The Monday Morning Blog: “Getting Rid Of The Old Interfaces”
By Richard Gazowsky
Temperance is an application that runs in your spiritual interface and can determine your success or failure in all spiritual engagements. God is downloading increasing levels of power to you, but it is your ability to use temperance to control that power that will determine what level of success your life is going to achieve.
I am amazed at how many times even the smallest act of obedience to God’s simple word can cause tremendous miracles and define action that will result in historical accuracy in its miraculous fulfillment. In ancient times a mighty general from the country of Syria once came to Israel to see the prophet because, even though he could win mighty battles, he could not conquer the war against leprosy that was taking over his physical body.
Yet the prophet of God didn’t even bother to come outside his house and talk to the general, but sent his servant to tell the general to dip seven times in the Jordan River and he would be healed. The general immediately became upset because the Jordan River was dirty. At least the prophet could’ve told him to dip seven times in a much cleaner river back in Syria. The application that the general needed to run in his personal spirit was temperance.
The general needed to control his urge to use his power, and instead temper his authority by using obedience to the word of God. His servant even commented, “If he would’ve asked you to win a battle or a war it would’ve been easy. But he simply asked you to dip in the river Jordan seven times.” This is a clear illustration of what it means for you to hold back all of your fleshly activities into submission to obedience to the word of God.
Temperance is the master of the battlefield of self-control. As I am sitting at home in my prayer spot, contemplating this word and the programming application that operates in my spirit called temperance, I am at the same time faced with 12 different problems ~ and each one could instantly become catastrophic. But it is temperance that is holding my flesh at bay. None of these difficulties should I try to answer by my own skills. I must wait patiently upon the Lord, for only He has an answer for each one of the problems. I am finding that in the skill of patience every problem will eventually turn into a miraculous miracle of promotion.
The triumph that was won by the general that didn’t have to engage in battle was more than a mere victory because it elevated him to the position of conqueror. This is the power of temperance. In Hebrews the fourth chapter, Apostle Paul is just trying to get us to understand that God has been waiting for us all these thousands of years to finally let Him fight our battles, and let temperance have its perfect work in us:
“There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into His rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from His. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.” As you can see, entering into God’s rest requires the use of the application of temperance. It is also “up close and personal.” But the use of sophisticated applications such as this increase your power in spiritual operations.
Don’t think you can gain power against the forces of darkness without the advanced use of temperance. By “advanced use” I am talking about the ability to control your own increasing power. After God places His wealth in your hands, it is important that you utilize temperance to control your use of that wealth. As God even puts influence in your voice, how you control the use of your influence is how you control the personal power that has been afforded to you by God’s blessing.
I believe this is why the Scripture says, “If you are faithful in little, He shall make you ruler over much.” Nowhere in life is this principle seen more than in the actions of minor decisions and little things that you do. The action of temperance is always easy to see even in the tiniest events. Observe what you do every day. Does it show your temperance?