We have all let our feelings have the power to control our actions at one point in time or another. This month I believe that God wanted me to write this blog because it is time for us to establish dominion over our feelings through self control and discipline. We have had our time in letting our feelings be the determining factor in how our day will go, how we will treat others, or even how we will act. When we have been angry, we have acted out with rage. When we have felt frustrated or impatient about a situation, we have acted out with aggravation. The list goes on and on but the question is; how?
Establishing dominion over my own feelings through self control has been an ongoing pursuit that I have and still am working on in various areas of my life. Since I can remember, I have always felt drawn to sweets. Peach cobbler, rice pudding, pecan pie, apple pie, funnel cake, ice cream, you name the sweet and 9 times out of 10 there is a special place in my heart for it. Due to my love for sweet foods, somewhere down the line I found myself daily eating sweets. Whenever I felt as though I wanted a sweet food to eat, I simply went and got it or made it for myself. More recently, I have begun to discipline myself with food, so when I begin to feel as though I want something sweet just because I am used to eating it, I choose to eat a healthier choice, go workout, or simply deny my flesh. Now this does not mean that I do not eat any sweet foods anymore, I have just simply begun to establish that dominion over my feelings by choosing when I will or won’t eat sweets.
In the same way that Jesus denied his flesh from eating or that I have had to deny my flesh from having sweets, we must begin to control our feelings by owning them and not letting our feelings own us. Lets begin to act in a way that we know is right, not necessarily because we feel that we should but simply because we know that we should.
Thank you for blessing us with another wonderful month. We come before you praying a simple prayer. Fill us up so that your spirit dwells within us, Galatians 5:22-23. May each one of us overflow with the fruit of the spirit. “But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-constraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [that can bring a charge].” In Jesus name we pray, Amen.