After reviewing the message notes carefully, read over this passage from 2 Peter a few times:
3 As we know Jesus better, his divine power gives us everything we need for living a godly life. He has called us to receive his own glory and goodness! 4 And by that same mighty power, he has given us all of his rich and wonderful promises. He has promised that you will escape the decadence all around you caused by evil desires and that you will share in his divine nature. 5 So make every effort to apply the benefits of these promises to your life. Then your faith will produce a life of moral excellence. A life of moral excellence leads to knowing God better. 6 Knowing God leads to self-control. Self-control leads to patient endurance, and patient endurance leads to godliness. 7 Godliness leads to love for other Christians, and finally you will grow to have genuine love for everyone. 8 The more you grow like this, the more you will become productive and useful in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But those who fail to develop these virtues are blind or, at least, very shortsighted. They have already forgotten that God has cleansed them from their old life of sin. 10 So, dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen.
2 Peter 1:3-10 (NLT)
Now think of some specific area in your life where you believe that you need to develop better self-control. Once you have something in mind, go through the following diagnostic questions:
1. Do I want to please God in this? (Be honest, because this is where it all starts!) If so, then start right now by praying for God to guide, strengthen and sustain you as you begin to get a grip on this area of your life.
2. Do I know what His opinion is about it? No guessing here. If you don’t know, then who could you ask that has a strong working knowledge of the Bible?
3. What steps could I take to begin getting a grip on this area of my life? Again, if I am uncertain, who could I ask that has dealt with something like this before? (A small group leader or Celebrate Recovery person would be a good resource.)
4. Who is someone I trust and respect that I will ask to help support me with prayer?