How To Break a Bad Habit … For God!
I’ve tried self-help books with flashy titles like “Five Months to a New You” or “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” and failed! Jesus promises Christians, “I will not leave you desolate; I will come to you” (John 14:18). Paul: “We are being changed from one degree of glory to another.”
Worship About It
How can you affirm God’s deliverance in your life, even if it’s a long way off? First, worship the Lord with your habit, and then claim your victory in advance by faith. Hebrews 11:13 speaks of God’s people who saw salvation from afar and believed in it by faith!
Accept the Responsibility
Don’t be one of those students who makes excuses for their poor study habits. Remember Adam and Eve in the Garden? They sinned, and God came calling them to account. But both the man and the woman tried to blame their problems on someone else.
Third, confront your habit by praying to God and confessing it to Him. We often pray, “Oh, God! I did it again. Please forgive me!” but what we should really be praying is, “Dear God, my mind is full of lust.”
Visualize the Consequences
Think of the embarrassment, the evil, the hurt, the friendlessness, the waste, the robbery of God’s glory! Visualize the terrible consequences of sin. Learn to fear it, to hate it as God does, and to flee it as quickly as Joseph fled Egypt.
According to the Rev. Billy Joel, confession is a smokescreen, a diversionary tactic designed to keep God busy with minor habits of ours while He sanctifies us one sin at a time, little by little. Don’t give God your schedule!
That’s how Christian meditation works: sinful habits are displaced, crowded out of our lives as godly thoughts come in.
Prayer and Fellowship
Fellowship and prayer are a seventh habit-breaking principle. In Luke 22:31, Jesus said to Peter, “I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail.” Satan would like to sift you and me as well, but what saved Peter will save us as well!
Act by Act Courage
Most habits can’t be thrown out the upstairs window; they have to be coaxed down the stairs one step at a time. If you say “yes” to Jesus enough times, the momentum of good habits will be just as strong in your life.
Read and Study
Paul’s habit of legalism and how he broke it; Peter’s repentance and bigotry in Christ; James and John conquered the habit of temper; and so on. History is replete with examples of broken habits such as alcoholism, homosexuality, lust, lying, materialism, overeating, and so on.
If you overeat, needlepoint it and hang it on your dining room wall. The Lord’s Supper is an amazing place to refresh and strengthen your mind and spirit. Proverbs 6:20 says to “tie it around our neck” so we won’t forget.
Conclusion: Not “Try” But “Trust”
Bob Greene: Habits are like rubber balls; the harder we throw them, the higher they bounce. He compares himself to Isaiah 64:5, “In our sins we have been a long time, and shall we be saved?”
How do you break bad habits spiritually?
Spiritual Work, not a Spiritual Bypass, to Break a Persistent Bad Habit
- Chatting with her guides and angels. composing affirmations and posting them prominently throughout her home. listening to inspirational talks. reading inspirational messages on a daily basis.
How can I stop my sinful life?
- Always have faith and persevere in loving and forgiving others.
- When you fail and succumb to temptation, remember to pray.
- Pray before making your decision.
- Say a prayer.
- You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.
Can God help me overcome sin?
u201cMake every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness, no one will see the Lord,u201d God tells us in Hebrews 12:14.
What are the examples of bad habits?
Diet plays a role in a lot of bad habits.
- Consuming too much salt. consuming too much sugar. dipping a chip or cracker back into communal salsa or dip after a bite. consuming too many high sugar beverages. consuming fast food. consuming food that has been open for too long.
How do you break a habit?
How to Form a New Habit (and Keep It)
- Know your triggers.
- Ask why.
- Enlist the help of a friend.
- Be mindful.
- Switch habits.
- Set reminders.
- Don’t ignore progress.
Are there any unforgivable sins?
Several passages in the Synoptic Gospels, including Mark 3:28u201329, Matthew 12:31u201332, and Luke 12:10, as well as other New Testament passages like Hebrews 6:4-6, Hebrews 10:26u201331, and 1 John 5:16, specify one eternal or unforgivable sin (blasphemy against the Holy Spirit), also known as the sin unto death.
What are the consequences of sins?
Physically u2013 Sin can cause an internal conflict between God and us, resulting in health problems and wreaking havoc on your body. Depending on the sin you’re fighting, it can affect your blood pressure, sleep patterns, or even destroy your body depending on your lifestyle choices.
What can I do to overcome temptations?
THE RESPONSIBILITY OF BELIEVERS TO OVERCOME TEMPTATION
- Pay attention to God’s Word.
- Pray for Strength.
- Forego Self-Gratification.
- Grow into Spiritual Maturity.
- Surround yourself with people of value.
- Resist the Devil.
- Run away from Dangerous Spots.
Why does God hate us all?
The phrase “God Hates Us All” comes from the song “Disciple,” in which the line is repeated over the chorus, and refers to God’s apparent indifference to acts like suicide and terrorism while doing nothing to prevent them.
What the Bible Says About Overcomers?
u201cDo not be anxious about anything; instead, in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.u201d Philippians 4:6-7