Keeping Self Under Control

I.          INTRODUCTION:

A.  SCRIPTURE READING:         
I Timothy 5:22  =  Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men's sins: keep thyself pure.

B.   THE ONE MOST CHALLENGING RESPONSIBILITIES IS THAT OF “KEEPING SELF”

1.        It is a job that we are commanded to do.

1 Timothy 4:16  =  Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

2.        Each of us should give careful examination of self and ask as did the Lord’s disciples:  Is it I”.

Matthew 26:22  =  “And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I?

C.       LOOK WITH ME FOR A FEW MINUTES AT SOME OF THE MANY THINGS TO DO IN KEEPING SELF.

II.       DISCUSSION:

A.  KEEPING SELF OUT OF THE BUSINESS OF OTHERS:

1.        Keep out of matters of others that do not pertain to you.

1 Peter 4:15  =  But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters.

Note:  We have plenty to do just trying to run our own business.
1 Thessalonians 4:11  =  And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;

2.        Keep yourself out of God’s business.

a.         It was God’s business to give the statutes and Scriptures.

2 Timothy 3:16-17  =  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

b.         It is man’s business to keep them.

Psalms 119:145  =  I cried with my whole heart; hear me, O LORD: I will keep thy statutes.

B.        KEEP THY HEART:

Proverbs 4:23  =  Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

1.        This heart of which I speak is that of the spiritual man with which we think, trust, believe, love and obey.

a.         It is the source of our conduct.

Proverbs 4:23  =  Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

b.         Every deed is first committed in the heart.

Matthew 15:19  =  For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:

2.        Keeping the heart will keep us from:

a.         Adultery 

Matthew 5:28  =  But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

b.         Murder 

1 John 3:15  =  Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

c.         Hypercriticism 

Matthew 7:3-5  =  And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?  Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?  Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.

d.         Being puffed up

Philippians 2:3  =  Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

e.         Selfishness 

Philippians 2:4  =  Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

f. Envy 

Proverbs 14:30  =  A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.

g.         Unforgiveness 

Colossians 3:13  =  Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

C.       KEEP MY MOUTH:

1.        Keep it with a bridle.

Psalms 39:1  =  I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.

2.        Take heed lest we enter:

a.         Into gossip.

Leviticus 19:16  =  Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour: I am the LORD.

b.         Cursing

Exodus 20:7  =  Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain

c.         Filthy communication

Colossians 3:8  =  But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.

d.         Hasty speaking

James 1:19  =  Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:

3.        A good life depends on keeping the mouth.

1 Peter 3:10  =  For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:

D.       KEEP MY BODY:

1 Corinthians 9:27  =  But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

1.        Abstain from fleshly desires

a.         Fleshly lusts.

1 Peter 2:11  =  Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;

b.         The works of the flesh

Galatians 5:19-22  =  Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

2.        Keeping control over fleshly desires is essential keeping one’s self from being “a castaway”.

1 Corinthians 9:27  =  But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

E.        KEEP YOURSELF FROM IDOLS:

1 John 5:21  =  Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.”

1.        God has always taught against idolatry.

Exodus 20:3  =  Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

2.        The excessive love or veneration for anything is idolatry;  and idolatry has many forms:

a.         Image worship

Exodus 20:4  =  Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:

b.         Hero worship

Acts 14:8-18  =  And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother's womb, who never had walked:  The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed,  Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked.  And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men.  And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius, because he was the chief speaker.  Then the priest of Jupiter, which was before their city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would have done sacrifice with the people.  Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out,  And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein:  Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways.  Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.  And with these sayings scarce restrained they the people, that they had not done sacrifice unto them.

Acts 10:26  =  But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man.

c.         Pleasure worship

1 Corinthians 10:7  =  Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.

2 Timothy 3:4  =  Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

d.         Covetousness or mammon worship

Colossians 3:5  =  Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

e.         Self worship

Philippians 3:19  =  Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.

F.        KEEP SELF UNSPOTTED FROM THE WORLD

1.        This is pure and undefiled religion.

James 1:27  =  Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

2.        This keep one from being a stumbling block

Romans 14:13  =  Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way.

3.        This keeps one from giving an occasion for the enemies of God to blaspheme

2 Samuel 12:14  =  Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.

G.       KEEP SELF IN THE FAITH:

1.        Avoid profane and vain babblings.

1 Timothy 6:20  =  O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:

2.        Keep the church sound in the faith has always been a problem.

a.         Apostasy creeps in often undetected in sheep clothing

2 Timothy 4:3-4  =  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;  And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

Matthew 7:15  =  Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

2 Corinthians 11:13-15  =  For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.  And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.  Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

b.         Apostasy has always been a problem.

Galatians 1:6-7  =  I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.

3.        Each of us need to have our senses exercised to discern good and evil.

Hebrews 5:14  =  But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

H.       KEEP SELF IN FELLOWSHIP AND UNITY:

Ephesians 4:3  =  Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

1.        Unity is a pleasant thing.

Psalms 133:1  =  Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

2.        Christ prayed for unity.

John 17:20-21  =  Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;  That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.”

3.        God hates sowers of discord among brethren.

Proverbs 6:16-19  =  These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:  A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,  An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,  A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

I.          KEEP SELF IN THE LOVE OF GOD.

Jude 21  =  Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

1.        God loved us while yet sinners

Romans 5:8  =  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  [John 3:16]

2.        It is up to us to keep ourselves in the faith.

Matthew 10:22  =  And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.  [Revelation 2:10]

3.        It is up to us, like Paul, to keep from being a castaway.

1 Corinthians 9:27  =  But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

III.    CONCLUSION:

A.       WE HAVE ONLY BEGUN TO NOTE THE MANY THINGS THAT ARE INVOLVED IN KEEPING SELF.

B.        HOW WELL HAVE YOU DONE IN KEEPING YOURSELF?

C.       IF YOU HAVE NOT BEGUN DO SO TODAY, THIS HOUR.

D.       IF YOU HAVE BEEN NEGLIGENT, SEEK GOD’S FORGIVENESS TODAY.

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