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. - Romans 12:2 NLT
This verse is always a good reminder for me to do a quick audit of my habits. It’s all too easy to slip into poor habits. Ones that push me farther away from God rather than towards Him.
There used to be a time in my life when I didn’t think I needed to have good habits when it came to my spiritual walk with God. My focus for good habits were only towards my education, my job, my health, and my relationships. Can any of you relate to this?
My habits actually looked a lot like what the verse above instructs us not to do: “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world.” Both my habits and behavior were of this world. Sure, they were helping me make me a better person. But something Scripture is very clear about is that all things should be done for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). My old habits were definitely NOT bringing God glory. I certainly had my work cut out for me.
I didn’t let myself get discouraged. We can reset our minds. If we continue to read Romans 12:2 we’ll see what it instructs us to do: “but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” We need God’s help in order to shift our focus and our thoughts.
A great place to start if you want to change the way you think would be by creating the habit of reading your Bible daily. This is one way that’s helped me create and maintain good habits when it comes to living a faithful Christian life. Other ways are by joining a Bible study or asking a friend to do a Bible plan with you in the Bible app. Memorizing scripture is another powerful way. The list is endless.
My point is this: If we don’t practice good habits, we’ll become slaves to poor ones and get farther and farther away from Christ. That is not what God wants. John 15:4 (NLT) tells us: “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.”
I don’t know about you, but I want to remain in God. I’m going to continue examining my habits to see if they align with God’s purpose for me. Because when good habits become a part of our spiritual walk, not only will our thoughts be transformed, but our lives will be also.
1. What are 3 habits you have that disrupt your spiritual growth? Write them down & ask God to help you transform those areas of your life.
2. What are 3 habits you have that aid in your spiritual growth? Write them down & share them with a friend.
Heavenly Father, thank You for the Scriptures that are a powerful guide to help me live a faithful Christian life. Please help me to remain in You so that I may make wise decisions that bring glory and honor to You. Help me to see the areas that need Your attention. Bring others into my life that will help me uphold Your instruction. In Your precious name we pray, Amen.
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