WPC Warm Up, October 20, 2014
Have you seen the "Marshmallow Test"? I'll share a short clip with you this Sunday. It's about what some call "deferred gratification", or denying our desires. The Bible puts this in other terms. Paul says the "fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness," and the last aspect he calls "self-control". "Fruit" means "evidence", like blossoms on a tree are evidence of vital growth within. Self control is like this. Where you are struggling to say "no" is just where the Spirit of Christ is wanting to help you grow in your relationship with Him. This is why any of us have hope for breaking out of cycles and habits that seem to have taken over our lives. The secret is not what we say "no" to, but to Whom we say "yes". Trust Him. You are precious in His sight.
Pastor Dick Thompson