The secret of self-control 

Saturday September 9, 2023
Bob Gass
1 min read
0:00 No Audio

“Set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things).” Colossians 3:2 AMPC 

To have a disciplined life, you must have a disciplined mind. Jesus said Satan’s threefold purpose is to “steal and to kill and to destroy” (John 10:10). And you forget it at your own peril! In your own strength, you’re no match for Satan, but God will give you strength to overcome his strategies and exercise self-control. And the Bible tells us how: “Set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth.” Note the words “set your minds and keep them set.” Many cars come with speed control. When you reach the speed limit, you simply “set” the car’s computer by pushing a lever or hitting a button and the car maintains that speed. It won’t go above it or drop beneath it. Similarly, when your mind is programmed with God’s Word, you “set” your thoughts and desires on that which pleases God rather than that which satisfies the cravings of your lower nature. Self-discipline is the price of freedom. When you’re controlled by your impulses, you’re not free, you’re a slave. Even legitimate things can enslave you. The saying goes, “Too much of a good thing quickly becomes a bad thing!” Paul wrote, “Everything is permissible (allowable and lawful) for me; but not all things are helpful (good for me to do, expedient and profitable when considered with other things)…I will not become the slave of anything or be brought under its power” (1 Corinthians 6:12 AMPC). So the secret of self-control is to program your mind with God’s Word.

The Word for You Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from Celebration Enterprises, Inc. Copyright © 2024

Bible in a Year:

Give the Gift of Daily Hope

Your gift of just $100 can help print and distribute The Word For You Today to those who are struggling and need God's Word to lift them up.

Want daily encouragement? The Word For You Today will be emailed daily to you!

Sign up for The Word For You Today Email

* indicates required

Unsubscribe anytime



Give the gift of daily Hope to others.


Get positive, uplifting UCB Radio and The Word For You Today wherever you go with our FREE app. 


Let us stand with you and pray for your concerns.

UCB Radio Prayerline is powered by

Request Prayer

Previous Daily Encouragement

Read Today
Fri September 08

Commit to the relationship (4) 

Benjamin Franklin’s formula for a happy marriage was this: “Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.” One of the reasons marriages...

Read more
Mon September 04

God has not forsaken you

The Bible says, “Peter remembered the word of the Lord…‘Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.’ So Peter went out and...

Read more