“And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.”
(1 Corinthians 9:25).
Becoming a slave to habits that destroy body and mind has been the downfall of many a promising athlete. What a pathetic sight is that of a young person capable of doing great things, but handicapped by intemperate living, and lacking self-control.
To be able to say “Yes” or “No” at the right time is an indication of a Christ-controlled life in the power of the Spirit of God. “The fruit of the Spirit is … temperance” (Galatians 5:22-23).
The Apostle Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13). We don’t have to give way to every desire of the natural man. All the power to live a godly, temperate life for Christ is at our disposal. “The grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world” (Titus 2:11-12). How much is this true of you?