Time to Execute

Plans are wonderful, but there comes a time when people must execute their plans. God blesses the effectual doers not the hearers who delude themselves (James 1:22-25).
Getting the job done takes self-control. If you wish to lose weight, you must do the things that call for weight loss — watching what you eat and exercising. Talking about it won’t make much difference.
Self-control is one of the elements of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22,23). Paul told the Christians in Galatia, “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16). When we focus on the things of God, listen to the teaching that comes from God through his Spirit, we won’t focus on the things of the flesh. We find it easier to say “no” to ourselves.
Self-control and love also leads us to fulfill the work God has given us to do. We touch a soul for Jesus, we teach a class, we encourage the hurting, we feed the hungry, or we sacrifice ourselves a thousand ways to glorify God.
Self-control means making what we ought to do into what we are doing and want to do. Jesus said, “not my will but Yours be done.” He chose to do the Father’s will. Doing the Father’s will, even at such a great cost, was more important to him than his own life.
We do not remember Jesus so much for talking about salvation as we do for acting for our salvation. His death on the cross gave his words far greater meaning. Act, and the blessed will bless God and you for it.

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