March 30, 2018.    Pastor Charles

27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
1 Corinthians 9:27 (KJV)

27 But [like a boxer] I buffet my body [handle it roughly, discipline it by hardships] and subdue it, for fear that after proclaiming to others the Gospel and things pertaining to it, I myself should become unfit [not stand the test, be unapproved and rejected as a counterfeit].
1 Corinthians 9:27 (AMP)

Paul said, “I keep under my body.” Again, he differentiated himself from his body. If you are a new creation and you are renewing your mind, you have the ability to discipline your body and to subject it to control. When some Christians do the things they shouldn’t do, they say things like, “The Devil made me do it; I didn’t want to fornicate; it’s the Devil that pushed me.” The Bible says that sin shall not have dominion over you (Romans 6:14). If sin seems to be ruling over you as a believer, it is simply because you have allowed it to. Get some discipline into your life and put your body and its desires and appetites under control. You can do it because God says you can do all things through Christ, who gives you strength.

Put in subjection that habit and attitude that you constantly fall prey to. Put your hands on your chest and say, “I (mention your name) put my body under. I am in control.” You may say, “But I thought it is God who is in control.” That is an escape route so many Christians have chosen, to put all the responsibility on God. No, God is not in control. You are the one in control in Christ, in God. You have control over your body. If you are having issues putting your body under, then you need to grow up. One way to grow up is to desire the sincere milk of the Word (1 Peter 2:2). Study the Word of God and then your spirit man that is made in the image of God, will have the strength it needs to stay in control.

Confession: I put my body under. I have control over my body.