BIBLE STUDY NO. 37 (22 SEPT., 2016)
TOPIC: PATH TO LIFE – PART 3A
TITLE: How to Overcome Bad Habits
Habits are what you do without thinking about them. It’s often unconscious pattern of behaviour that is acquired through frequent repetition. It is an established state of mind or character; customary manner or practice. Habits, of course, can be either good or bad, helpful or harmful.
Good habits are the behaviour of those in the kingdom of God. It includes righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. They are products of clear conscience. They are for those who walk in the spirit (spiritual people). The Bible calls these habits “the fruit of the spirit” (Galatians 5:22,23); they are Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-Control. Other good habits includes, punctuality, reading (Bible and other good books), hospitality, repentance, teachable spirit (acceptance of correction), respect (Read Romans 13:1-8), good prayer life, quick to forgive etc.
Bad habits are formed in three ways: 1 John 2:16
1. Lust of the flesh
2. Lust of the eyes; and
3. Pride of life.
Those who have bad habits walk by flesh (called carnal). Galatians 5:19-21 tells us the habits of carnal man or woman (those who walk according to the flesh). They practice adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outburst of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries and the like. Galatians 5:21 says those who practice these habits will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Long watch of wrong TV channels, talkative, eye service, hypocrisy, lack of respect, watching of pornography on internets, bad use of social media, cigarette smoking, use of drugs and other mind-bending work and other appointments, absence from church activities and work place, cheating, stealing, lies, bring boastful or pride, sleeping later, judgmental spirit, hate, being lazy or slothful, unaccommodating, stubbornness (witch craft), borrowing, swearing, visiting of herbalist and spiritual houses and evil prophets, etc.
All these bad habits lead to deadly sins. All deadly sins are actions that can likely lead someone to death and hell fire. These sins separate you completely from God (spiritual death). Sexual sins, lust, greed, murder, slothfulness (laziness), envy, pride, unforgiveness, blasphemy are deadly. They separate you from God’s fellowship (Romans 6:23) and eternal separation from God (Revelation 20:14). Repentance is possible through Christ and you can be restored; but rejection of change will lead to death and hell fire (Romans 6:23). Bible in Philippians 4:13 says “I can do all things through Christ…”.
These sins began little by little, but because you continued, they have become habits. Bad habits turn to strongholds or (possession of someone by evil spirits). They are formed within a period of about 30 days of constant practice of the same sin. After that, Satan takes over the person and he or she no longer see the need or a way out of the habits until it kills them. Satan knows that there is a blessing awaiting all who are righteous. Satan had tasted the heavenly bliss before he fell from glory (Isaiah 14:12-15) and he does not want you to enjoy it. He is not happy about this, so he does everything within his power to derail Christians and prevent unbelievers from change. But he can only succeed if you allow him. You must do everything you can so that you do not miss the heavenly bliss. Next week, I will teach with the help of the Holy Spirit how to cultivate good habits by God’s grace. It is possible and you can!
A) Why do people develop bad habits?
i) 1 John 2:16_________________________
ii) Proverbs 7:21-27____________________
B) Where does a bad habit come from? Mark 7:20-23__________________
C) Why must a Christian flee sexual sins? 1 Corinthians 6:15-20_______
D) Why do people continue to grow bad habits?
MEMORY VERSE: PSALM 143:8
PRAY: “cause me to hear your loving kindness in the morning, for in you do I trust. Cause me to know the way in which I will walk, for I lift up my soul to you’