by: Tim Olson
Ever notice how long it takes to kick bad habits and how easy and fast it is to pick up a new one?
Old bad habits can take weeks of intense purposeful changes in my lifestyle and my thoughts. Some habits are stuck so tightly that they hurt when they are removed or they die slowly and we mourn the loss.
So what’s the big deal anyway, everyone has them right. Besides mine can’t be that bad. I’m a good person right? I care for people, I give to my church and What I do doesn’t hurt anyone.
Here is something to consider:
The Bible tells us in James 1:14-15 at the heart of our bad habits are evil desires that the enemy exploits. Once the desire has conceived it gives birth to sin. That is the bad news.
The good news is Jesus is creating a new nature in me (see 2 Corinthians 5:17).
I love this! When I chose to follow Jesus, I was forgiven, made clean even holy. I am pure before God clothed in Jesus’ righteousness.
God is faithful. I can depend on Him to do His part. He works within me as I learn to follow Him in my new life. While this change is supernatural there is a real battle going on 24 hours a day and by faith I have to learn to live by this new nature while I crucify daily my sinful nature.
Jesus said at the beginning of His public ministry a very powerful statement. “The time has come. The Kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news” (Mark 1:15).