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Proverbs 25:28

    “Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down, without walls.”

In the ancient times cities were surrounded by walls to protect them from invaders. Typically they would have guards posted at any entrance inside  the city along with some sort of door that could close down or draw up. The goal was to protect the city and all the inhabitants at all costs. On the tops of the walls, archers would stand and fire arrows at attackers. A city that had no walls was a very easy target but a city that had no walls and had inhabitants who were divided and scattered was even easier. Our study verse uses the construction of the city allegorically to explain the threat to a person who has no rule over his own spirit. The phrase “no rule over his own spirit” refers to someone who lacks moral character. It is someone who has a divided mind on what they know to be “right”. I know of a person whose parents taught them not to ever drink nor to use drugs. They did not, however stress to them the importance of sexual purity. This person was divided in their notions of right and wrong and thus fell to immoral sexual temptation. They were an easy target for the wicked one. They were a city broken down and without walls. They had no chance at defending themselves against the attack of the enemy because they were divided in their moral construct. Therefore to wage an effective defense against the wicked one, we must know exactly where we stand on moral character based on the Word of God and we must walk in the self-control that God has given us at salvation so that we can maintain a congruent moral line that is free of dangerous breaches.

    Furthermore, most people act as if self-control is something they have to gain- like age. They do not realize that one of the fruits of the born-again spirit is self-control. The reality is that most people want to do what they want to do when they want to do it, so they choose not to employ the self-control that God has given them. When they are placed in a position that requires self-control, they are easily attacked because they have not learned how to use the self-control that God gave them. Proverbs 25:28 also indicates this. A lack of self-control brings a threat because it places a person in a vulnerable position, like a city broken down without walls. 

    It is imperative that we, as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ as the Messiah, teach ourselves how to properly use the gifts and abilities God has given us. This refers to those gifts and abilities beyond just our own personal “talents” and extends to gifts and abilities that are necessary and practical for everyday life. 

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