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How to Break Life Controlling Habits

Habits can be very hard to break.  Once started, they are harder to stop.  Some habits are good, while others can destroy us.  How can you break bad, life-controlling habits?

First, realize that God accepts you as you are.  That doesn’t mean He likes your bad habit.  But He loves YOU.

Second, believe God’s Word when He says that you do have the power to change.  It comes from Him.  But Jesus will give you the strength to overcome any obstacle, no matter how great.  As Bess ten Boom told her sister Corrie, “There is no pit so deep, but God is deeper still.”  Paul spoke it clearly long ago in Philippians 4:19, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.”

Next, accept your own responsibility.  Don’t ask God to help you to quit smoking and make plans to drive by the convenience store where you always pick up cigarettes.  Make the changes you know you can, and then ask God to make the changes in you where you are full of weakness.

Finally, realize that there is a power in having a vision.  Proverbs says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”  Ask God to show you His vision for your life and to instill in you a sense of His purpose for your life.

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