(1 Peter 1:13)
The aspect of self-control that is thought of here is that of soberness. It is the quality of a sound, alert and steady mind.
It is very easy in today’s world to be caught up in the latest spiritual fashion and activity or the spreading dullness of belief. We can also be misinformed by incorrect and misguided teaching that has as its focus something other than the glory and authority of God. It is not for Christians to be at the beck and call of such things. Under the influence and guidance of the Holy Spirit we are called to establish the Person in whom to believe, the foundational truth of His teaching and to live accordingly.
Paul has told us that
“the holy Scriptures .. are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:15-17)
The Bible is our starting point and our continual source of instruction and guidance. Jesus emphasised it for us when He said that,
“Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4)
To live on God’s word is to perceive it, receive it, believe it and observe it – not as a mere legality but as a reflection of the high regard in which we hold Him and His great sacrifice of Love for us. Through an ongoing prayerful reading of Scripture, and a careful study of what it says on matters of vital importance, we can build up in our own minds a strong core of teaching on which to base our lives and living.
Always remember that God’s word as we have received it is not an end in itself. God Himself is always our focus and our goal. His word is living and vital because of whom He is.
Soak yourself in the Scriptures.
Lord God please open Your word to me, and open me to Your Word, in Jesus name. Amen.