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Our Inside vs. our Outside

Ask God for a successful day one where you need some discipline. And plan on there being a successful day two, and so on.


Our verse for today comes from 2 Peter 1:5-6, ” For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self- control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness. “


Are you on a diet? If so, you are becoming more and more aware of the amount of self- control that you have. Or maybe you already knew of your relative ” strength ” in that area, and that’s why you’re on the diet now. A major shift takes place when someone decides that they want to lose weight. There is plenty of warning and instruction that the food choices will have to change, the proportions will probably be smaller, and eating food from home will need to become a priority. But what doesn’t get enough discussion is the fact that underlying all of these decisions is the basic requirement that the person exhibit a high level of self- control. The success of the weight-loss program relies much more heavily on the discipline of the individual than it does on the particular impact that one food might have over another. Choosing to eat better or eat less or exercise more is a battle that isn’t simply waged once when the diet begins. There is no autopilot switch that gets flipped and the diet just runs its course and the pounds and inches go their merry way. No, there is a day two. And a week two. And then, hopefully, a month two, where the success is visible and the self-control is paying huge dividends.


So, if you’ve battled the waistline, self-control has stared you right in the face. But if you’re not a dieter, if you haven’t wrestled with your weight, have you given much thought to self- control? The fact is, food is just one small area where we need to exercise this fruit of the Spirit. It’s an obvious one since there is no place for it to hide, but the subtler areas of our conversation, or where we allow our eyes to go, or what and whether we read, they require enormous self-control, for the impact they make is indeed hidden, affecting the innermost parts of our heart. And because no one can see inside us, we don’t give much thought to how the random choices of a few minutes of watching something or listening in can mold us. But it does. So as nice as you look on the outside, use your self-control to beautify deep down where it really counts.


As we seek Him today, ask God for a successful day one where you need some discipline. And plan on there being a successful day two, and so on.

AuthorRich Holt | BCWorldview.org 

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