Habits – What does the Bible say about them?

Humm…. habits.

I just written my testimony on the break through that I received with one of many habits. But, now let’s turn our focus onto the Lord and see what He has to say about it!

The Bible isn’t specific about “habits” as such. So, let’s look at the meaning of the word… “a thing done often, and hence, usually done easily; an act that is acquired and has become automatic.”  This means, all of us have them. Good or bad, we have them. For the ‘followers of Christ’, our whole lives are being transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2). This implies exchanging the old (bad) habits for new (good) ones, in order to please God. For instance, “Do all things without grumbling and complaining” requires a new habit on my part. I need to plant a whole new way of THINKING, from negative to positive… “I keep every thought under control in order to make it obey Christ.” (2 Corin. 15:5)

God command us in The Ten Commandments, “Do not steal.” That means that we must plant honesty in all things. For some, this may require a new habit. It is “putting off” the old nature, and “putting on” the new nature we are given when we are born into God’s family (John 1:12). It is a decision, a choice, that we make to continue to walk in the newness of the Lord.

Let’s talk about the habits that pertain health issues, such as drugs, drinking, smoking, sexual immorality etc. We are told “Don’t you know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit? The Spirit is in you. You have received Him from God. You do not belong to yourselves. Christ has paid the price for you. So use your bodies in a way that honors God.” (1 Corin. 6:19-20) “Don’t fill yourself up with wine. Getting drunk will lead to wild living. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit.” (Eph. 5:18)

For those who are “followers of Christ”, forming new “habits” by being controlled by the Holy Spirit becomes a way of life. These new “habits” are most easily described by Jesus as LOVING Him.”Anyone who loves Me will obey My teaching. My Father will love him. We (the Father and the Son, Jesus) will come to him, and make our home with him.” (John 14:23) Most importantly, we are told: “And whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

I pray that you will give all the Glory to God and that by your actions you will Honor Him.

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