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Whitsunday, Nine Days of Prayer, Day 9 - Self-control

And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. - Genesis 2:2

Read: Genesis 1:1-2:3

This passage may seem like an odd place to end our Nine Days of Prayer and an even stranger place to draw from to talk about self-control. But undoubtedly, you’ve heard that Genesis drew from other ancient near east myths. A lot of these claims are dubious; however, it is reasonable to think that the creation account in Genesis is a response to some of them. At least part of the reason that Moses writes is so that the reader may know that the world wasn’t created out of some drunken feast by capricious gods, but instead it was created in loving order by a God who is very much in control. In the creation narrative we see that God maintains perfect self-control to create the beauty we see every day around us. We, by the power of the Holy Spirit, are likewise called to manifest this same self-control in our lives.

1. Do I live my life in the Spirit with self-control? 2. Have there been times when I lost control that I need to repent of or apologize for? 3. Throughout this week, how has the Holy Spirit worked in my life?

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