Today we finished our series on Breaking Bad Habits by considering the rebuilding of the wall around Jerusalem in the book of Nehemiah. Just like a city with broken down walls we are vulnerable and open to attack when we allow bad habits to rule us, which is what happens if we don’t deal with them.
We see Nehemiah praying and seeking God’s plan for restoring the walls. We need to pray, we need to ask God what and how we are to change our bad habits and instead build good ones in our lives. Sometimes we see a superficial behaviour but God wants us to deal with a deeper attitude of heart.
When we try to break bad habits, at times we will face opposition just like the people rebuilding the wall did. As we change it affects the dynamic of relationships and people around us have to respond differently to us which means they have to change too.
We need to build support around us and use the weapons God gives us to fight our bad habits, particularly when we are discouraged or finding it too hard. Above all we need to remember just like Nehemiah reminded the people as they rebuilt, that our God is great and awesome.
This week we continued on from where we left off last week. Last week we looked at the need to replace a bad habit with a new behaviour and to work with God to be transformed. To be transformed gives a new start while being reformed often replaces one negative habit with another.
This week we looked deeper in to Romans 12:1-2(NLT):
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Our focus was on the nature of habits – these are not consciously chosen behaviours, they are our default behaviours. Often, we react rather than respond with a chosen behaviour. We need to follow the direction of 2 Corinthians 10:5 and take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ. We need to think before we act, not act-think-repent! To change habits takes effort and practice – we need to rehearse, and practice transformed thinking to develop new godly habits.
This week we continued our series on breaking bad habits. We returned again to our key passage Ephesians 4:17-32 where we see each time a behaviour/habit to be changed was listed a new positive behaviour was listed. In practice:
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