The Good News and Insidious Truth About the Powerful Ways of Habit

Habits, like gravity, are a powerful force. Gravity keeps us grounded and stops us from floating off into the dark vastness of space. Gravity keeps planets on course and keeps order in the universe, ensuring things stay in their proper place until they have run their natural course. Likewise, good habits help us stay on track and keep our house in order. Bad practices, like asteroids crushing their way through the Milky Way or rogue satellites crashing down to Earth, disrupt our life, leading us astray and pushing us off course.

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Good and bad habits both gain strength through repetition. Practicing good habits transforms them into routine. The more we practice unhealthy habits, the greater disruption they exercise in our life. The ‘gravitational pull’ of our good habits increases the more engrained they become in us over time. However, unpleasant practices, like their good counterparts, also exert a great pull on us. Once a bad habit has us within its gravitational force, it is reluctant to let go, preferring to do whatever is necessary to keep us in orbit, until we spiral out of control.

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“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” 

Proverbs 4:23 (NIV)

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Romans 12:2 (ESV)

“A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.”

Proverbs 25:28 (ESV)

Good habits that aid spiritual growth include reading the Bible, memorizing Scripture, consistent prayer, regular worship, playing an active part in your home church, helping others especially the poor and hungry, mentoring individuals in their daily walk, fasting routinely, meditating on God’s work in your life, and keeping our mind, heart, and soul healthy through eating right, regular exercise, and staying active.

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Breaking the chains of bad habits like addiction, negative image reinforcement, and self-debasement or overcoming past abuse, oppression, or enslavement doesn’t come easy. Truthfully, I’ve found that only through Christ can I rise above the forces that seek to keep me under their control and don’t mind destroying me in the process. Simply put, I found I needed Jesus to overcome unhealthy habits. Otherwise, it seems impossible.

But isn’t that great news? You and I don’t have to go it alone. Created in His image, we have a God who loves us and walks with us through the valleys and stands by us on the mountaintops. We are not alone.

How cool is that?

Go in peace and may your week be filled with abundant blessings.

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2017: Grateful for a Monumental Year!

Through a wave of highs and lows, this year leaves this blogger a ton to be grateful for as 2017 proved to be a remarkable year for the Devotional Guy. The blog saw engagement and audience numbers rocket to monumental new heights with post views increasing 226% and blog visitors growing 192% over last year. In addition to these mind-blowing numbers, this blog saw record improvements as follows, likes, and comments increased.

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Looking back at 2017, here are the Top Ten posts from this past year:

1.       More of Him, Less of me.

2.       3 Things Pastor Mark Jones Taught Me

3.       10 Years Ago Today…

4.       Serenity Prayer

5.       Finding Hope In A World of I Don’t Care

6.       Topsy Turvy

7.       Treating Each Other Better

8.       God Won’t Give You More Than HE Can Handle

9.      The Secret to Cultivating Gentleness

10.     Operation Christmas Child

 

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Other posts that received great feedback and are worthy of honorable mention are:

·       Be Strong and Courageous

·       Why Are People Homeless?

·       God Faithfully Meets Our Needs

·       Today, Remember Forgiveness

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Growing a blog takes time and effort. Most of all it takes you. Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read and engage with this blog. I look forward to a fantastic 2018.

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