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“Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods… Consequently one must train the habit of Faith” ~ C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
Ever notice how good habits are harder to form than that “first” crepe that hits the sizzling pan but bad habits stick to us faster than super glue on plastic?
Part of the definition of “habit” at Dictionary.com is…
an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary
a dominant or regular disposition or tendency; prevailing character or quality:
Research has concluded habits start with a psychological pattern called a “habit loop”.
First, there’s a cue, or trigger, that tells your brain to go into automatic mode and let a behavior unfold.
Then there’s the routine, which is the behavior itself…That’s what we think about when we think about habits.
The third step is the reward: something that your brain likes that helps it remember the “habit loop” in the future. ~ Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
Over time, we, as humans, can develop some pretty bad habits…we eat when our heart feels empty to fill it, smoke to calm us down, drink when we’re sad to eventually pass out…none of which are good and all cause catastrophic health problems.
Habits show up in everything from our morning routines to our end of the day viewing habits. When you’re winding down at the end of a busy day, imagine the Father physically sitting on your sofa sharing your evening. When your eyes leave the big screen would they see a smile on His face followed by “Well chosen my child” or would you see tears in His eyes?
Habits we need to develop are laced throughout the Scriptures.
Imitating the examples Christ has given us…
Ephesians 5:1 (AMP) Therefore be imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as well-beloved children [imitate their father].
1 Corinthians 11:1(ESV) Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.
Things as living a life of contrast…
Ephesians 5:11(AMP) Take no part in and have no fellowship with the fruitless deeds and enterprises of darkness, but instead [let your lives be so in contrast as to] expose and reprove and convict them.
Listening to Gods voice…
Proverbs 4:20-21(ESV) My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart.
Staying in constant contact with the Father…
1 Thessalonians 5:17(ESV) pray without ceasing,
Breaking the habit of sin…
1 John 3:9(AMP) No one born (begotten) of God [deliberately, knowingly, and [habitually] practices sin, for God’s nature abides in him [His principle of life, the divine sperm, remains permanently within him]; and he cannot practice sinning because he is born (begotten) of God.
And being a good witness for Christ…
Titus 2:7(AMP) And show your own self in all respects to be a pattern and a model of good deeds and works, teaching what is unadulterated, showing gravity [having the strictest regard for truth and purity of motive], with dignity and seriousness.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ…May our 3 part “habit loop” involve getting on our knees, talking to God and listening faithfully to His words thereby “training the habit of faith”.