It should be understood that Godly habits are habits of choice…they do not come natural. It should also be said that habits of the flesh, worldly habits, are easier made and kept than Godly habits. The reason for this is that worldly habits originate from the flesh nature of man and Godly habits originate from the work of the Spirit in those of us who are “new creatures” as seen in 2 Corinthians 5:17
It should be easier to make and keep Godly habits in a “new creature”, and honestly, the “new man” is the only hope of long term success in making and keeping Godly habits. The true proverb of the unregenerate professor is seen in 2 Peter 2:22, “The dog is turned to his own vomit again and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.” Godly habits are spiritually built and kept, or carnally broken by those, “having not the Spirit.” Jude 17-19
I cannot tell you the many dozens of people I have seen “Return to his own vomit” or how many as “sows what are washed” go back to wallow in the mire of the same world they left in days gone by. The question is this: “Are you a Habitual Christian?” Look at Hebrews 10:19-25. Notice verse 24, “Provoke unto love and good works.” Verse 25 “exhorting one another.” Look also at Gal 4:16-18. “But it is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing.” “Affected” means to have a warmth of feeling for or against.” Basically, it means to fire someone up for good or bad. Hebrews 5:14 speaks of “by reason of use” referring to being habitual. Luke 4:16 speaks of Jesus “custom” of going into the synagogue on the Sabbath. That means that He had a habit of doing so.
Now I answer some of the benefits of being a Habitual Christian.
- When we are Habitual Christians, there is predictability. The benefit of that is that you can be counted on in every way and every area of life. You will be in your place when there is a need. You will be a testimony to the saving, changing power of God over the powers of the world. It means that if someone told something unbelievable about you or me, it would not be believed. We all should have predictability.
- When we are Habitual Christians, there is Accountability. Our life of Godly habits speaks for us so loudly that we do not need to defend ourselves…our Godly habits will defend us and those who know us would defend us not even knowing the nature of the thing. This is the way we should live and every false accusation should fall on deaf ears because our testimony is so clear.
- When we are Habitual Christians, the is Dependability. When we have built a reputation of predictability and accountability, we can then be depended upon.
Do you have such clear and consistent Godly Habits that you can be depended upon to be in your place, predictable, accountable and dependable?