We all have old habits that we want to get rid of. We have had those habits for so long that we do them without even thinking about it.
However, there is a particular old habit that Jesus is more concerned about than the one you are thinking of.
It is a habit that belongs to your old nature: you desire to get your way in everything and work to make sure that your way happens.
It IS human nature.
But my friend, you have a new nature in Christ.
You have been recreated in Him – The old has gone, the new has come.
“Since Jesus went through everything you’re going through and more, learn to think like him. Think of your sufferings as a weaning from that old sinful habit of always expecting to get your own way. Then you’ll be able to live out your days free to pursue what God wants instead of being tyrannized by what you want.”
1 Peter 4:1-2 MSG
But old habits die hard.
Those habits are sabotaging your freedom to live in your new nature.
When we struggle, we think it is because God doesn’t love us. In reality, it might be that He loves you so much that He will use the stressful opportunity at hand to break an old nature habit.
It starts with your thinking.
Ask Jesus to help you change your mind about suffering, breaking habits and the ability to be free to do His will, His way in everything you do.
“Then you’ll be able to live out your days free to pursue what God wants instead of being tyrannized by what you want.”
Out with the old, in the with new.
It’s not by your power, it’s by His.
My friend, I am praying that today you will break free from the mental habits that are sabotaging your freedom in Christ and that the suffering you are experiencing will break the power of it. God’s grace is sufficient. God’s love is unending. God’s strength will get you through.