Make God A Habit
It is easy for us to make bad habits and hard to break them. If we are obedient to God and walk in the Spirit we CAN form good habits that will last a lifetime.
Luke 9:23: And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
Why does it say we should take up our cross daily? Could it be because we so often lay it down and/or forget about it? It would be appropriate if the verse said take up his cross hourly or even every moment. The cross we are to take up carries us. I heard a wonderful message years ago about The Buoyancy Of The Cross. The heaviest load is a burden of sin and disobedience.
Proverbs 13:15: Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.
Hebrews 12:1: Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Athletes put on the lightest shoes they possibly can. The burden we are to bear for Christ will always be the lightest.
Matthew 11:28-30: Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
His cross means there is a specific cross for each individual believer. Each believer is responsible for his own cross. No one else could or should take it up. What is it that we should take up? What is it to take up his cross daily? How do we define that cross? I believe it is simply remembering God and what He in His perfect will wants us to do this day. Taking up our cross means that we give him our time, our body, our actions and our thoughts. I don*t know the specifics of what God wants you to do today or any day. Often I don*t even know what God wants me to do a few moments from now. God is not a part-time God. He has ordained everything I am to do today.
Ephesians 2:10: For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
When we are walking in the flesh we forget about God. Forgetting God is a terrible habit than can be broken. Sadly, even Christians who are indwelt by the Holy Spirit forget about God. We need reminders of God and His goodness and His presence. A few suggestions: Keep your Bible right next to the first thing you habitually do in the morning. I prefer the dining room table where I have my first cup of coffee in the morning. Have a place where you pray every morning. Use that place as a reminder to pray whenever you see it or go to it or think about it. I prefer getting on my knees in front of our living room couch. I go there immediately after I put the coffee on. After I pray my personal prayer at the living room couch I go to the dining room table to pray for the others in my prayer lists and then to study the Bible. I keep about 20 prayer lists near my Bible. I pray through one of the lists every day and I mark the list I pray through each day. I sip my coffee as I pray and study.
Plan ahead. Make room for God. I get up at least 2 hours before I must leave the house. I NEED at least 1 hour with the Lord before I have breakfast and get dressed. Mornings when I don*t have to leave the house early I get as much as 3 delightful hours alone with God. On the rare days when I don*t get my time alone with Him I feel like I am in slow motion all day.
What shall I do next? When, in the course of a day, I need to make a choice or I am at a standstill I often ask the Lord that question. I suggest you ask Him that question also. If I am already doing what He wants He doesn*t have to give me some new thought or direction. We don*t give much thought to each step as we walk but we can depend upon Him to be in charge of every step whether we remember it or not. I love it when I discover that something got accomplished for the Lord that I did not notice while it was happening.
Isaiah 55:6: Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
For a believer there is no place or time where God cannot be found. His will is good all the time. We need Him all the time. We are His all the time. We need to trust Him all the time.
He is the most wonderful habit!!!!!!!!!!