KEY TO HOPE - HABITS & ADDICTIONS
Overcoming Harmful Habits
Habits are learned behaviors that become powerful forces in your life for good … or for bad. Every habit is either Christ-centered or self-centered … a virtue or a vice … a beauty or a beast! Certain characteristics are common to those who repeatedly practice destructive, addictive behavior. These characteristics can become automatic to the point that those who have them are totally oblivious to them. Nevertheless, their impact can destroy personal and professional relationships and the development of Christlike characteristics because those who are controlled by habitual negative behavior patterns. No matter what has a hold on you, how long it has lasted, or how strong its grip … there is hope. With God’s help, you can break free.
Habits can be good or bad, beneficial or destructive. But when lives are impacted and detoured by addictions, people desperate for answers are searching for hope.
Learn how to recognize addictive impulses and habits, set boundaries, seek help, and trust the power of Christ and God’s Word to release you from the hold of addictions.“The thrill of victory . . . and the agony of defeat!” It is the universal experience of the athlete—the heart-racing thrill of finishing first … the gut-wrenching angst of finishing last.And as with athletes, so it is with us—we are called by God to develop discipline to run the race set before us.
Before athletes can even enter the competition ring, they must first rigorously prepare—developing habits that harden the muscles for strength … habits that toughen the body for endurance … habits that train the mind for self-control. The Apostle Paul was clear…
“Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training” 1 Corinthians 9:25
Training for the event can be treacherous . . . particularly in cold-weather conditions . . . necessitating those who train for it to echo Paul’s words:
“I beat my body and make it my slave.” 1 Corinthians 9:27
Interestingly, in most dictionaries the first definition for the word habit reveals it to be “a type of clothing that is characteristic of a certain calling, rank or function.” Eventually a habit came to be “a pattern of behavior acquired by frequent repetition that reflects the prevailing character of a person.”
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God desires to give you hope as you face life challenges, problems and difficult trials. The good news for us, God specializes in redemption and transformation. He takes that which was lost and restores it. He takes that which was dead and gives it life. He takes that which had no hope and rewrites its story. This is our God! As you pray today, ask God boldly to transform the thing inside you that you want to see changed forever!
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