When you have developed these 7 control centers, you will build moral purity into your lifestyle. The result: Peace and contentment and glory to God!
To help you develop self-control, look up the verses for each of the seven control centers. Then evaluate:
- what you have done in the past in this area
- what you are doing at the present
- what you plan to do in the future
Be very specific.
Self-control is a fruit of the Holy Spirit, and paying attention to each of these 7 controls centers will help you build the necessary character to develop moral purity as a lifestyle.
The 7 Control Centers
- Thought Control: For as he thinks within himself, so he is. Proverbs 23:7; Romans 12:2; Philippians 4:8; 2 Corinthians 10:5
- Eye Control: The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. Job 31:1; Psalm 101:3; Proverbs 4:23, 25; Matthew 6:22-23
- Body Control: Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, 1Thessalonains 4:4; 1Timothy 4:7-8; Romans 6:12
- Companion Control: Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.” 1Corinthians 15:33; 5:9-11; Proverbs 13:20-21;22:24-25; 27:17
- Circumstance Control: Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. Romans 13:14; 1Thessalonians 5:22; 2 Timothy 2:22
- Influence Control: Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another 1Thessalonains 4:6-7; Proverbs 27:17; Romans 16:17-18
- Focus Control: Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. 2 Corinthians 5:9; 1 Corinthians 10:31; Philippians 2:3-4;Matthew 20:25-28