Habits are life’s killers; they eat you slowly until it completely devours every part of you. A lot of us have struggled daily to break away from some form of habits in our lives; while others have given up ever breaking free from them.
Habits and addiction are not just the big names like sexual sins, alcohol and drugs in take. Habits could also be in form of anger or even lying.
Habits are routines of behavior that are repeated regularly, which tend to be difficult to give up. We all know the little and big things we are trying to break away from our lives; the addiction that has become a scorn on your flesh. We find do ourselves doing the very thing we do not want to do.
Let me quickly show you something I read from the bible. First, you have to know that every scripture in the bible is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 2 Timothy 3:16.
Paul said in Romans 7: 18:20. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.
In order to break free from any form of addiction or habit; we have to break free from the flesh. The flesh has nothing good for us, except to be subjected under it. The Flesh tells us its okay to do that, ‘just a little wouldn’t hurt’, it reminds you of your past and the inability to live above that. It tells you ‘everyone is doing it, even so called born-again Christian are also struggling with you, so what makes you think you can live as perfect as you want to’. It’s tells you of your weaknesses and how difficult it is to break free.
You feel a war going on inside of you; even though you desire to do the right thing, to walk in obedience to God’s word; yet, there is constant disagreement in your body. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Romans 7:22-24.
Now Folks, the first sign of defeat is thinking you cannot break free from every habit or addiction in your life. If you are a born-again Christian, remember that, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:1-2.
Now, the question comes’ how do I break free from every habit and addiction in my life? The word of Romans 12 comes to mind: Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Listen folks, your body is the temple of God and should not be subjected under sin. The other day when I was reading this verse, then it struck me; how do I present my body as a ‘living sacrifice’ to God? I know my body is the temple of God, but what does it mean to offer it to God as a sacrifice? Then, the Holy Spirit explained it to me this way. During the old days in the bible; the Israelites would always offer animal sacrifices to God in various form; to appreciate His goodness in their lives, for forgiveness of sins, for deliverance and so on. But yet, God expect us to offer our own bodies as sacrifices to him, and yet living.
Now for me to offer my body to God as a living sacrifice; I have to lay down my flesh, surrender my body, lay it all down before him; not just that, then ask in total surrender that his fire which is the Holy Spirit comes down to accept my body before the Lord.
Now please, bear with me here, I’m going somewhere. The fire of God is one, but with different functions: it consumes, it burns, it destroys, rekindles, refresh, repairs and can also be as tongues of fire as it did on the day of Pentecost.
When you lay your life as a living sacrifice before God; His fire will come down to consume every impurity, every habit, addiction or every marks that the enemy has placed upon your life. The same fire will then rekindle, repair and restores your life back to the ordinary plan of God.
However, this is not just a time thing; that is why Romans 12: 2 says, ‘do not be conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transform by the renewing of your mind. You have to constantly stay in the presence of God; you have to daily remain on the alter of God. You cannot keep walking in the pattern of this world; behaving in an ungodly manner and expecting not to fall into sin, is only a deception of the enemy. You cannot still go back to the places that have led you to sin and wants to stay free from the addiction; you cannot take a sneak peak at those things or dial the numbers that you know led you to some pattern of lives you want to stay away from.
Also Leviticus 6: 13 says, ‘Fire shall be kept burning continually on the altar; it is not to go out.’ You have to constantly, continuously stay in the presence of God. The fire has to keep burning. Renew your mind daily with the word of God; study and dwell in the presence of God so that you can know his perfect Will for you. God told Moses in Leviticus 6: 8, that the burnt offering must remain on the altar; in other words, you have to remain in the presence of God, you have to always and still offer your body as a living sacrifice to him; not just today or for some hours, but every day of your life.
Remember, shall we continue in sin and allow grace to abound? By no means!
In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace. Romans 6:11-14.
I pray for the grace and power to break free from every habits and addictions in our lives; the willingness to submit totally to God’s will.
© Circlesoflove 2017