I just finished the 2nd week of Darlene Schacht’s bible study on A Virtuous Life. Darlene is one of the bloggers I follow. She can be found over at Time Warp Wife. This week’s theme was about Temperance. Temperance is about self-control, self-restraint, and moderation.
The flesh is a voice telling us to do it if it feels good with things that we don’t really need. The Spirit is the truth voice that has God’s wisdom and help us to battle away the flesh voice. Satan is the one that tempts us to disobey God. Satan is evil in the form of anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego. God is joy, peace, love, hope serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.
When we are leading in a virtuous life, we walk with the Spirit that helps us make choices daily to keep sin away. Spirit also helps us have self-control with our appetites, greed, body. We passionately keep pursuing God.
In Daniel 1, we do things that are clear as it will honor God. We are to bask in God’s wisdom and understanding in our lives. We can control our attitudes and actions by following God and doing things that are pure to Him. We are to know that we are God’s gift. It is easier to keep temptation away. God will honor those who honor Him.
In Matthew 4, we learn of Jesus being tempted in the desert. He was tempted by the Spirit to fast for 40 days and nights. Satan tempted Jesus to turn rocks into bread but Jesus defeated him by saying that his life depends on God. Satan also tempted Jesus to jump off the bridge but Jesus used God’s wisdom saying that it’s not good to test God and that he only serves Him. Angels then came to help Jesus. We can fight off Satan with God’s wisdom. We can only win through God, not Satan. Satan is subtle, spiteful and daring but can be resisted. If Christ can beat Satan, we can too! This encourages us to trust in Christ as he has been there himself. Diligence in honest calling is pleasing God. We are encouraged to depend on Jesus’ grace. Sin is the result of sickness, diseases and torment of the soul. Christ took away sin and heals soul.
In Galatians 5, Christ made us free so we are to stand strong in Him. Our hope with God comes through faith. Freedom is not a choice to do what pleases us. We are to serve one another with love. We are to follow the Spirit. We are not to cause trouble for each other or bring jealousy with each other. We are to walk in the Spirit. True Faith is a working grace that leads our love to God and to our brothers and sisters. We are to help one another and rejoice in one another. We are set to mortify the deed of the body and walk in newness of life. We are to bring forth good through Christ and that brings praise and glory to God.
Stay tuned for week 3 in Justice….