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Habits

by | Jul 7, 2021 | Focus, Listening, Word of God

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13 ESV)

“And give no opportunity to the devil.” (Ephesians 4:27 ESV)

My definition of a habit is something you do over and over without thinking about it.

Googles definition is “a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up.”

Habits can be good or bad. Good habits include reading your Bible and praying every day. Some bad habits are smoking, biting your fingernails, cursing. Just to name a few. But then there are habits that you do without thinking about it. Like when the power is off and you go into a room and flip the light switch to turn the light on. You know the power is off but because you do it every time you go into a room, you flip the switch and expect the light to come on.

Praying can become a habit. You pray “God bless us and provide for us. Protect (insert name or names here). Keep us safe. Amen” And you keep praying like that night after night. It’s become a habit.

When the plague hit last year, I started reading Psalm 91 daily. It became a habit for me. There were a few other verses that became a habit for me for over the year. Oh, I read other parts of my Bible too. But every morning for over a year I read the same verses. Out loud.

Then the other day God released me from that commitment. I started reading Genesis. I got to the end of verse 1. God said read the red letters. So I started reading Matthew. God has shown me verses I hadn’t really read before. I’ve read them, but never really thought about them.

That’s how God is. You may have read the verse several times but one day something about it will stand out. It will make you look closer at it. Then I find myself thinking about it during the day. I believe that was God’s intention. He showed me something just to keep my focus on him and off me.

So put your focus back on God.

Kathy Keller
Prayer warrior and writer with Answers2Prayer Ministries

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