family devotions

Each week, CYPRESS CHAPEL will provide you with a devotion to center additional thoughts around the lesson that was shared on Sunday. Feel free to share them with friends!

Why are family devotions important? The hope of CYPRESS CHAPEL is that parents and kids are able to openly talk about their faith with each other.

Self-Control- the misunderstood discipline

August 1st Weekly Devotion

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7

I feel like 'self-control' is the black sheep of the fruits of the Spirit. It generally brings about a feeling of negativity. Deprivation. Giving things up.

What does biblical self-control mean?

It's not just about what we give up or what we say no to.  Self-control is also about what we say 'yes' to.  It's about what fills the spaces in our lives, what we are prioritizing.

Think of it this way.  Self-control opens the door to intentional living.  It can lead us to focusing our minds and our actions to be in tune to what God truly wants for our lives.  

When you look up synonyms for self-control, discretion comes up.  Discretion is the ability to make intelligent decisions.  With the power of the Holy Spirit working in our lives and with our growth in self-control we have freedom.  Freedom from the weight of cultural norms... freedom to live a life more in alignment with God's calling for us. 

a note for parents

[ sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from HIM - Psalm 127:3 ]

If you read Psalm 127 in its entirety, it speaks of the blessings God provides--home, security, food, and children. In particular, children are referred to as a heritage--gifts not possessions. And entrusted with these gifts, parents become stewards.

What an awesome responsibility to nurture--to feed, nourish, sustain, maintain, cherish, and provide for these gifts from God. As parents provide for their material needs, it is essential that we also take into consideration their spiritual needs. It is indeed the work of the Holy Spirit to plant faith in the hearts of our children and to cause that faith to grow. But it is also an awesome privilege to be an instrument of the Holy Spirit, to hear the splash of baptismal water, and to trust in God's loving care and direction for our children as they grow.

This note today is taken from Baby Jesus Visits the Temple by Alice Earnheart Maas.