Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no Law.

From drugs, to pornography, to over-eating, to excessive television watching, there are so many addictions that will attempt to overtake our lives.

For those who really want to please God, we don’t want to be bound by those addictions all our lives. We want to overcome them. Part of overcoming any addiction is operating in the fruit of the spirit known as, self-control.

Self-control is exactly how it sounds. We take control of ourselves. We have to make an intentional decision to not give in to that temptation. Once we feel tempted to satisfy our flesh, we must:
1. Recognize this is an attack from the enemy to compel us to not honor God.
2. Believe with every temptation, God provides a way to escape (1 Cor. 10:13).
3. Consult the Holy Spirit on our escape route from that temptation.

As we follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, we’ll avoid the traps of the enemy. But, just know, he’ll return again. Overcoming addictions begins with us. We must make the initial decision to have self-control rather than allowing outside factors to control us.