We all have habits. Some habits are necessary and practical but most habits fall into one of two categories: They either lift us or bury us. Habits can propel us into positive change or they act as an unseen anchor – holding us back from our calling, convictions, and vision for our lives. Some habits are very destructive and leave us derailed – unable to believe that change can even happen.
Here’s the bottom line: We can have the best intentions and boil over with passionate resolve, but if we lack the habits that promote change we’ll find ourselves in a defeating loop of resolve followed by inevitable failure – only to try it all again. You’ve undoubtedly been there and are probably living this loop in a significant area of your life. All of that craziness can change and it can change now!
Step #1 Break Old Habits
Here’s the great news. Old habits can be broken. This breaking process is so critical that to try and build new habits into your life, without breaking the old ones, will certainly result in failure. Scripture speaks to this issue of breaking with the old in plain terms. Paul lays it down in Ephesians 4:22. “...put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires”.
We were born with a marred disposition. Without God doing a work in our life we are slaves to a “manner of life” that is a train wreck. We know that and don’t need to quibble about the fact that we are decaying under the habits of deceitful desires.
But when we are in a relationship with God, Boom!, everything can change. We can take that tangled, twisted ball of attitudes, emotions and habits that have us wrapped up and begin to break them and trash them. This is the right and responsibility for everyone of God’s kids. With every life-transforming resolution you’ll be faced with an opportunity to get honest with yourself and break the old habits that have held you back from God’s best for your life.