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1061st -- Paying Attention To Habits


It is important in life that we are always conscious of what we are doing 
and thinking about. We must be in control of what we allow to enter into 
our eye gate and our ear gate because what we continually hear and see is 
what will be drawn back to us and what we think about and focus on is 
where our life will be led to. That is why we must be careful to form the 
correct habits in life. We can't allow junk to enter into our life and 
think it will not affect us negatively. Everything we think about and 
focus on will become a part of us. That is why we must form the right 
habits, think about the right things and not give in to the temptations 
that try so hard to steer our life off of the right path.

We must always remember and keep in mind that what we continually do will 
eventually become a part of who we are. If we give in to the temptations 
time after time, then habits will be formed which will take root in our 
hearts and they will become a part of us and eventually cause our ruin. 
What we continually do is what we will eventually become. That is why we 
should always meditate on the right things. We should listen to good, 
encouraging and uplifting things, we should look at and focus on the right 
things and we should never put anything into our body that can cause it 
harm and make it a slave to those substances.

See that it is within your ability to break every bad habit that is in 
your life. Never think that it is impossible or that you are beyond 
hope. You simply must form a new routine in place of the old one. When 
you do so long enough, you will form a new routine and in turn a new 
habit. Statistics have shown that it takes about 30 days to either break 
a bad habit or to create a good habit. That is why rehabilitation centers 
usually keep a person as an inpatient for about 4 to 6 weeks. They keep 
the patient in a healthy, positive and encouraging environment showing 
them that they can overcome the substances that have kept them bound.

I believe this rehabilitation principle works, but it takes a committed 
effort. Change does not come unless we are ready and willing to change. 
Just as we can form bad habits, we can also form good habits. We can put 
away every lustful desire of the flesh and replace it with good, wholesome 
and pure living. When we pray and ask the Lord to give us strength for 
the day, we should do so in faith believing that we can overcome and be 
victorious over every temptation that tries to pull us down. Be encouraged
to believe in yourself. Your past does not define your future. You can 
be victorious over every obstacle that is in your path. Believe it for 
yourself and do the necessary work that will allow your life to reach its 
fullest potential.

I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to see that it is 
within your ability to be triumphant and victorious over every bad habit 
that has kept you bound in the past.


There was a fire one night at a convent and several nuns who lived on the 
fourth floor were trapped. They were praying for divine providence to show 
them a way out of the fire when one of the sisters screamed, “We need to 
take off our robes, tie them together, and climb down to safety.”

Later as they were recounting the event to reporters, they were asked if 
they were afraid that the crude rope might not hold up. “Oh, no,” they 
said, “Old habits are hard to break.”

Do you know the story of the touchstone? It tells of a fortunate man who 
was told that, if he should find the “touchstone,” its magical powers 
could give him anything he wanted. It could be found, he was informed, 
among the pebbles of a certain beach. All he need do is pick up a stone - 
if it feels warm to the touch, unlike the other pebbles, he has found the 
magical touchstone.

The man went immediately to the beach and began picking up stones. When he 
grasped a pebble that felt cold, he threw it into the sea. This practice 
he continued hour after hour, day after day, week after week. Each pebble 
felt cold. Each pebble was immediately tossed into the sea.

But then, late one morning, he happened to take hold of a pebble that felt 
warm, unlike the other stones. The man, whose consciousness had barely 
registered the difference, tossed it into the sea. He hadn't meant to, but 
he had formed a habit, and habits can be hard to break.

Most of my habits are more like routines. I habitually arise about the 
same time every day - too early, it seems. I exercise. I fix oatmeal for 
breakfast. Most days I listen to the same kinds of music and even read the 
same kinds of literature. My routines include those places I like to 
visit and the people I like to see. It's all fairly predictable. But what 
I call routine is more like a series of habits, some of which work well 
for me and some I should perhaps look at a bit more closely.

In fact, any behavior that I repeat, I reinforce. If I repeat it often 
enough, it becomes habit. Soon I don't even think about it - old habits 
are hard to break. Even good ones.

A Spanish proverb says: “Habits are first cobwebs, then cables.” The 
metaphor works well for “bad” habits. They first entice, and then ensnare 
us like a cobweb. And if we continue in the behavior, the web grows 
stronger and can be as difficult to break as a steel cable.

But some habits can work in our favor. Such as patterns in the way we live 
our lives. Or positive attitudes and healthy ways of thinking. Our 
habitual attitudes and behaviors can either help us or hinder us.

The truth is this: we form our habits, then our habits form us. So we 
ought to pay attention to the habits we're forming.

Is there a behavior or attitude you would like to make into a habit? Then 
reinforce it by repeating it at every opportunity. Is there a something 
you wish to change? Then substitute a different attitude or behavior and 
repeat the new one every chance you get.

When it comes to habits, practice may not make perfect. But practice will 
certainly make permanent. Your habits will form you. So form the habits 
you want and let them mold you into the person you want to be.

By Steve Goodier

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

3 John 11 “Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. 
He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.”

Proverbs 4:23-27 “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the 
issues of life. Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put 
far from thee. Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look 
straight before thee. Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways 
be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy 
foot from evil.”

Psalm 1:1-3 “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the 
ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of 
the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in His law 
doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by 
the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf 
also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”

1 John 1:8-10 “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and 
the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just 
to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we 
say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His Word is not in us.”

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.

Today’s Selected Poem: HE HAS NOT FORGOTTEN YOU
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/enpoem155.htm

Today’s Selected Testimony: AN ANGEL BY MY SIDE
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony194.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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