Add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control.
(2 Peter 1:5–6, NIV)
Recently I noticed a sign on an office which read, “If you could kick the person responsible for most of your troubles, you wouldn’t be able to sit down for a week.” It’s true, isn’t it? Consider carefully these words:
An enemy I strove to know, he dogged my steps where ‘ere I’d go. My plans he balked and blocked my way. To lofty goals he answered, “Nay!” Till I from him the veil did draw, I looked and lo—myself I saw!
The Greek word for self-control means “to get a grip on.” Child of God, get a grip on your life, especially those areas where you’ve been undisciplined and inconsistent. You see, what you do in the hour of temptation, will depend on what you already are! When John Wesley’s students met each week, they would ask these four questions:
- What sins have you committed since we last met?
- What temptations have you faced?
- How were you delivered?
- What have you thought, said or done, of which you are uncertain whether it is sin or not?
Those are searching questions. Take some time today, get into God’s presence and answer them. How you do could well decide your destiny!
 Gass, B. (1998). A Fresh Word For Today : 365 Insights For Daily Living (p. 165). Alachua, FL: Bridge-Logos Publishers.