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Secrets of self-control (6)

‘Don’t give the devil a chance.’ Ephesians 4:27 GNT   Avoid the things that tempt you. Stay away from situations that weaken your self-control. If you do not want to be stung, stay away from bees. Plan in advance to avoid situations that you know are going to cause temptation in...

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Secrets of self-control (3)

‘The grace of God…teaches us to say “No.”‘ Titus 2:11-12 NIV Talk back to your feelings. We put far too much emphasis on our feelings. We think everything has to feel good or it’s not worthwhile. We say things like, ‘I don’t feel like studying…I don’t feel like working…I don’t...

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Secrets of self-control (2)

‘With the Lord’s help, [you] will stand.’ Romans 14:4 NLT   Put your past behind you. ‘[This] one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, I press on towards the goal’ (Philippians 3:13-14 NIV). This Scripture exposes a misconception that will keep you from...

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Secrets of self-control (1)

‘A man’s temptation is due to the pull of his own inward desires.’ James 1:14 PHPS For the next few days let’s look at how to develop self-control. Here’s the first step: accept responsibility for your lack of self-control. Admit your problem. ‘A man’s temptation is due to the pull of...

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Rules of engagement.

‘A gentle answer deflects anger.’ Proverbs 15:1 NLT Even in the best of marriages arguments arise from time to time. With two people of differing temperaments, tastes and ways of thinking, how could it be otherwise? So here are a few rules of engagement: (1) Think before you speak. Ask yourself...

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Strengthen your faith (3)

‘Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in you.’ Psalm 56:3 NKJV Faith is like a muscle; trouble may strain it, but in the end it grows stronger. David understood this truth. He was continually hounded by his enemies. Even as he was being anointed to sit on the throne...

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Remember those who have helped you.

‘You sent help more than once.’ Philippians 4:16 NLT Charles Swindoll tells the story of the giving tree: ‘When the boy was young he swung from the tree’s branches, ate her apples, and slept in her shade…But as he grew up he spent less and less time with the tree. “Come...

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Handling panic attacks

‘Do not be afraid of sudden fear.’ Proverbs 3:25 NAS In the Bible, panic attacks are referred to as ‘sudden fear’. You can’t breathe, your palms sweat, your chest gets tight and you feel weak. If you’ve ever experienced a panic attack, you’ll recognize these symptoms. Doctors estimate that in...

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Seven seconds (3)

‘I am the good shepherd.’ John 10:11 NKJV You never get a second chance to make a good first impression. Your message may be wonderful and much needed by the hearer, but the look on your face can turn people off before you open your mouth. Ever notice how many...

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Seven seconds (2)

‘Who is wise…among you? Let them show it by…wisdom.’ James 3:13 NIV   In the first seven seconds people often decide whether they want to hear what you have to say or not.   In How to Talk So People Listen, communication expert Sonya Hamlin says that of hearing and seeing,...

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