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In Days 11-20

But the fruit of the Spirit is … self-control … – Galatians 5:22

During the month of Ramadan, Muslims abstain from eating or drinking from sunup to sundown. This requires great self-control, but without knowing it, they are relying on the flesh as they seek to please God.

Pray that their fasting and praying would result in the transformation of their hearts as they are met by Jesus. Ask that good would replace evil in places impacted by ISIS.

For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin. – Romans 7:18b-25

Pray that members of ISIS would be ruled by a spirit of self-control. May this fruit, which is the culmination of the fruits of the spirit, be manifest in their lives. Pray that they would not act under fear or requirement, but out of a spirit-filled life of joyful relationship with God.

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. – 2 Timothy 1:7
A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls. – Proverbs 25:28

We can do nothing apart from Christ; pray that the Holy Spirit would flow so freely in the lives of ISIS members that they could exercise self-control over all the temptations listed in Galatians 5:19-21: “sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these.”

Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. – Galatians 5:24

When asked if he wanted to see what the Bible has to say about living a holy life, Jalil responded, “How could I not want that?” As he and his family studied God’s word, they determined that they had to share this way of righteousness with their tribe. Read their response in Seeking the Path of Obedience.

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