by Steve Wagers

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How To Keep Your Head, When Everyone Else Is Losing Theirs! (9 of 9)
The Sweet Taste of Spirit Fruit
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Galatians 5:19-24

1. I once read of a flight instructor who was sitting next to his student in their single-engine plane. He looked to his student, and said, "I think it's time to take her in for a landing. Are you ready to go down?" The student replied, "No problem. Let's do it." As they approached the runway, the instructor looked at his student and noticed he was extremely calm. Normally, students coming in for their first landing were nervous, wide-eyed, and sweaty. But, this young man looked as cool as a cucumber. The instructor thought to himself, 'I can't believe how calm this young man is. He will make a great pilot!'

2. Suddenly the plane hit the runway with a thud, bounced fifty feet into the air, hit and bounced again, ran off the runway, and landed upside down in a cornfield. The instructor, upside down and still strapped in his seat, shouted, "Son, that was the worst first landing any student of mine has ever made." The asked, "Me? I thought you were landing the plane!" That young student may not be in control of the plane, but was certainly in control of himself.

3. The fruit of the Spirit that we are concluding our study with tonight deals with the matter of "temperance," or self-control. It is the ability to be in control when everything is out of control. It is the ability to keep your head when everyone else is losing theirs.

4. I believe you would agree that we live in a society that is like a runaway locomotive; it is one that is out of control. In fact, today's tree of culture is mostly barren of the fruit of self-control. For example, our society is financially out of control. Americans are the most indebted people on planet Earth, with household debt averaging $71,555, twice that of Great Britain and 80 times that of Switzerland. (1) It was reported that last year, our nation's credi ...

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