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Have you ever tried to let go of a habit, however, it gets harder the more you try. Do you feel bad for yourself and have you started condemning yourself because of the habits? Stop being hard on yourself, you are not alone.
Remember what the scripture says?
1 Corinthians 10:13 — “13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” (KJV)
So be assured that there is a way for you to do it.
7 STEPS TO HELP YOU BREAK FREE
- GET ANGRY & STOP LIVING IN DENIAL: You are still condoning and enduring that habit, temptations, gains, etc because you’re not angry. When you are angry you’ll be fired up to seek help.
- GO TO GOD: Overcoming will be difficult without seeking God’s help. It is only with His help and Mercy you can scale through. (Hebrews 4:15-16, 1 Peter 5:7). If you think you can help yourself, you’ll only find yourself walking in circles.
- FIND A GOOD REPLACEMENT FOR IT: If you’d like to replace a particular habit, it’s important for you to find a good habit to take the place of such a habit. You can’t leave that spot vacant. For instance, let’s say I want to stop watching Nollywood movies, it must be replaced with probably listening to sermons.
- FLEE: When you’re trying to outgrow something, it’s important you flee whenever it gets cloudy, do not tempt yourself with the thought that you’re so Superior and you can never fall prey to the habit again. 1 Thessalonians 5:22 — “22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.” (KJV)
- HAVE AN ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNER: See Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 — “9 Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. 10 For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.”
(KJV). This should be someone you can always open up to without holding back and he/she listens and helps you without judging you. This is preferably someone more experienced and older than you. However, he/she must be with the Fear of God and the Mind of Christ.
- GET A STICKY PAPER: On this sticky paper, write out what you’re trying to let go of and what you’re replacing it with. Then paste it somewhere your eyes will constantly make contact with. That way it registers into your subconscious mind. Habakkuk 2:2 — “2 And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.” (KJV)
- GIVE YOURSELF TO THE WORD: See Psalms 119:11 — “11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” (KJV). When you’re faced with temptation, reciting the Word of God in your heart or loudly can save you. However, this is only possible when you’re a person of the Word. So do you study and meditate on the word?
Sin means Simple Instructions Neglected, so you should find yourself given to obedience if you’d love to overcome that particular habit, temptation, etc. Overcoming a habit isn’t that rosy, you might find yourself falling back into it especially when you think you’re free. What should you do in such a situation? Don’t faint! Don’t be weary! Do not give up. Instead, understand that it’s a process.
So give yourself more to prayer and study of the word, while you constantly renew your mind. Never for once think it’s an easy journey or you can help yourself. Isaiah 40:31 — “31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (KJV). So it takes time. Just learn to trust in God as He broods upon you.
I pray that the Lord will grant you grace to resist every form of temptation, He will release unto you the power to break free and He will renew your heart in Jesus’ name. AMEN
Do not keep this to yourself if you find it helpful, do share the good news with other Believers.