Pizza DogThis is a cute picture. But really it’s a picture of tremendous self-control.Every dog I know loves pizza!

As followers of Jesus each of us is called to self control (Galatians 5:22-23); and each of us is equipped to have it.

God the Holy Spirit resides within us. (Romans 8:9)

The evil desires, which each of us has from time to time, due to our lingering sin natures, can & must be checked by the Holy Spirit.

Notice how happy the dog is in obedience to his master’s command not to eat!

“When tempted, no one should say, ‘God is tempting me’. For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.”
(James 1:13-14)

Self-Control is not common these days. But it is possible; and it is an unexpected key to happiness and joy!

The alternative is being dragged away to an ugly place where we never imagined we’d be.