Summary: Get victory over those bad habits. God has the remedy. Follow the practical guidelines of His Word and die out to the flesh. In Him we are more than overcomers.
Controling Habits and the Habit of Controling
1 ¶ Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. (KJV)
1 Estad, pues, firmes en la libertad con que Cristo nos hizo libres; y no os sujetéis de nuevo al yugo de esclavitud. (RVG04)
2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. (KJV)
2 He aquí, yo Pablo os digo que si os circuncidáis, de nada os aprovechará Cristo. (RVG04)
2 P 2:19
19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. (KJV)
19 prometiéndoles libertad, siendo ellos mismos esclavos de corrupción. Porque el que es vencido de alguno, es hecho esclavo de aquel que lo venció. (RVG04)
Types of People:
1. Spectator---just there to observe.
2. Anticipator---expecting something positive, but not doing anything about it.
3. Participator---getting involved personally to make things happen
4. Dictator---making things happen your way at the expense of others.
Where do fit into that selection?
15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. (KJV)
15 Porque lo que hago, no lo entiendo, pues no hago lo que quiero; sino lo que aborrezco, aquello hago. (RVG04)
Bad habits are those things that we really don't like; we know that they are detrimental to us, but they have a hold on us.
Some bad habits fall into these categories:
5. Lack of Cleanliness
7. Lack of communication
Some of our habits are obvious, others are disguised, and some of us may be completely oblivious to our own bad habit; but most likely it is a glaring monster to those around you.
A. Be Honest about It
Don't go into denial about it.
Confession is good for the soul.
3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. (KJV)
3 Digo, pues, por la gracia que me ha sido dada, a cada cual que está entre vosotros, que no tenga más alto concepto de sí, que el que debe tener, sino que piense de sí con mesura, conforme a la medida de la fe que Dios repartió a cada uno. (RVG04)
B. Find someone to be responsible to.
2 Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. (KJV)
2 Sobrellevad los unos las cargas de los otros, y cumplid así la ley de Cristo. (RVG04)
C. Identify the Root of the bad habit.
D. Understand the need to remove the bad habit completely.
Bad habits may be committed consciously or without any idea that one is doing them. Nevertheless, they are habits that need to be dealt with for one to grow and mature in all areas of his or her life.
Bad habits are those things that you do (or don't do) that have negative reprecussions in one or more of the following areas:
God made us, sees us, and knows all about our shortcomings. Give it all up to Him and ask Him to help you overcome in these areas of your life.
Barring a miracle, habits are usually broken, in the same way they were formed----a little at a time.
THE POWER OF A BAD HABIT
1. They bind you slowly, but surely.
Very few people started smoking a pack of cigarrettes a day from their first smoke.
2. An undeterred bad habit is a sign of lack of self-control. It is a work of the flesh and opposed to the work of the Spirit.
3. A bad habit will take control of your person and limit you if not consume you.
BREAKING THE BAD HABIT(S)
You cannot do it alone. You need God and in many cases you need the people of God.
13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (KJV)
13 Todo lo puedo en Cristo que me fortalece. (RVG04)
22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. (KJV)
22 acerquémonos con corazón sincero, en plena certidumbre de fe, purificados los corazones de mala conciencia, y lavados los cuerpos con agua pura. (RVG04)