We have a dog that’s…..how should I say this…………..PSYCHO. Her name is Winter. She can chew her way through a metal fence and leap over trampolines in a single bound……………and knock down small children with a wag of her tail. She’s a rescue gone bad. (I know a few people like that too).
Our intentions with Winter have always been good. But it turns out she’s more dog than the Post family can handle, especially with little people around and little friends of little people popping in and out. So we decided to find Winter a new home. Out in the country with lots of room and no little people to tackle. A friend of ours took her to a friend of his, out on a farm about 15 miles from our house. Goodbye Winter.
About 10 dates later, I look out the window and who is standing at my fence, about to chew her way through? Yep, Winter. Well, that didn’t work so well did it. She’s like a bad penny.
You ever have a habit or a sin that keeps showing up in your life, like a bad penny. No matter how hard you try to get rid of it or how far you try to push it away, it keeps coming back. How do we get victory over something like that, so that when it’s gone…………….it STAYS gone?
Philippians 4 tells us:
6Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
8And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.
In order to be free of sinful habits we must fix our thoughts on what is true. Recognize the lies that Satan tries to tell us, resist them and replace them with truth. It’s not enough to stop sinning, because it always comes back. We have to replace the wrong action with a right one so there’s no room for the old to come back.
You can read more about breaking sinful habits in Ephesians 4. May you find victory today as you fix your thoughts on what is true: You are loved and God is faithful.