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Tommy came home from school with a question mark all over his face. He and his friends had an intense discussion about decisions and life styles. As the family sat around the dinner table that evening he looked at his Dad and asked,  “How soon will I be old enough to do what I please?”
“I don’t know,” came the response. “Nobody has ever lived that long yet.”
Freedom for the Christian is not doing as one pleases. It is freedom in Christ who gives us the power to do what pleases God. It is in Him and through Him and because of Him that we have the freedom to live a life free from sin and no longer be slaves to things that would destroy us or the guilt that would enslave us.
Think of it this way: A train pulling a long line of freight or passenger cars is only free as long as it remains on the tracks. Once it leaves the tracks it is no longer free because it has lost its path – the structure provided by the rails – that securely guides it.
So it is with Christians. As long as we stay in the Word – God’s tracks – to keep us safely moving toward our destination – life with Him, is safe.
Prayer: We thank You for Your Word, Father, that provides us the safety, security and structure that we need to live a life of freedom from sin. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Romans 6:12-18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.
Vince Lombardi, the legendary football coach of the Green Bay Packers, knew what it took to be victorious. Once when asked the formula he replied, “Dedication, hard work and sacrifice.”
When his team met for practice, he would remind them that “You’re here for to play football. And I’m here to see you play as well as your God-given talents and abilities will allow you to play. And that means total dedication!”
But dedication was not enough. Lombardi was known as a coach who was relentless in making his teams produce. He knew that dedication by itself would not be enough. It would take long hours of practice and preparation, perseverance and pain, suffering and sacrifice. It took every talent and every ability that every player possessed to become winners and champions.
Paul wrote, “Do not let any part of your body become a tool of wickedness to be used for sinning. Instead, give yourselves completely to God since you have been given new life.”
God gave us a new life to use for His glory. We must make every sacrifice to succeed for Him.
Prayer: Help us, Father, to commit our minds and hearts to You and then develop every skill and talent You have given us to work for Your Kingdom. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Romans 6:13 And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.

Bobby Jones, one of the world’s all-time great golfers, began playing golf at the age of five. At twelve, he was the town’s best golfer. But he had a terrible temper.
When he was fourteen, he entered the National Amateur Tournament and lost. His Grandpa Bart said to him, “You’re good enough to win. But you will never win until you control your temper.”
Years later, after winning tournament after tournament, a reporter was talking to Grandpa Bart about Bobby. During the interview Grandpa said, “Bobby was fourteen when he mastered golf. But he was twenty-one when he mastered himself.”
It is a tragedy when we allow our tempers to control us instead of God controlling our tempers. His power is available to us when we surrender our hearts and lives to Him and ask for His Spirit to live within us.
If we do not master our tempers, our tempers will master us. God’s Word warns us to “Stop being mean, bad-tempered and angry.”
Prayer: Lord, there are times when I lose control of my faith and feelings and do and say things that I regret. Please take charge of my life and let me be the kind of person who reflects Your kindness at all times. Amen.
Scripture for Today: Ephesians 4:26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
A quick-tempered person is one to be avoided at all costs. Being the object of someone’s “rage” is no fun. It fact, it can be frightening to say the least. However, if we are one of those who have a “short-fuse” and are prone to lose our tempers, where do we go for a “cure” and to learn self-control?

“A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even tempered.” This is what we can call a “high-dividend” proverb. It addresses the need that all of us have to control our speech. Certainly all of us would like to have control of our words and be even tempered. But how?

There is a subtle, yet critical, element in this verse. It refers to “gathering knowledge” which enables us to moderate or control our words and thoughts and feelings.

Those who are wise know when and how to control their emotions and prevent situations that can be embarrassing and harmful to self and others. And that takes “restraint.”

“Restraint” implies the suggestion that we take time to consider what is happening in and around us by giving thought to our words before we let them come out of our mouths. We need to know our values and trigger points.

