From the Genesis of creation, GOD has set in place laws, and with them, their commensurate parameters. In the opening act of our sad saga of sin, we find the LORD warning man to eat of every tree but that one, and you'll be fine; eat of the forbidden one though, and you will die. By virtue of instruction and its bounds, comes an inherent and personal responsibility. Though the LORD has ordained layers of ecclesiastical, civil, and parental charge over us; it is still the individual who must ultimately maintain the walls. This is very distasteful to a generation which has excused away all abhorrent personal behavior as neurotic, and thus the notion of personal accountability is excused as well as absurd and unjust. The self-esteem cult has left men to practice self-will, not self-rule; and the landscape of humanity is littered with wall-less lives, overrun and broken down, as proof of this fact.
"But the fruit of the SPIRIT is ... temperance: against such there is no law." Note with me that the caveat of Proverbs 25:28 is not directed toward a lack of self-control, but a lack of SPIRIT-control. CHRIST comes to the broken down life and restores the walls in grace, which the curse of sin has destroyed. Each personal city of man HE redeems then becomes HIS outpost of power, inhabited of HIS SPIRIT. Fort spirit is defenseless apart from the fruit of the SPIRIT. "When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the SPIRIT of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him." It is to us then, HIS redeemed and indwelt, HE charges: "... Occupy till I come."
Feeling a little under siege in this world of sin? Fear not little fort of grace ... all is well and secure within these walls which HE builds.
"I will love thee, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my GOD, my strength, in WHOM I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. I will call upon the LORD, WHO is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies."