*WISDOM FOR TODAY.*
*THE CONTROLLED SPIRIT AND THE ENCOURAGED SOUL.*
Proverbs 25:28 *He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.
*Insight and Highlight.*
Prov 16:32 *He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.*
The elders have a saying which goes that 'anyone identified to be a good repairer started by repairing himself'.
Change begins with you.
No one can change you if you are not willing to change.
No one can change your situation if you are not willing to change.
A man who has no self-control over his spirit sets himself up for trouble with God and man.
A man who puts no restraint on his anger, challenges, passions, desires, and affections; will always be in danger of being carried away by them and involved in sin and destruction; he has no defence when temptation assaults him, having lost self-control.
David chose to be a patient person before being a warrior. Truly, one with self-control is stronger than a mighty man who takes a city.
He chose to be patient than powerful,
How do you exercise patience?
How can you be more powerful than a mighty man who takes over a whole city?
Let us look further into the life of David.
Yesterday, we began to look at how David's Ziklag was attacked and burned. Every man's *...wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were taken captives.*, 1 Sam 30:3. So, also were David's wives,1 Sam 30:5.
It was an irreparable collosal loss and a heartbreak. Worse for David were the people whom David was leading. They lost confidence in him.
The people *'....wept, until they had no more power to weep.*, 1 Sam 30:4, 6.
David consoled himself by encouragement.
His life in the midst of this great loss teaches us a few things.
First, in the time of your distress, you may find no one to encourage you.
They may console you, but the encouragement you need may not be as much as you would need to encourage yourself.
Effective encouragement begins with us. David was able to encourage himself because he controlled his spirit. Anger is a spirit. The better you control yourself, the better the results you will achieve.
David and the success he achieved teach us that no one could encourage you than yourself.
Job lamented over his friends, calling them.miserable comforters because rather than encourage him, they added more to his problems, Job 16:2.
He further lamented pitifully saying that a despairing man, a man in trouble, one who is afflicted, should have the kindness of his friend, Job 6:14.
Second, people you trust most may be your greatest disappointment in time of trouble.
The people David was leading were his greatest antagonists. They were speaking of stoning him, 1 Sam 30:6.
They had forgotten the good days.
Job lamented after the loss of close friends who may have been there at the beginning but were no longer there for him.
Job remembered when he washed his steps with butter, and the rock poured out to him rivers of oil.
He remembered when he went to the gate of the city and took his seat in the public square and how the young men saw him and withdrew, and the old men rose to their feet, Job 29:7
During these good days, those who heard of him spoke well of him, and those who saw him commended him.
He rescued the poor who cried for help and the fatherless who had none to assist them.
Those who were dying blessed him, and he made the widow’s heart sing, Job 29-7-24.
As at the time he was harrowing and lamenting, there was no one but he and his God. Job controlled himself in his distress.
Control yourself in the midst of provocation. When you do, you will be stronger than a person who acts in haste.
No one can encourage you effectively if you do not encourage yourself.
*Call to Word action.*
Do not act before you think. Do not look for people to encourage you. Encourage yourself.
Prov 13:16 *Wise people think before they act; fools don't—and even brag about their foolishness.*
*The Christian clarion duty.*
Think before you act. David, by encouraging himself, gave himself a chance to think before he acted.
Lord, help me to think before l act, in Jesus name.
Good morning all and have a blessed day today.
God bless you.