Hello everyone! It’s another brilliant Sunday! Where, I get the awesome opportunity of sharing my Sunday style and Sunday sermon with my amazing Zinkata readers. The Sunday column is one of my favourite columns on this website. It encompasses some of the most important things in my life: My faith, Family and Fashion, amongst other things of course! My Sunday style post recounts life as a Christian lady living in Lagos with her family, our Sunday outfits as well as also sharing with everyone my layman’s understanding of the sermon for today. A healthy mix of Fashion, Culture and Christianity!
My Sunday Style:
This week, I worshipped at my parents Anglican Church.I wore a sky-blue striped midi dress by The LadyMaker and available at Zinkata.The ruffle details down the sleeves and hemline of the dress added a little bit of texture and created the perfect balance to what could have been a really stark silhouette. I finished off my Sunday look with Silver Sandals, a Silver Clutch and a Black Fascinator.
See photos below:
Today’s Service was not a traditional Sermon. It was an interactive bible study on “Self Control“. It resounded really strongly with the congregation and there were quite a few insightful takes on the study matter. We started with an opening introduction to the definition of Self Control. “Self Control is the ability to control oneself in particular one’s emotions and desires, especially in difficult or pleasant situations”. We are encouraged as children of God to demonstrate self control at all times. Lack of self control even in the minor things could lead to destruction.
The Apostle John notes three powerful pulls that must be controlled:
- Lust of the flesh
- Lust of the eyes
- The Pride of Life
We also forayed into the different times in the bible where individuals acted with self control and also when they acted without self control and the consequences.
a. Adam & Eve: Eve was tempted by the Serpent and lost self control and ate of the tree of Good and Evil. The repercussion for that is widely known and experienced till today
b. The Story of Samson: Samson lost self control. He fell for Delilah, broke his vow to God and told her about his hair. He fell asleep and they got his hair sheared off and delivered him to the Philistines.
c. Our Saviour Jesus: Whilst Jesus was fasting in the wilderness for Forty days and Forty nights, the devil came to him and tested him in various ways. He stood fast on the word and did not fall.
d. The story of Joseph: Joseph was working for Potiphar. Potiphar’s wife tried unsuccessfully to seduce Joseph. This is a classic case of great self control.
There are so many other cases. Like the story of Esau and Jacob. Esau sold his birthright to Jacob in exchange for lentil stew.We are urged to avoid losing self control by fleeing quickly from the source of temptation. As well as trying to exercise restraint and self denial. A lack of self control is one of the biggest issues plaguing the world today.
Acting on impulse, excessive anger, covetousness, greed, dishonesty and all sorts of ills stems largely from negating to control ourselves from these earthly feelings.If we could take charge of our earthly bodies and commit it to the Lord, the world would be a much better place.
We should also be aware of things that could lead to a weakened self control
2. Bad Company
3. Immaturity (Spiritual & Physical)
4.Poverty: Inhibits us from thinking right
We can however be different! Self control is the ability to keep our head up when everybody is losing theirs. Daring to stand alone with your convictions and staying on the right lane.Staying obedient to the word of God helps us not to fall into any form of evil. “We can do anything through Christ that strengthens us”. Meditating on his word, reading the bible daily helps us stay cleansed, transformed and strong when we encounter things that have the potential to weaken our self-control.
As we go through our daily activities this week, may we listen to the small still voice and be exemplary individuals in all our interactions.