2 Peter 1:5-8 NIV
The Word says that a person will die for lack of discipline and instruction, and in his folly he will go astray and be lost (see Proverbs ). You can’t buy discipline, but you have an inner ability to develop self-control.
By spending time with God, you can be filled with His Spirit and controlled by His power to live a calm life with a well-balanced mind of discipline and self-control (see 2 Timothy 1:7). Consciously add self-control to your behavior today.
Give God Control
You will not enjoy your day if anything is out of control. You can keep your temper, moods, emotions, appetite, mouth, and thoughts in line with God’s Word if you give Him control over the areas you want to subdue with faith. God created us with a free will, and we can choose the thing that is best for us.
Desire God’s Heart
1 Peter 4:1-2
You have desires of the flesh, but you also have desires inspired by the Holy Spirit. You have a mind of flesh, but you also “have the mind of Christ” and “hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart”
(1 Corinthians 2:16).
Learn to determine where your desires are coming from. Desires from your flesh don’t bring peace, but desires from God’s Spirit bring joyful rewards. Exercise self-control, and choose those desires that are planted in you by the Holy Spirit.