Do You Feel Safe? By Gloria Toti

Do you feel vulnerable in this world of ours?  

I do.

It feels like we have a nation without walls.

I know that my future grandchildren will grow up in this world.  Ouch…  

I must remind myself that God chose me to be alive at this time, and He has a plan.

My job is to learn what He wants me to experience with Him on the daily.

Today, I want to share a scripture with you from Proverbs 25:28…yes, it comes straight out of the book of wisdom…so it’s going to be good, but it’s probably going to sting a bit.  Bring it Lord.

“A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.” 

What did you hear?

First, I heard that self-control is a fruit of the Spirit.  It doesn’t originate from human means.

Second, I heard like a vulnerable city, we must have defenses.  A wall around an ancient city was designed to keep out the enemy. Judges at the gates determined who should be allowed in and who should remain outside.  Soldiers and gates enforced those decisions.

If you know anything about Galatians 5, it’s the heavenly garden where we learn about the fruit of the spirit.

Self-Control is tucked away with all those other fruity virtues that God has for us.  He knew we would need it.

Just like natural fruit comes in all shapes and sizes, I believe the spiritual fruit that will sustain our lives is no different.  

Is your fruit green, shriveled, puny, or thriving? 

If we could assign a shape to each of these spiritual virtues listed in Galatians, what do you think they would they look like?

What’s the largest fruit you can think of?

A watermelon.  Yep that’s what Self-Control would be, right?

Gentleness might look more like the size of a cantaloupe.

Unfortunately, there’s no market where we can acquire the fruit of the Spirit — instead, we need to become the orchard where these virtues grow within our souls.

We do not become a Christian on our own… and we cannot grow on our own.

The fruit of the Spirit is the change in our character that comes about because of the Holy Spirit’s work in us.

So, just sending a friendly reminder to check to see if we are aiding and abetting the enemy as he is busy planning to restrict our growth because we lack self-control. 

We often would like the fruit of the Spirit to appear instantaneously in our lives
but friends, even the fruit we consume in our smoothie drinks requires a great deal of time to grow.

“If someone prays for SELF-CONTROL, do you think God gives them self-control? Or does he give them the opportunity to be self-controlled?”

As the Spirit gives us self-control, we can refuse sin.

We need our righteous defenses to go up.

We need to put up some walls against false beliefs.

We need to protect ourselves.

Self-control restricts the indulgence of our foolish desires, and we find the liberty to love and live as we were meant to.

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Silvia velez

    ❤️ this word. Exactly what I needed today. Thank you.

  2. Vicky

    Wonderfully challenging and need in our walk through this world in these challenging days!

  3. Gloria Zavala

    Love the message Gloria . My first thought as I finished reading your inspirational words was ‘ in the beginning there was God . And in the now the same God is with us protecting , guarding his precious jewels and knowing that they will shine brightly amongst the world bringing others to his glory. Just like he is using you and Pastor Carl. During our daily walk we must always be aware of our surrounding . It is there that God has his arms open to the ones still walking in darkness. A kind word heals the heart of the broken spirit. Plan the seed of love no matter who that person may be… the Holy Spirit will always alert us of danger and listening will provide a way out. We must remind our children that the spirit of God is alive in each of them and never sleeps !!! I’m a gama of four and always have a watchful eye on them as well as my grown children. God has all the right tools to carry us through this journey. The greatest of all is the Bible and his love for us all . ( can hardly wait to hear your son and wife have been blessed with a child and you both will shine so much more. Its the BEST gift God can give grandparents. God bless you and your family🙏🏼❤

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