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Bad Habits - Can I Overcome?
 

1 Corinthians 14:33
For God is not a God of disorder but of peace. As in all the congregations of the saints,

Matthew 5:48
Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

1 Corinthians 3:16-17
16 Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you?
17 If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him; for God's temple is sacred, and you are that temple.


1 Corinthians 6:19-20
19 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;
20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.


GOOD HABITS HOW CAN I HAVE THEM?

BAD HABITS ARE NOT NATURAL? IT IS A LEARNED BEHAVIOUR!

SAME WAY GOOD HABITS YOU HAVE TO TRAIN YOURSELF TO BE GOOD

1. What are some bad habits?

Galatians 5:19-21
19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions
21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.


FOR MEN
- Smoking, drinking, chewing tobacco, Pan Parag, drugs, injections, tablets
- Digging nose publicly
- Making noise while eating
- Biting nails
- Not brushing teeth daily - destroys teeth and destroys others by bad breath
- Smelling armpits
- Coughing into people's faces
- Sexual immorality - masturbation, eve teasing, going to prostitutes, looking at women as sexual objects only, homosexuality, child abuse, pornography, incest
- Bad language, abusive language
- Fits of rage - shouting, yelling - thinking only then people will listen
- Money spending
- Telling Lies
- Stealing
- Boasting
- Idolatry - can become addictive!
- Over eating/ Idleness/ laziness/ procrastination/ lack of punctuality
- Accepting bribes

FOR WOMEN
- Gossip - talking bad about others when others are not there, that makes them feel a little better about themselves than others.
- Nagging
- Quarreling
- Selfishness
- Jealousy
- Not quick to forgive

2. How do we develop bad habits?

James 1:14-15
14 but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.
15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.


- Curiosity kills the cat, curiosity towards cigarettes, drugs, alcohol
- Curiosity about sexual parts
- Curiosity of others habits
- Child abuse - leaves us with a scar
- Peer Pressure - leads us to sin

1 Corinthians 15:33
Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character."

- Media - does not report much good that is being done. It is in the habit of telling people what they like to hear!
- Advertising leaves an impact
- Movies etc

The sheer pleasure of it! Continuous practice of sin makes you addicted to it!

Loss of self-respect and self esteem! Leads us to weird sexual behaviours

John 8:31-36
31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.
32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
33 They answered him, "We are Abraham's descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?"
34 Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.
35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.
36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.


Romans 7:12-25
12 So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good.
13 Did that which is good, then, become death to me? By no means! But in order that sin might be recognized as sin, it produced death in me through what was good, so that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful.
14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin.
15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.
16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good.
17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me.
18 I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.
19 For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do--this I keep on doing.
20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.
21 So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me.
22 For in my inner being I delight in God's law;
23 but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members.
24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?
25 Thanks be to God--through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God's law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.


Romans 8:1
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

3. Do you want to get well?

John 5:1-15
1 Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for a feast of the Jews.
2 Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades.
3 Here a great number of disabled people used to lie--the blind, the lame, the paralyzed.
4
5 One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years.
6 When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, "Do you want to get well?"
7 "Sir," the invalid replied, "I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me."
8 Then Jesus said to him, "Get up! Pick up your mat and walk."
9 At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. The day on which this took place was a Sabbath,
10 and so the Jews said to the man who had been healed, "It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat."
11 But he replied, "The man who made me well said to me, 'Pick up your mat and walk.'"
12 So they asked him, "Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk?"
13 The man who was healed had no idea who it was, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there.
14 Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, "See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you."
15 The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.


Do you want to get well? God is willing to change our life, our habits, our present situation! Do you want to get well?

a. Admit to yourself you are addicted

Luke 5:8
When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus' knees and said, "Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!"

b. Admit your weaknesses / admit your daily struggles

Psalm 38:18
I confess my iniquity; I am troubled by my sin.

Psalm 51:2-4
2 Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge.


Psalm 40:12-13
12 For troubles without number surround me; my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see. They are more than the hairs of my head, and my heart fails within me.
13 Be pleased, O LORD, to save me; O LORD, come quickly to help me.


c. Admit the need for God / admit the need for help

Psalm 71:12
Be not far from me, O God; come quickly, O my God, to help me.

Psalm 119:9-11
9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word.
10 I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands.
11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.


2 Timothy 3:16
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,

d. Take one day at a time

Luke 9:23
Then he said to them all: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.

e. Avoid bad company / make spiritual friends

1 Corinthians 15:33
Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character."

f. Replace by good habits/train yourself to do right

Philippians 4:8-9
8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.
9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me--put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.


1 Timothy 4:7
Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives' tales; rather, train yourself to be godly.

Hebrews 5:14
But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.

Hebrews 12:11
No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

Proverbs 22:6
Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.