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Kissing my bad habits goodbye

Thank you to everyone who replied to my latest poll, “Can you really get rid of bad habits?” We had a lot of discussion and great comments.

 

Overall, you said that most habits can die. And I agree! In fact, I believe that all bad habits can die.

 

I don’t have scientific evidence to support that–but I don’t need it. That’s why I have faith–faith in the all-powerful God who has freed me from my bad habits:

 

  • Addictions.
  • Perfectionism.
  • Workaholism.
  • People-pleasing.
  • And more.

 

When I have laid these habits at the cross of Jesus–without taking them back again, He supernaturally erases those desires and tendencies so I can live in joyous freedom.

 

 

Some bad habits are so strong that I keep taking them back again and again. Part of my problem is that I put myself in situations that make it easier for my bad habits to resurface.

 

  • Relationships.
  • Friendships.
  • Even the computer.

 

Truth is: I can feed my bad habits, or I can starve them. I can go back to the same routines, or I can replace them with better habits–habits that give life–not death. Every time I fail to create healthy habits, I put myself at risk.

 

When a defiling evil spirit is expelled from someone, it drifts along through the desert looking for an oasis, some unsuspecting soul it can bedevil. When it doesn’t find anyone, it says, ‘I’ll go back to my old haunt.’ On return it finds the person spotlessly clean, but vacant. It then runs out and rounds up seven other spirits more evil than itself and they all move in, whooping it up. That person ends up far worse off than if he’d never gotten cleaned up in the first place (Matthew 12:43-45).

 

I don’t have to put myself at risk. When I’m tempted, I can call upon God. He will help me day-by-day, and many times, even moment-by-moment.

 

But remember that the temptations that come into your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can’t stand up against it. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you will not give in to it (1 Corinthians 10:13).

 

In the end, I will be free, and whom God sets free is free indeed (John 8:36).

 

Goodbye, bad habits!

 

Come alongside: How about you? Do you relate? Which bad habits have you replaced with good habits? With whom can you share this good news today?
 


 

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One Response to Kissing my bad habits goodbye

  • Daphne, I LOVE this post and your beautiful photograph…is that beautiful cross in Lakeland?

    After reading your post about not getting stuck in bad habits, I heard this great quote on Moody radio…

    “when we’re stuck, let’s pray, and ask our God of the universe, our Creator God, to help us come up with a creative solution…”

    so simple, and yet, so profound

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