The Bible says we are to walk by the spirit and not give in to the fleshly desires of control, hurt, anger, fear, pride, arrogance, and all the other emotions that give the flesh satisfaction.

Apostle Paul told us we can control the flesh and the lusts thereof.

He warned us that the Holy Spirit and our spirit conflict, and we must choose to follow the Holy Spirit or our own spirit.

16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.” Galatians 5: 16-26

Good words, right?

The last thing I want to say about control is that we need to learn to bridle our tongue, which comes with self-control and restraint.

Ladies and gentlemen, the Apostle James said we are deceiving ourselves about being religious if we can’t control that little thing in our mouths called ‘tongue.’

“Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.” James 1:26

I don’t want to have a worthless religion.

If you don’t want a useless religion, talk to God to see if you have a controlling spirit and cannot bridge your tongue.

While talking to Him, confess your sins and let Him know you don’t want your whole body corrupted, the course of your life set on fire, and your body ends up in hell because of your tongue.

Apostle James states:

“The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.” James 3:6

All scripture is taken from the NIV version.

How would you describe a worthless religion?

How do you feel about the tongue being a world of evil and corrupting the whole body?