HABITS

Success in Self-Control

KEYS FOR LIVING - HABITS & ADDICTIONS 

Is Your Habit Beauty or Beast?

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.

 

Success in Self-Control

Habits can be good or bad, beneficial or destructive.  When lives are impacted and detoured by addictions, people desperate for answers are searching for hope. These Keys for Living will teach you 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. But 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.”1

The Bible is interwoven with the same concept: Your habits characterize your character. If you are a Christian, your calling is to be clothed in the habit of Christ, with the result that your character actually reflects His character.

“Clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.”

Romans 13:14

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Grace Filled Words:

“I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.”

Psalm 34:4

“I can do all this through him [Christ] who gives me strength.”

Philippians 4:13

“People are slaves to whatever has mastered them”

2 Peter 2:19

Additional Scriptures:

James 1:5-8

Proverbs 27:19

Proverbs 20:11

Galatians 5:13–17

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