing the Rhemas, the personal words God has given you. Do you seek His counsel, walk in His direction and stand on His promises? Or are His Words ignored, altered or disbelieved?

Satan loves nothing so dearly as to cloud the Word of God. We must live in the Word: read it, breath it, talk it, pray it, believe it. We must stand guard against temptation.

So as you consider the things that may be not running smoothly in your home, I ask you, as I have been asking myself, how have my actions affected this area of our home? Am I walking right, before God, in this area of responsibility? Are things that I need to realign with God’s Word, things I need to repent of, and set straight? These areas of temptation can affect every area of my life; my relationship with my husband, my parenting of my children, the keeping of my home, being a friend, being salt and light in the community, etc...

Questions I have asked myself
What is the area of concern in my life, my home, my family?

What lie have I bought – temptation from my flesh, the world or Satan?

What am I going to do about it?
  • Renew my mind in the Word of God
  • Pray – for forgiveness, for strength, for wisdom
  • Be accountable – husband, friend, parent, someone to trust with my innerself
  • Rejoice in God’s love, that is remains true, regardless of my weaknesses

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Belinda Letchford
Living life with her kids in Australia!

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