You might have heard it said that the fruit of the Spirit is self-control. But what is self-control and what does the Bible have to say about it? Download this FREE topical Bible reading plan and spend 21 days meditating on what God’s word has to say about self-control!
There is a fundamental truth about self-control that I missed for many years.
I thought if I “just say no” to temptation everything would be fine. I could just stop whatever bad habits I possessed, and I could by the very act of my will make myself be a good person and do the right things.
The problem was that I couldn’t “just say no.” I didn’t have enough willpower or guts to “just say no.”
I remember many nights lying in bed, throwing prayers to the ceiling and wishing I hadn’t given into sin.
What I needed was self-control, but the thing about self-control is that it is a gift.
Because you see, self-control is a fruit of the Spirit.
Romans 8:13 tells us that it is “by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body.”
So, how do you grow in self-control?
Is it a fruitless effort to even try to grow?
By no means!
As I contemplated how to compile this month’s Bible reading plan, I kept thinking that it is only by grace that we receive the Spirit of God that enables us to live godly lives.
And we can only obey God in as far as we know God.
Therefore, with the help of my assistant, Ashley, we’ve compiled 21 verses on self-control that you can meditate on while asking the Holy Spirit to help you grow in wisdom so that you might walk in obedience to His word.
The fight for self-control is actually a fight of faith.
As you invest in the things that God’s word says you should invest in (Bible study and prayer to name a couple), you can take hold by faith that He will help you grow in self-control.
Sign Up to Receive the 21-Day Bible Reading Plan on Self Control
This 21-Day Bible Reading Plan will guide you through various Scriptures that are all tied to growing in Self-Control.
To download your FREE Self-Control Bible Reading Plan, enter your email address below and we’ll send it right over. Plus you’ll receive access to ALL of our Bible reading plans (which is proving to be quite the selection!).
Self-Control Bible Reading Plan Journal (Printable Download)
If you’re interested, we have created a companion JOURNAL to go with the reading plan!
This beautiful printable journal is meant to guide you through the 21-day Bible reading plan.
It gives you question prompts and space to journal your own thoughts as you read and meditate on what God’s Word says about self-control.
- 21-days of Scripture passages on self-control
- Daily questions to guide your reading
- Room to journal your responses to each question
- A focused plan to guide you into a deeper understanding of self-control
The plan is FREE, but you can find the Companion Journal in the Intentional by Grace store.
Why 21 Days?
Our Bible Reading Plans are just 21 days long.
This way you don’t have to worry about “getting behind” if you’re working through one Bible reading plan a month. You can work at your own pace and go deeper into each area of text if you desire.
Plus, there are no dates or days marked on the plans. This means you can skip around and read the passages in any order you like, at any time of year you like.
We are praying this Bible reading plan and journal companion will help you have a special place to record your thoughts as you quiet your heart and mind to read God’s Word and grow in wisdom and truth.
To download your FREE Self-Control Bible Reading Plan, enter your email address below and we’ll send it right over.
We pray this Bible Reading Plan blesses you and encourages you to dive deeper into various areas of study for His glory.