All of us have trigger points - those little signals we “sense” before we explode. They are always connected to the values we build our lives around. They include faith and family, right and wrong, good and evil, God and country. Anything of importance to us, when violated, can cause us to “explode.” Be like a pilot: develop a check list!

Prayer:  Father, help us to understand ourselves as well as You do, and learn “self-control” through Your strength. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Proverbs 17:27-28 The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered. Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.

A professional hockey star was known not only for his ability to score goals but for his short fuse and hot temper. It seemed as though he got into a fight in every game.

One day his small daughter asked, “Daddy, how can you score goals when you are always in the penalty box?”

Good question, isn’t it. We all seem to place ourselves in a “penalty box” when we lose control of our tempers and harm others.

Self-control is an important part of everyone’s life. It is our ability to manage our behavior, especially when we are threatened and act from impulse or emotions.

We cannot blame others for those moments when rage rules. Each of us is responsible for our actions and behaviors, our choices and decisions.

However, it may be time to realize that there is something beyond self-control. God has given us the Holy Spirit to guide us and guard us. God has given us His Spirit to live a life under His control. No matter what others may say about us or do to us, we have the power through Him to do what is right, say what is right, live as Jesus did. God has given us all the tools that we need to avoid the “penalty box.”

The gift of “Spirit control” will always put us in the best possible light to reflect His glory and keep us from responding foolishly.

Prayer: Help us, Father, to wiling give up our self-control to become Spirit-controlled. We know that You can and will give us victory over ourselves if we but surrender to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture: Psalm 56:3-4
Bobby Jones, one on the world’s all-time great golfers, began playing golf at the age of five. At twelve, he was the town’s best golfer. But he had a terrible temper.

When he was fourteen, he entered the National Amateur Tournament and lost. His Grandpa Bart said to him, “You’re good enough to win. But you will never win until you control your temper.”

Years later, after winning tournament after tournament, a reporter was talking to Grandpa Bart about Bobby. During the interview Grandpa said, “Bobby was fourteen when he mastered golf. But he was twenty-one when he mastered himself.”

It is a tragedy when we allow our tempers to control us instead of God controlling our tempers. His power is available to us when we surrender our hearts and lives to Him and ask for His Spirit to live within us.

If we do not master our tempers, our tempers will master us. God’s Word warns us to “Stop being mean, bad-tempered and angry.”

Prayer: Lord, there are times when I lose control of my faith and feelings and do and say things that I regret. Please take charge of my life and let me be the kind of person who reflects Your kindness at all times. Amen.

Scripture for Today: Ephesians 4:26

Today's video devotional: "Case Of The Unlocked Door."

Read Matthew 6:33

The Great Wall of China stretches about fifteen hundred miles. It’s twenty-five feet high, and it tapers from a width of twenty-five feet at the base to fifteen feet at the top.

Made of brick and granite, it appeared invincible. But it was breached three times.

Why? Was it defective material? No, defective men caused the breach. They bribed the gatekeepers.

It’s true – money talks. How you earn it and spend it is a clue to your character.

Oh, for men who value God above gold, integrity above influence, and self-control above self-indulgence.

Do you?

Prayer: Keep us, Father, from wasting our time, talents and treasures. Inspire us to live in love to Thee and all who are Thine. Constrain us to do only those things that honor Thee and never to cause Thee sorrow: in Christ. Amen.

Today's video devotional from Guido Gardens:

Read Proverbs 21:23

The Bose® Corporation has developed an anti-noise headset that cancels loud noises. It’s needed, not only around big machinery, but big mouths!

Haven’t you wished for that headset around some modern-day music, both sacred and secular?

And around some modern-day messengers? It was Pope who said, “It’s with narrow-souled people as with narrow-necked bottles. The less they have in them, the more noise they make in pouring it out.”

Haven’t you wished for it around motor-mouths who spend their time criticizing and cursing?

The wise man said, “Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles.”

Prayer: Father, grant us all through today, complete control over our tongues, that we may speak no hurtful or hasty word. Grant that we may help everyone and harm no one: in Christ. Amen.