Judges 2:19 And it came to pass, when the judge was dead, that they returned, and corrupted themselves more than their fathers, in following other gods to serve them, and to bow down unto them; they ceased not from their own doings, nor from their stubborn way.
It is said that “old habits die hard”, and it is true; it may seem like you have overcome it, only for it to resurface later down the road. The children of Israel struggled with their bad habit after the death of Joshua and during the time that the Judges ruled. Judges 2:12 tells us that “they forsook the Lord and served Baal and Ashtaroth ”: worshiping idols was their bad habit. As a result of this bad practice, God repeatedly delivered them into the hands of their enemies for a season. However, after a while, God would raise up Judges to deliver them and the Israelites would put away the idols and worship the Lord during the lifetime of the judges, only for them to return to their bad habit later. God highlighted the reason for this pattern of behavior in Judges 2:19; it was a failure to break their bad habit. In addressing it God said, “they ceased not from their own doings, nor from their stubborn ways”. The bad habits of the Israelites created unwanted outcomes for them and will do the same for us if they are not addressed quickly.
What are the bad habits that are keeping you from growing spiritually or walking into what God has promised or purposed? Whatever they are, take steps to break them. Romans 12:2 gives us the solution to breaking bad habits when it says” be transformed by the renewing of your mind”. Faulty beliefs and thinking are the cause of bad habits and the only way to break them is by altering our beliefs and the way we think. We can change our false beliefs by replacing them with the truth which can be found in the word of God. Three (3) ways that we can use the word of God to eliminate our false beliefs and by extension our bad habits are to identify related scriptures and memorize, meditate and continuously practice them. Use these steps to break your habits and walk into your divine destiny.
Life Application: Take steps to break your bad habits by identifying related scriptures and daily memorize, mediate and practice them. While conventional wisdom suggests that it takes 21 days to break a habit; it might be much longer. Deuteronomy 6:9 suggests constant repetition that spans a lifetime.
Prayer: Father, break every bad habit that I have held onto for years that is keeping me from my full potential in you. Empower me to overcome. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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