Have you ever found yourself engaging in a bad habit and wondering why you can’t seem to stop? Unfortunately, it’s common to fall into bad habits – whether procrastination, unhealthy eating, or neglecting duties. The first step toward change is to acknowledge bad habits for what they really are-sin.
When we sin, and we will, we must pray to God for forgiveness, and ask God for his help in the matter. He knows why we do what we do, why we don’t do what we should do, and what gets in our way; whereas, we deceive ourselves. (See Jeremiah 17:9 KJV) The Bible says in 1 John 1:9 KJV, “If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Temptations are common to us all. The Bible says, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13 KJV. There too many temptations to list here but below are two common temptations we must be on the alert for:
1. Boredom: When bored, turning to unhealthy habits to pass the time or finding entertainment is not unusual or uncommon but will certainly lead to sin. Years back, boredom was called idleness, which is the correct word used in the Bible. To overcome idleness, it’s important to remember Proverbs 19:15 KJV and ask the Lord what you should do with any free time he has given you. He might direct you to volunteer at your church, help out the brethren, or go soul-winning.
2. Stress: Stress is a common excuse given for engaging in all sorts of bad habits, such as overeating, excessive entertainment, or procrastination. To overcome stress-related sins, the answer is to manage stress by praying to God and by casting all your care upon him – in accordance with 1 Peter 5:7 KJV – for he careth for you.
Are you willing to allow God’s Word to penetrate into your heart? Are you willing to allow His truth to set you free from sinful habits? Reach out to us at Christianlifecoachtools.com by clicking on the BOOK NOW button for a FREE meeting and we’ll be happy to show you what the Bible has to say.