Rhapsody of Realities TeeVo;
Saturday, June 20th,2020;
YOU CAN SAY “NO!”
(You Can Exercise Self-Control From Within You)
TO THE BIBLE
2 Peter 1:5-6 NIV “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith, goodness and to goodness, knowledge and to knowledge, self-control…”
“Hey girl, come try this out!” Greg hollered at Sandy who was at the other end of the room. They were together at a friend’s birthday party. Sandy knew Greg was a bully and a bad influence on most of his friends. But not her; she always stood up to him and put him in his place.
“What are you waiting for, Sandy?”
“I won’t try it, Greg! And you shouldn’t be experimenting with this kind of thing either, because it could hurt you,” Sandy responded. Sandy could resist the temptation to misbehave because she had self-control.
When you’re enticed by friends to do something you know you shouldn’t, you don’t have to yield to it (Proverbs 1:10). You’ve got self-control in you because it’s the fruit of the recreated human spirit. It’s the virtue of someone who masters his body, passions and desires from within. Selfcontrol is the ability to say “yes” to the right things, and “no” to whatever is not consistent with the godly life in Christ. This virtue is already in you as a Christian, but you have to let it out.
Self-control is more than just choosing the good over the bad; it’s also about making choices for the best. For example, making the choice to study your Bible rather than watch the late-night movie is exercising self-control. Cutting down on your sleep-time so you can wake up early to pray or study your books is also exercising self-control.
Perhaps, an urge has arisen within you to give in to the wrong thing or respond negatively to a situation. Jesus is your perfect example of one who exercised self-control: when He was insulted and treated badly by others, He never got even with them (1 Peter 2:23). Copy Jesus. Say “Yes” to the right things, and “No” to whatever is not consistent with the godly life. Make up your mind today to exercise self-control.
Proverbs 25:28, 1 Corinthians 10:23, Galatians 5:22-23
I take charge of my life today. I refuse any attitude, habit or lifestyle that is inconsistent with the gospel. No matter what happens around me, I don’t bow to pressure. I hold myself in from within, in the Name of Jesus. Amen!
Daily Bible Reading
Acts 9:1-31, 2 Chronicles 35-36
Luke 2:33-40, Deuteronomy 18
Make a list of areas in your life where you know you need some self-control and discipline, and make a decision to take charge in those areas.
Through an anointed ministry spanning over 30 years, Pastor, teacher, healing minister, television host, and best-selling author Rev. Dr. Chris Oyakhilome Dsc. DD. has helped millions experience a victorious and purposeful life in God’s word.
He is the author of the bestseller Rhapsody of Realities, the number one daily devotional around the world. Several millions of copies of the best-selling daily devotional and Bible-study guide have been distributed in over 2010 languages of the world including Afrikaans, Arabic, Cantonese, Croatian, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hindi, Icelandic, Italian, Mandarin, Myanmar, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili…and still counting! New languages are added regularly, making the devotional accessible to many more in different parts of the globe, thus bringing the richness of God’s Word into their lives. Little wonder the devotional, oftentimes, is referred to as the “Messenger Angel”.
Presiding over an ever-widening network of Christ Embassy Churches and campus fellowships on all five continents, Pastor Chris also pastors one of the largest congregations in Africa. He holds massive teaching and healing crusades like the Higher Life conference and Night of Bliss with crowds of over 3.5 million in a single night’s event.
The world-renowned Healing School is a ministry of Pastor Chris which manifests the healing works of Jesus Christ today and has helped many receive healings and miracles through the gifts of the Spirit in operation.
Pastor Chris in the year 2003, pioneered the first 24-hour Christian Network from Africa to the rest of the world, and this gave rise to more satellite stations on other continents of the world, the LoveWorld USA in America, LoveWorld TV in the UK, LoveWorld SAT in South-Africa and LoveWorld PLUS in Nigeria and still counting. Through this medium, millions of people have been reached with the beautiful message of salvation and many lives have been transformed. These stations are also available on the mobile platform.
Pastor Chris is also the host of “Atmosphere for Miracles”, a programme airing on major television networks in the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Asia, Europe and around the world, which brings God’s divine presence right into the homes of millions around the world. With a burning desire to bring God’s word to all men in simplicity and with the power of the spirit, the man of God,
Rev. Dr. Chris Oyakhilome Dsc. DD, established the International School Of Ministry, specifically to train and equip ministers of the gospel of Christ, building in them the realities of God’s word and empowering them to carry the message of eternal life in Christ Jesus to their world, with a great demonstration of the miraculous power of God.
Pastor Chris also pioneered the establishment of the Inner City Mission of Christ Embassy, a ministry to children living in the inner cities of our world, to give them a hope and a future.