Breaking a Bad Habit

“What shall we then say to these things?  If God be for us, who can be against us?.”

Romans 8:31
All of us are familiar with and have some bad habits.  When I was a child, I would suck on my thumb.  I am specifically referring to habits that could also be characterized as sin.  This is important because sin breaks our fellowship with God, and therefore robs our joy and stunts our spiritual growth.  The Scripture above describes that a Christian can and should live a victorious Christian life.  I want to give you eight steps to victory.  1.  Claim victory.  (Psalm 25:20)  If you will simply follow God’s plan, you can be sure of victory in your life.  2.  Admit it.  (Psalm 51:3)  You will never get help, until you admit that you need help and that you want help.  3.  Hate it.  (Proverbs 8:13)  You will never get victory over sin, until you learn to hate sin.  4.  Confess it.  (Proverbs 28:13)  You are now ready to confess it to God, and ask Him to forgive you.  5.  Quit it.  (Isaiah 1:6)  This means you need to put distance between you and your sin.  Do not let it be an option to do it again.  6.  Get help.  (Psalm 51:10)  You need God’s help to keep you from sin.  You are no match against the devil on your own.  7.  Practice self-control.  (Psalm 141:3-4)  Learn to set boundaries to protect you from areas of weakness.  8.  Don’t give up.  (Philippians 4:13)  Determine, with God’s help, you are going to experience victory!
This week’s biblical principle to consider:

God wants you to live a life of victory.  On the other hand, the devil wants to keep you defeated and discouraged.  A victorious Christian can and should lead a life of joy and spiritual growth.
This week’s Bible reading schedule:

Monday – Mark 8

Tuesday – Mark 9
Wednesday – Mark 10

Thursday – Mark 11

Friday –  Mark 12
Saturday – Mark 13
Sunday – Mark 14

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