Habits are patterns of behavior that are regularly repeated and often occur without any conscious thought. A habit is an activity that has been started by a person and then is done regularly or repeatedly, quite often as an automatic process and is found challenging to stop. When someone has this habitual behavior they may not realize they are actually doing it. This is because it has become so routine in their life that it has become a sub-conscious activity.
We do not inherit habits from our parents but rather we learn them as we go through life. From the earliest years of our life we all have taken on habits. When we were children, it might be sucking a thumb or biting finger nails. When we are older, it may be eating breakfast at a particular time each day, overspending at the shops, or procrastination.
Colossians 3 (NKJV)
If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
5 Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, 7 in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them.
8 But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, 10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, 11 where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.
Character of the New Man
12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. 14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
We can have good habits and bad habits. Some people describe themselves by listing their character traits and habits. But this is what they have become and it can’t be changed. We should always remember that habits do not control us but rather we control the habits. Good habits can be learned and bad habits unlearned.
Habits are a very strong influence in our lives because they are consistent, frequently unconscious activities that continually influence our behavior on a day to day basis. As a result, how effective or ineffective we are depends on these habits. Habits strongly influence our friends, our work, and mostly our relationships. Managing our habits is far more important than we previously believed.
55 But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then it shall be that those whom you let remain shall be irritants in your eyes and thorns in your sides, and they shall harass you in the land where you dwell.
We bless your name today and we thank you for our salvation and forgiveness of sins. In light of our covenant with You Jesus, we wish to improve our lives and relationship with you.
Lord, we lift up to you today our personal habits. We request that you point out the things you wish for us to deal with in this season of our lives. Then we request that You Lord Jesus would teach us how to break the bad habits we have formed and replace them with good habits.
Lord, some of these habits seem difficult to get free from but we know with you all things are possible.
Jesus, you are the way the truth and the life, so we know that the way is already made and we need only follow you to it.