Bacon, Eggs and God
But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
The character of a wise and virtuous man is one that has rule over his own spirit; he maintains the control of himself, his appetites and his passions. He has the rule of his own thoughts, his desires, his inclinations and his resentments; hence, he governs them in a proper manner. He can do so because the Spirit of God dwells within.
The vicious man is one who has not this rule over his own spirit. When temptations to excess are before him, he cannot govern himself. When he is provoked, he responds with unreasonable passions. He is like a city that is broken down and without walls.
Ancient cities depended upon their walls for protection. Tall fortifications constructed from massive blocks of stone, provided a measure of security. If the walls were breached, attacks could come from any direction.
Self-control, fashioned by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, is a measure of security for the believer. Our wall of defense does not mean that attacks or challenges will never befall us, but the Holy Spirit provides us with the wisdom as to how we deal with confrontations and challenges. Without self-control, every trial is seen as a life-threatening attack and a person without restraint will succumb to exhaustion from engaging in every direction. We are not to be as one that beateth the air. The fighter who fights wildly loses his focus and is lost; for this reason, his opponent seizes every opportunity and gains the advantage.
He who has the indwelling of the Holy Spirit can rule over his emotions and fears. He has a light within which teaches him what is sin. He has a love within which extinguishes the flame of temptation. He has a motive to resist; he has power for resistance; he has hope in resisting. He can rebuild any walls that were broken down, because Jesus Christ builds our wall on firmer foundations. Any attempts to rule over our own spirit will surely fail; but if we let Christ rule over our spirit, then it will rule itself. Our new nature, now in Christ, is a walled city as needing defense, and as possessing the defense which it needs.
The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.