WE ARE WHAT WE REPEATEDLY DO
EXCELLENCE THEREFORE IS NOT AN ACT BUT A HABIT. Aristotle
Dale Carnegie says “Feeling sorry for yourself is not just a waste of energy but the worst habit you can develop.”
STEP EIGHT AND NINE ARE ABOUT REPAIRING RELATIONSHIPS
AS PART OF THE PROCESS OF CHANGE, I WILL IDENTIFY AND RECORD EVERYONE
I HAVE HARMED AND THROUGH PRAYER BECOME WILLING
TO MAKE RESTITUTION TO THEM
HAVING IDENTIFIED THE PEOPLE, I HAVE HARMED, I WILL NOW GO AND
MAKE RESTITUTION TO THEM. UNLESS TO DO IS GOING TO CAUSE
THEM OR OTHERS PAIN OR SUFFERING.
Habitually we are not willing to admit our faults, let alone put them on paper where other people may discover them. Nor are we willing to go to someone and admit where we were wrong and what we aim to about fixing it.
Today I want to take a look at some of the ways we can overcome our ‘bad habits’ become willing to do something about them and put those ideas into practice.
Paul says in Romans 7:20 My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time.
I am sure we can all relate to that at some time in our lives. MAKING THE RIGHT DECISIONS IN OUR HEADS BUT TAKING THE WRONG ACTIONS TO MAKE THEM HAPPEN.
Breaking bad habits in our lives can be hindered when we are enjoying what we are doing. Colossians 3:2 Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.
- Thinking about heavenly things helps us to see our lives from God’s perspective> Helps us to seek His plans and His purpose instead of our own
Hebrews 10:25 NLT Let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
- None of us were created by God to be ‘lone rangers’ we need other people and meeting with the regularly provides us with support and encouragement as we walk ‘the recovery road’ together.
- Every good choice we make in our lives sets in motion new opportunities to live right in accordance with God’s will for our lives.
- Obedience to God’s prompting in our lives is the greatest safeguard to security we can have in our lives.
Communicating with God on a daily basis should be both a learning experience and an experience in spiritual breakthrough. Proverbs 4:25-27 Keep your eyes straight ahead; ignore all sideshow distractions. Watch your step, and the road will stretch out smooth before you. Look neither right nor left; leave evil in the dust.
- We are on a journey of spiritual rebirth, renewing our mind and transforming our character. It requires ‘keeping watch’ on where we are going and how we are going to get there with God’s help.
Communicating with God on a daily basis helps us receive from Him spiritual imports that far exceed our daily needs and understanding. John 16:13 When the Friend comes, the Spirit of the Truth, he will take you by the hand and guide you into all the truth there is. He won’t draw attention to himself but will make sense out of what is about to happen and, indeed, out of all that I have done and said.
The bible tells us We will receive from him whatever we ask because we obey him and do the things that please him. And this is his commandment: We must believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as he commanded us. Those who obey God’s commandments remain in fellowship with him, and he with them. And we know he lives in us because the Spirit he gave us lives in us. 1 John 3:22-24
Psalms 66:18-20 If I had been cozy with evil, the Lord would never have listened. But he most surely did listen, he came on the double when he heard my prayer. Blessed be God: he didn’t turn a deaf ear, he stayed with me, loyal in his love.
Repentance precedes receiving. Wrong relationships, unpaid restitution, selfish motives, disobedience of God and unbelief in His ability and willingness to help us when it comes to repairing our relationships are the things that will hinder our spiritual progress and lead us back to our old habits.