Proverbs 25:28 - Like a city breached, without walls, is one who lacks self-control.

This ancient proverb pointed to the vulnerability of the person without self control. Having one's appetites curbed and mastered keeps us from sin and even from just stupid decisions - protecting us from things that waste time and money, useless pursuits and entertainments, things that will addict and kill us.

Ancient cities had walls as thick and high as the city could afford and defend. In military conquests it was always the biggest challenge to breach the wall - either by tearing down a piece of it, storming the gates, or in the case of the Trojans deceiving their enemies into opening the gates and ingesting the hollow wooden horse that was their downfall. Once the wall is breached, the victory of the conqueror was quick. What destroys your wall - jealously, anger, greed, temptations to drugs, sexual adventures, evil thoughts about others, alcoholism, or the lure of fame and wealth? Do you sometimes feel like a defenseless city whose walls have been breached?

[ Prayer Starter ]

Father, keep us strong. Implant in us your wisdom and through your Spirit strengthen our defenses against sin. May our lives be daily lived for your glory as people of power and purpose. I ask this in Jesus' Name, Amen.

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