Without Self-Control

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I’m not exactly sure what the little building was for.

It had a small fence in front of it.

There were no windows or doors.

In fact, there didn’t seem to be any walls.

Just posts to hold up the sturdy looking roof.

It was some type of shelter, I’m sure, but it would not have been able to protect someone inside from anything other than sun and rain.

If it had been constructed with walls, windows and doors, that would have been a different story.

Someone inside could have been protected from anything outside.

Proverbs 25:28 in The Message reads,

“A person without self-control is like a house with its doors and windows knocked out.”

A house with missing windows and doors is unprotected, much like the structure I saw.

Someone who does not have self-control is unprotected, as well.

Just about anything can come into their lives because there are no boundaries or barriers to keep the bad things out.

Those windows and doors are the boundaries and barriers in our lives that can open up to let good things in and shut tightly to keep what is not good from entering.

I need to consider—-

Do I have self-control?

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Where We Always Hoped We Might Stand

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Where have you always hoped you might stand?

By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us—set us right with him, make us fit for him—we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that’s not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.

–Romans 5:1-2  The Message

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