You can break up with your bad habits just like you can break up with a bad boyfriend or girlfriend. Bad relationships are one of the hardest habits to break, but if we choose to end them, we can spare ourselves a lot of trouble and pain. Let me explain.
For years and years, I had a habit of getting upset every time I didn’t get my way. Maybe that’s not your bad habit. Maybe you gossip or cuss or drink too much coffee or watch too much TV or spend money on things you don’t need. Whatever your bad habit is, you can break it.
I’m not going to say that breaking a bad habit is easy, but it’s God’s desire for us to take authority over our bad habits. He doesn’t want us to be “bossed around” by our emotions, He wants us to have victory.
Breaking a bad habit requires making a series of good choices, one after the other. Most of us will try to do that on our own without the help of the Holy Spirit. But eventually we figure out that we can’t please God without God helping us.
The Amplified Bible refers to the Holy Spirit as our “standby.” He’s always standing by in case you get into trouble and need a little help. But He won’t just show up uninvited. You have to ask Him for help.
Romans 12:21 says we “overcome (master) evil with good.” That’s one of the biggest secrets in the Word of God. It’s a lot easier to make the right choice when you’re focusing on God and your victory instead of the fear of failure.
Make the choice today to walk in the Spirit to overcome bad habits and live in victory!
Prayer Starter: God, I’m done living with my bad habits. I make a choice now to take the authority You’ve given me over temptations that want to boss me around. I will follow Your Holy Spirit into new and better life habits.
—from Joyce Meyer daily devotional