by Dennis Marquardt

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Self-Control Is Love's Victory (9 of 9)
Series: Fruit of the Holy Spirit
Dennis Marquardt
Galatians 5:23; Romans 8:22-27; 2 Timothy 3:1-4; 1 Corinthians 9:22-10:13

INTRO: One of the greatest dangers in life is not from an outside source! The greatest danger a person can face is an undisciplined life! There have been those who nearly conquered the world but never themselves, men like Napoleon, many of the Herods, Alexander the Great, and even many of the Pharaohs of Egypt. We have seen this failure even in our modern political leaders whose discipline over their own lives was sorely lacking though they led this great nation. Success in conquering others but failing to conquer self makes men and women unproductive, unfulfilled, sometimes broken and depressed … which many of these leaders experienced.

Much of the unproductiveness, pain, and unhappiness in our culture today are the result of undisciplined lives.

Greatness does not come from power over others; it comes from power over self. It is a terrible lie that it does not matter how a leader lives his/her own personal life as long as he governs well -- the example of an undisciplined life will only encourage another generation of undisciplined lives!

Victory and happiness does not come from what we have but who we are.

Love can become lust without self-control,
Faith without self-control becomes fanaticism,
Good pride without self control becomes arrogance,
Courage without self-control becomes craziness,
Joy without self-control becomes giddiness,
It is impossible to be what God wants us to be without self-control.

PROP. SENT: The Bible teaches us that an undisciplined life results in terrible losses; no one is truly victorious in life without real self-control.

I. PROBLEM OF SELF-CONTROL Rom. 8:20-27; 2 Tim. 3:1-4

A. Predicament! Rom. 8:20-25; 2 Tim. 3:1-4
1. In a single moment of failed self-control the universe was plunged into sin!
a. This distor ...

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