STATE OF MIND
God, thank you for waking us up this morning and allowing us to take a step forward in life and preparing us for greater.
I pray that today will be a new day.
An opportunity for us to put forth the strength you have placed into each and everyone of us.
Let us be the head and not the tail.
I pray for a blood covering of protection over us and everyone that is connected to us.
I thank you once again for giving us the chance to change.
In Jesus name I pray Amen
i decree that I can change my habits by using God's strength and meditating on His Word when I feel weak.
“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
Philippians 4:13 NIV
The Resource... The Word!
Bible Reading: Genesis 25:29-34
Follow God’s example in everything you do. Ephesians 5:1
DO YOU HAVE any bad habits? Check out the list below. Do you
_____chew your fingernails? _____put things off until later?
_____chew your toenails? _____eat too much?
_____chew carpenters’ nails? _____eat too little?
_____interrupt when others are talking? _____watch too much TV?
_____pull out your hair? _____pick your nose?
_____pull out someone else’s hair? _____pick someone else’s nose?
_____grind your teeth? _____smoke cigarettes?
_____insult people? _____smoke cigars?
_____forget to say please or thank you? _____smoke old tires?
_____lose your temper? _____gossip about other people?
Maybe you didn’t check any of the items on the list above. Maybe you checked them all! Either way, you probably have at least one bad habit—something you do that is rude or thoughtless or undesirable. Nobody is totally free from bad habits. Sometimes our bad habits are sinful. Sometimes they’re just annoying. And sometimes—as Esau found out (in today’s Bible reading)—they can really be hurtful and costly.
Whatever bad habit you may have, you don’t have to be stuck with it. It may take a lot of self-control, but you can overcome it. In fact, that’s one of the reasons God wants you to learn self-control. His Word commands us to “be clear minded and self-controlled” (1 Peter 4:7, NIV).
God wants you to be like him. He is always in control of himself and of the universe he has made. And no matter how strongly rooted your bad habits may be, God is able and willing to help you overcome them. He will help you, through the power of his Spirit, to learn and exercise self-control.
REFLECT: Did you check any of the bad habits in the list above? List three bad habits you’d like to get rid of:
Choose one of the above and start asking God for help to use self-control in overcoming that problem.
PRAY: “Father, you know that I’m weak in the above areas. But you are strong. Please help me to overcome my bad habit _________________________ in your strength.”
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