TITLE: I Have To Do Something Different!
By annie keys
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Today, I decided I’d had enough of trying to do something with my unruly hair! Settling into the “hair chair”, at the beauty parlor, I told the beautician of my struggle. Since I’d moved from NC to Florida, my hair “do” had become a hair “don’t” and I didn’t have a clue how to fix it!
Running her fingers through my hair, looking from every angle, she finally pronounced, “I know exactly what you need, I can fix it. But you’re going to have to change what YOU are doing in order to keep your hair from going back to the way it was to start with.”
Whenever a change is made, some more changes need to take place in order to keep from going back to the way “it was”. That’s common sense! It’s the same way when I accept Jesus and begin my Christian walk. I have to not only stop bad behavior; I have to replace it with good behavior, or, I’ll return to my old ways.
How long does it actually take to form a new habit to replace an old one? According to new research by Phillippa Lally and colleagues from the UK Health Behavior Research Center, based at UCL Epidemiology and Public Health, It takes an average of 66 days to form a new habit.
Life style changes must be reinforced daily in order to be “locked in”. It’s comforting to realize that a negative life style has to be done for the same amount of days in order to be reinstated as habit! So, in spite of what Satan whispers to me, “backsliding” isn’t slipping up one time! Only if I CONTINUE to sin, have I lost my victory; I John 3:9-10 states that if I love God, I will not continue to sin.
Thankfully, God’s Word shows me, in I John 1:9, that if I DO sin, God is faithful to forgive me of my sin. However, Hebrews 6:4-8 warns that if I accept Christ’s atoning blood then choose to continue to sin, I crucify the son of God all over again! God sends His Holy Spirit to convict me of sin and lead me in the way of righteousness. It is up to ME whether I choose to follow that path of righteousness--or not.
Serving God is about making changes in my life. I can’t keep doing what I’ve been doing and expect to see the fruits of a Godly life just “happen”. Doing the same thing, over and over again, and expecting different results is--- foolish.
I Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
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