Break the habit

Today at about 10am I grabbed some yogurt and a small serving of cereal and mixed them together in a bowl. I looked at my bowl and I wondered why I did this when I wasn’t even really hungry.  On other days, I would eat just because it was 12 o’clock or 6 o’clock—not because I was hungry but because it was something that I did at 12:00 or 6:00. Eating at a certain time had become a habit.

I’ve been trying to make a habit of doing godly things like reading the Bible and praying every day. The problem I started to notice is that reading the Bible and praying is becoming a habit—I do it without thinking.  Why is that?

Galatians 5:17 says, “The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires…” (NLT). Although I want to get closer to God, my very nature is to fight it.

If I continue to read the Bible and pray “as a habit,” then I will become “lukewarm” (Rev 3:16). I have to read the Bible in a fresh way every time—I have to see what I can learn from it rather than just read the words mechanically. I have to break the habit.

Copyright © 2013 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti
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2 comments

  1. Chris Ludbrook · May 2, 2013

    As I lost my battle with frustration earlier today, I realised how remarkably difficult it is to keep God & his word fresh & vibrant in my life. As soon as it becomes habit, for me, it loses some of it’s power. The same verse, the same song that yesterday made me feel alive, today can just be words or noise. Maybe that means He wants to teach me something new & I should be listening more carefully. As much as email drives me nuts professionally, I wish Jesus would send emails, so everything could be clear & concise 🙂

    • teresa4christ · May 2, 2013

      I know what you mean. Getting emails from Jesus would make things so much better!

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