Ruling Over Your Spirit

“He who has no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down and without walls.” Proverbs 25:28 AMP

When I read this verse, it leapt off the page and grabbed me. We have such a narrow context for self-control, thinking it only applies to our actions. But what if it goes beyond that, to our very spirits?

Do you have control over your spirit?

If you watch your dreams disappear, do you lose hope, or do you rise up in faith, knowing the God who called you?

If you encounter opposition, do you turn and run, or do you march boldly into the fray, knowing your God has your back?

Maybe it’s even more basic than that. It might be losing a game. It might be forgetting your lunch. It might be saying something stupid. It might be trying something new. If you make a mistake, do you cower in shame, or do you revel in the love of your perfect Father?

Until you learn to control your spirit, Proverbs says you aren’t safe. You might not be able to control your emotions, but apparently you can choose to be strong in spirit. When you live in that place of utter rest in the spirit, there is no circumstance that the enemy can throw your way to unsettle you because you are like a secured fortress.

In the end, you will have a choice whether you let your spirit be overtaken by the tragedies and worries of this life. Will your wall be broken down, or will it be found strong against the enemy?

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