Walk This Way PT 3: Physical & Spiritual Self-Control
Galatians 5:16 NKJV
16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
Yield – to surrender; to capitulate (cease to resist); to submit; to
give in; to give up; to show the white flag to the Holy Spirit.
There is no Greek word for “self”. The word “self” in verse 23
literally means “in strength” or “strength within”.
Self-control gives the wrong impression; it is not the self that
gives us control, but the Spirit who gives this control.
Acts 1:8 NKJV
8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Acts 2:4 NKJV
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Acts 2:12-15 NKJV
12 So they were all amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “Whatever could this mean?” 13 Others mocking said, “They are full of new wine.” 14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words. 15 For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day.
So, let’s establish this fact: to those who have never heard someone speaking in tongues, a common response is confusion, perplexity, and wrong assumptions (“being drunk”).
Paul writes a letter to the Corinthian church to bring understanding of this wonderful experience—speaking in
I grew up in a church where people could pray out loud in tongues
I Corinthians 14:2 NKJV
2 For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.
1. When we speak in tongues, we are speaking to God, not people; it is our personal prayer language.
2. No one understands the person speaking in their personal prayer language (tongues). They edify themselves, not others.
I Corinthians 14:4 NKJV
4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.
Ask yourself if what you are doing is bringing attention to you or to God.
I Corinthians 14:12 NKJV
12 Even so you, since you are zealous for spiritual gifts, let it be for the edification of the church that you seek to excel.
I Corinthians 14:16-19 NKJV
16 Otherwise, if you bless with the spirit, how will he who occupies the place of the uninformed say “Amen” at your giving of thanks, since he does not understand what you say? 17 For you indeed give thanks well, but the other is not edified. 18 I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all; 19 yet in the church I would rather speak five words with my understanding, that I may teach others also, than ten thousand words in a tongue.
I Corinthians 14:23 NKJV
23 Therefore if the whole church comes together in one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those who are uninformed or unbelievers, will they not say that you are out of your mind?
I Corinthians 14:28 NKJV
28 But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in church, and let him speak to himself and to God.
I Corinthians 14:37 NKJV
37 If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord.