“…being clear minded and self-controlled…”  [1 Peter 4:7]

Being able to focus in the midst of global confusion produces clear thinking, and clear thinking requires self-control.  Having a biblical worldview clears away the cobwebs that are created by living in a humanistic society.

“The great phase at present is the sophistic conception that a man is a law unto himself. “ [Oswald Chambers]   Not a new weakness, but the very nature of sin, it was the same yesterday, is today and will always be when man makes decisions based on his own thinking.  “In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit” [Judges 21:25 NIV]

“Self-control is a fruit of the Spirit” [Gal. 5:22], an attitude that thinks clearly.   An attitude that sets and maintains healthy boundaries instructed and constructed by the Word of the Living God. “…take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ,” because Christ is the truth.  His thinking ‘stays focused’.  [2 Corinthians 10:5b- John 14:6]  Easy?   No never, the way of Christ is the way of the Cross; it is ever before us when we think His thoughts!  The one who reigns as King of our lives sets the boundaries of our lives.

Like the Psalmist we can say, “The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places…you will fill me with joy in your presence…” [Psalm 16].  When God sets the boundaries there is more than clear thinking and self-control, there is joy!

Further Reading:   1 Peter 4; Psalm 4; Proverbs 4:1-17