Tuesday, 19 July 2016

The Importance Of Practicing Godly Habits

Jeremiah 22:21
'...This has been your attitude and practice from your youth...'

A habit can be defined as a regular tendency or practice whether good or bad. Habits tend to define who we are and determine, to a large extent, our future. If we are talking about bad habits from a Christian point of view, we're talking about the works of the flesh. If we're talking about good habits, then we're talking about the works prompted by the Spirit.

It is estimated, by Psychologists, that 90% of our behavior is habitual; that's a whopping 90%! The right kind of habits can help you do things more efficiently, and keep you in the will of God, while bad habits can be detrimental and lead you away from God's will.

As believes in Christ Jesus, God has called us to practice certain spiritual disciplines which will keep us in the center of His will and lead us on to maturity in Christ. Here are three essential habits we need to practice daily:

1) A Systematic Intake of God's Word
Jesus said in Matthew 4:4, "But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. The word of God, when read and pondered over, will feed, nourish, and strengthen the soul.

2) Regular Prayer
Through prayer we enjoy vital communion with God. Prayer is the place where we can find deep cleansing from the grime of the world and experience the very presence of God. It is a place where our deepest desires of fellowship with God are met. Colosians 4:2 says 'Be persistent and devoted to prayer, being alert and focused in your prayer life with an attitude of thanksgiving.'

3) Devoted Worship
Worship is a natural expression of love and devotion to God. The re-born Christian's spiritual DNA is programed to worship. All our Christian service and sacrifice is born out of worship for the only being in this entire universe worthy of such devotion, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus said in John 4:23
"But a time is coming and is already here when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit [from the heart, the inner self] and in truth; for the Father seeks such people to be His worshipers."

Now obviously there are more spiritual disciplines that could be mentioned here, but I've chosen only these three because every other Godly habit (discipline) is built upon them. Habits developed around the Word, Prayer, and Worship are "foundational" for our lives and should be taken seriously; ponder this today and be blessed, amen.

Have a blessed day 
Paul
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