It is better to be patient than powerful. It is better to win control over yourself than over whole cities. (Proverbs 16:32 GNB)
Self-control doesn’t come without a battle.
The weapons that must be used in this battle for self-control are self-denial and delayed gratification. (Remember battles are never pleasant nor pretty.)
Like soldiers who are trained to use their guns and tanks through practice, we must practice using these weapons. But what does this look like in our daily lives? It may mean turning down the desert or choosing exercise over television. It may mean that we don’t go places that tempt us beyond our control or put ourselves in situations that push us beyond our limits.
The good news is that once we win control in one area of our lives then we can exercise that same skill in other areas. For example, if we learn to control our eating we can use those same skills to keep from saying what we know shouldn’t be said and avoid arguments that can’t be won.
Everyday we are given the opportunity to practice these skills and exercise self-control… but its up to us whether or not we advantage of these opportunities.