- Keep Your Heart
- Watch For Your Soul
- Rule Your Spirit
- Captivate Your Mind
- Bring Your Body Into Subjection
- Tame the Tongue
- Commune With the Holy Spirit
Proverbs 4:23 - The word "keep" means "to walk guard" around. Don't let any type of sin conquer your heart. Keep them out. Some examples are found in Mark 7:21-23.
Hebrews 13:17 - The soul of a righteous man can be vexed (worn down) by worldliness. II Peter 2:8. We need to watch out for the world, or it will get to us and wear it down. Other scriptures to study: I Peter 2:11, I Thessalonians 5:23.
Proverbs 25:28, 16:32 - The spirit of man is their emotions and will. Emotions like rage, temper, anger, depression, etc. can ruin you if they control you. With God's help, control your emotions, don't let them control you.
II Corinthians 10:4-6 - "Bring into captivity every thought." The human mind can only think about one thing at a time. Thus it is not impossible for God to control your mind. Yield your mind to the Holy Spirit each moment. Ask Him to take control.
I Corinthians 9:27 - The appetites of the body are called "the flesh" in the scriptures. You can control your appetites, or they can control you. Appetites include: eating, drinking, sleeping, sexuality, nervous system (often triggers urges to smoke, drink, use drugs, etc.) The Lord can help you with this if you'll surrender your all to Christ - Galatians 5:16, 24-25.
James 3:8 - It is a sign of perfection if we can tame the tongue. (James 3:2) The tongue needs to be bridled. Its power for good or evil is awesome: James 3:5-6, Proverbs 18:21
II Corinthians 13:14 - The Holy Spirit is a real person. He is God. He lives inside of us as believers. Talk to Him. Have fellowship with Him. Get to know Him as real as you know God the Father and God the son.
Copyright 1997 Faith Bible Baptist Church - Pastor Arthur F. Kohl