How to Overcome Bad Habits as a Christian

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CONSIDER YOURSELF DEAD TO IT

Romans 6:11 “So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin (stronghold, bad habits) and alive to God through Christ Jesus.

Habits enslave us whether good or bad. Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin (bad habits), which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. Romans 6:16

Breaking a bad habit can often prove to be difficult when we try to do it the wrong way. Have you ever tried breaking one only to find that it’s back, worse than ever before?

Our efforts to change bad habits have to include renewing our minds. We have to realize that habits are only outward manifestations of what we think or believe inward. For example, a person who is impatient will tend to cut queues, while a person who thinks it’s “better late than never” will most likely be late once in a while.

Romans 12:2 tells us, “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.”

As Christians, our goal is to be more like Christ, and this process starts with the renewing of our minds. Bad habits can be replaced with new Godly habits. How? Here are some simple yet profound ways to do so:

Immerse yourself in the word of God
The Word of God is the ultimate key in renewing our minds. As we soak ourselves in God’s Word, we will find our thoughts changing and becoming more conforming to His character.

Psalm 119:9-11(NLT) says, “How can a young person stay pure? By obeying your word. I have tried hard to find you— don’t let me wander from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.

Say NO to bad habits
You need to become radically militant to change your habits, but you’ll need the help of God to be successful in doing so. Change can only come by the grace of God.

Titus 2:11-12 (NLT) says, “For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God.”

Yield completely
Whenever we allow our bodies to be used for something, we are yielding. God wants you to yield, or present, your bodies to Him. It is a decision to relinquish control of your life to Him as Lord. You will be so grateful you did, because it is in that place that you will enjoy life to the full.

He is able to break every fetter if you but yield to Him.

Zechariah 4:6 (NLT) “It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.”

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