Happy 2012- Let's work on our habits!
According to his usual habit Paul went to the synagogue. There during three Sabbaths he held discussions with the people... (Acts 17:2)
A habit is "an established pattern of behaviour acquired through frequent repetition" . In other words, anything you do consistently and repeatedly do over time becomes a habit. At the first, you're the one who consciously or unconsciously creates your habits, but eventually your habits will form your character and create behavioral pattern. Thus you'll become the product of your habits.
They're some people who may be unhappy with their habits; perhaps for example, they find themselves always telling lies and as a result have become frustrated with themselves. What they haven't realized is that it didn't happen overnight; they must have told "one little lie" today and other week and so on, until they finally became known as untruthful people. So, if you desire to change any undesireable habit, you need to remember that habits are simply repeated actions--if you would replace that old-habit with another, you'd get rid of the one you don't like.
The Bible says sin shall not have dominion over you (Romans 6:14), and then in Ephesians 4:25, it says put away lying. So, the guy who has a habit of lying must now decide to consciously tell the truth. And the beautiful thing is that it doesn't take too long. Anything you do six times consecutively, in the same way, will get into your personality and begin shaping your behavioural pattern.
If you would tell the truth six times consecutively, you'd get rid of a lying tongue. If you'd attend church services six consecutive weeks, you'd cultivate the habit of always being church. If you'd wake up to pray early in the morning six days of the week in a row, it'll become to you a habit! Whatever godly habit you desire to imbibe, I want you to know it's possible, so go ahead and develop godly habits today.
Dear Father, through the help of the Holy Spirit, I'm cultivating and imbibing healthy, godly habits in my Christian walk. Thank you for giving me the liberty to choose to live right and free, and live to my highest potentials in Christ, in Jesus' Name. Amen.
Rhapsody Of Realities February 6, 2009
-Pastor Chris Oyakhilome