Proverbs 25:28

A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.

Devotional Thoughts

By David Wilkerson

It is possible for any Christian to lose control of his or her spirit. Whenever this happens the result is confusion, strife and conflict: “He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls” (Proverbs 25:28, KJV). The image is of a total loss of control.

This verse carries a powerful warning to every man and woman of God. When our protective walls come down, we become vulnerable to attack from demonic forces. Soon everything that was blessed in our life—our marriage, family, work and relationships—becomes filled with trouble. We all suffer the ordinary testing that comes to every Christian. But despite our trials God enables us to enjoy his peace through the years. A man’s marriage may be solid, his home full of love, his work blessed. This happens because he keeps his human spirit subject to the Spirit of Christ, and that keeps God’s protective walls around him strong and intact.

Yet this same godly man can begin to lose control over an aspect of his life. Soon his spirit is no longer subject to him. His patience lessens, his temper flares and he constantly argues with his family. He’s easily hurt, flying into jealous rages and using hurtful, cutting words.

This Christian’s home is now in serious trouble. He and his spouse misjudge every word between them and speak harshly to each other. Their children become victims of their bitter bickering. They see their mom and dad constantly sniping at each other, their arguments increasing. Without stability in the home these young people may turn to the world seeking comfort or some sense of control.

That Christian man’s life is now a troubled city. The walls are now down with no protection against an invasion of demonic powers. Sadly, this is happening in multitudes of homes. Something has caused Christians to lose control of their spirits, and the enemy is gaining free access to their hearts and homes.

But the moment your heart turns to the Lord, he begins the rebuilding process. He puts you back in control of your spirit. And you willingly obey his every Word to you. You’re no longer a troubled city without walls. Instead, your life is the beautiful vineyard he intended, a fragrant garden, inviting to all around you. Hallelujah!