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Healthy Habits

March 29, 2019
by Martin Wiles   —   Audio controls are below the devotional to listen to this devotional or to hymn music while you read

Romans 7:15 – I don't really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don't do it. Instead, I do what I hate. (NLT)

Old habits are hard to break.

For four years, we lived in a small townhouse. Our Chihuahua, Twix, was accustomed to the way that the doors to the bedroom and the outside opened, and he would stand at the appropriate side of the door to enter or exit. Then, we moved. Although the townhouse that we moved into had the same floor plan, it was the mirror image of our previous one. Our dog was confused.

On Twix's first trip outside, he stood at the left side of the door as he had been accustomed to. But now, the door opened from the right. He repeated the same action for the bedroom door and had to change sides when I opened it. After a week, he managed to break his old habit and stand at the proper side for entering and exiting.

The habits that Paul wanted to break were probably sinful. Not all habits are. Habits can be good or bad, sinful or not sinful. I have a habit of getting up early so that I can write devotionals, which carry God's Word into 101 countries. That's good. But I also have a habit of overeating or eating unhealthy things — a sinful habit.

Sinful habits come naturally, as Paul recognized. Even after trusting Christ for forgiveness, temptations remain. Apart from Christ, we can do nothing good because of the sin nature with which we're born.

Other habits, such as my dog's, are neither morally good nor bad. They are just habits. I've had a few habits like that myself, among them, biting my fingernails. It took my grandmother giving me $20 and one finger getting infected for me to break that habit.

In our own power, we can't break the habit of doing bad and adopt the habit of doing good. But it is possible when we appeal to God's power which resides in believers by the presence of God's Spirit. Christ in us enables us to adopt good habits instead of detrimental or sinful ones. Accepting His offer of forgiveness opens up new possibilities for an abundant life.

Let Christ in you help you break any unhealthy or sinful habits you have, so that you can replace them with healthy habits that honour God, promote good health, and set a good example for others.

Prayer: Father, give us the power to throw away that which is damaging to us and others, so that we can adopt healthy habits that glorify Your name. Amen.


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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you.


    So true, Martin! Thanks for sharing.


    Amen Martin! Thanks.
    Blessings.


    Thank you, Martin, for sharing this devotional with us. Blessings.


    Martin, thank you for reminding us to rely on God’s power. It is much stronger and more effective than our own. Blessings to you.


    Thank you, Martin, for today’s devotional. Just think how wonderful it would be if the Fruit of the Spirit were habits in each Christian ‘s life.


    That verse is one that I really relate to! And it applies to my eating as well. It’s a constant struggle. Thanks for writing today’s devotion and may you be blessed,


    Hi Martin,
    Yes, indeed, there are good habits, bad habits and just habits.
    Thank you for writing.


    Martin, I am glad you have the good habit of writing devotionals. I am encouraged by your honest sharing and your helping us all to see our habits and asking for God’s help to do better. I appreciate this good habit of yours. Blessings.


    Thanks for a well-told story that surely makes it clear we have a way out from the sins that so easily oppress us and beat us down. I am always so glad that your devotionals not only lift us up through scripture but are personally compelling for use in our lives. Blessings on your writing.


    Hi
    Great one and can identify with it completely!! Reminds of the stuff mom used to put on my nails different times for infection or whatever. Thanks for sharing, happy your little dog caught on quickly, too bad us adults can catch as quick.
    God bless.


    Dear Martin Wiles.
    Thank you for the devotional.
    Amen to your prayer.
    Keep writing.

 



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