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Habits, We All Have Them

Good Morning Harvesters,

Over the last four weeks we have asked God for one word and a verse to go with along with it that can help us this month past month and guide us to the end of this year.

Week 2 we came to realize that in order to change our thoughts we have to capture destructive thoughts and then fixing our mind on spiritual things. We asked God to add to our word and verse a thought that helps to tie them together. 

In Week 3 we understand that often times in our life if we want to change the way we live, then we need to change the words we speak.  Are we speaking life-giving words or life-taking words. We asked God to help us by giving us a statement that we can live out that bring life to us and deepens our relationship with Him and others.

This week we have sought God to help us with our disciplines in life.  We all have habits, the question is are they good or bad?  Are we choosing what we want now over what we want most.

It is easy to become distracted on this journey we are on by alot of good things and of course bad things.  Habits that can take us off course with what we really want most in our relationship with God and with others we journey with together.

Much of this comes from our life not being fully surrendered to God and allowing our sinful nature or the natural man/woman be in control instead of living in Holy Spirit-discipline instead of self-discipline. Romans 7:21-25 reminds us, "I have discovered this principle of life--that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love God's law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is Jesus Christ our Lord..."

Yes, thank God that we have a remedy to our problem. Jesus.  Through His power we can cleanse the sinful nature so that we can live in freedom and choose not just for today but what we want most. Paul continues with Romans 8:1-2, "So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to Him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death."

When we surrender to Christ and allow the Spirit-discipline not self-discipline to guide it changes everything.  One little thing that often keeps us trapped is not allowing Christ to have control, which when we do leads to major outcomes for our life. 

I close with Romans 8:5, "Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit." Letting Jesus have the all of us changes everything.  I pray that you will allow Him to have all of you, habits and all so that you may see not just for today what you want most.

I will be starting a new series on Sunday morning. Please come and serve at the Marathon and get back for a great concert with Greg Hager and learn about the 'Life on the Treadmill.'

Blessings,
Pastor Tim 
Lead Pastor 
Harvest Community Church of the Nazarene