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Galatians 5:22 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.

As we can see, one of the gifts of the Spirit is self-control. Self-control should be applied in multiple areas such as eating, sleeping, and parenting. One of the biggest areas where self-control is truly needed is self-control in our spending.

Some of us have a bad habit of spending our hard-earned money on the newest, latest, and greatest items. There’s a feeling like we’ve got to have it now (whatever it is). That’s a lack of self-control. People are going into debt because they can’t control their spending. That debt impacts their credit where they can’t make major purchases like a house or obtain the financial backing to start a business.

If we desire something, go to the Holy Spirit. Ask Him if it’s okay to buy the item. He’ll tell us to stand in faith for the item, yes, or not now. That desire may change in a couple of months. Don’t buy stuff to be with the cool crowd. Buy it because you like it and the Holy Spirit has given you permission. Have self-control.

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