Goals, goals, goals! At this time of year many people are thinking about things they would like to accomplish this year. The problem is, in some cases, to go in the direction of a goal wrong habits have to be broken. Those habits prevent us from going after our goals.
Identifying a bad habit is the first step in breaking one. Sometimes we are blind about our bad habits. We may not realize we have one. If this is the case, ask the Holy Spirit to show you. He not only will show you, but he will also give you steps you can take in breaking it.
After singling out one wrong habit, watch for what triggers you to do it. If you don’t already know, ask the Holy Spirit to show you what prompts you into doing it. We all have something that initially causes us to turn to something we shouldn’t or causes us to act in a wrong way. Making that discovery helps us to overcome the habit we want to stop.
For example, you may want to lose weight and have been unsuccessful at it. Ask yourself what triggers you to eat the wrong kind of things or to eat too much. When that is established, you will see it coming before you start eating too much or eating the wrong food.
Bad habits can’t be stopped unless there is a good habit to replace it. This is true in every area of life. When we have wrong thinking, we replace the thought with a good one. If we are spending too much time mindlessly being on the computer, we replace it with doing something productive that will benefit ourselves and others. When we eat the wrong kind of food, we can replace it with good food that satisfies the craving…..
As I stated in the beginning, awareness of the habit is the first step in overcoming it. Start by tracking it.
Ask yourself –
When does it happen?
How often does it happen?
Who are you with when it happens?
Where are you when it happens?
What triggers it?
Don’t feel guilty or condemned that you have this habit. Be thankful that you are aware of it and with God’s help will break it and start a new good one. Know that you will have failures and successes along the way, but don’t give up. It takes 66 days of being consistent to break a habit and form new ones. Remember, you can do all things through Christ which strengthens you.
I acknowledge the wrong I do to God. He is faithful to forgive me and cleanse me from them.
1John 1:9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong.
Holy Spirit guides me into all truth and shows me things to come.
John 16:13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.
Because I am a believer in Christ Jesus I can no longer be condemned.
Rom. 8:1 So those who are believers in Christ Jesus can no longer be condemned. God’s Word
I destroy arguments and opinions that are contrary to what God says about me. I take every thought captive to obey Christ.
2Cor. 10:5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ
For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need.
Phil. 4:13 For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need.