Breaking Bad Habits & Developing Good Habits – a Christian Perspective

As I am a Christian and have written a book on habits, many people have asked me how changing habits applies to Christians and whether changing our habits is biblical. In response to this, I have outlined what the bible says about habits and how the 7 Steps to Make or Break Habits process applies to the Christian walk.

Why should we care about habits?

Habits are by definition behaviours we do very regularly. They therefore have a large impact on our lives as their effect is compounded over time. E.g. reading x pages of bible per day will result in us reading the entire bible over the course of a year. Spending a little bit more than we earn each day may result in bankruptcy or a huge credit card bill at the end of the year. All habits are formed by practise and repetition. Therefore, we want to make sure we are practising good habits that will lead us towards God and His purpose for our lives and breaking bad habits that will take us away from God.

Breaking Bad Habits & Habitual Sin

For a Christian ‘bad habits’ are called in the bible ‘sin’. God certainly does not want us to continue to sin and as a Christian we desire to please God.

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? Rom 6:1-2

We all commit ‘random’ or non-habitual sin daily by the bad things we do or good things we fail to do  – none of us are perfect yet!

However, it is the habitual sin in our lives which is often the most frustrating and causes the most pain to those around us, God and ourselves.

For example, lying once is not as serious as being a habitual liar. A habitual liar feels compelled to lie and almost has no control over it as it has become an ‘unconscious’ habit.

Similarly, being gluttonous occasionally (e.g. Christmas day!) is not ideal but won’t cause as many health problems as overeating or eating the wrong kinds of foods every day. Over time, the habitual sin of gluttony/ overeating will cause serious health problems and impact our ability to serve God.

Habitual sin can be the most frustrating kind for Christians – we earnestly desire to be free of the sin but with constant temptations from the devil, our flesh and the world, we can keep being pulled back into it.

Whilst Christ has given us the victory and we are ‘dead to sin’, walking this out on a daily basis can be a challenge.

It doesn’t feel like we are ‘dead to sin’ (Col 3:5), the desire to sin often seems very much alive in us! (As evidenced by Paul’s struggle in Romans 6.)

Fortunately, God has made provision for overcoming habitual sin so we don’t need to act on our desires and temptation. If you are caught in habitual sins or any other bad habit you can follow the 7 Steps to Make or Break Habits process to overcome it.

Replacing Bad Habits with Good Habits

The Bible also instructs us to develop many good habits when we become Christians such as prayer, bible reading and meeting with other Christians – developing these new habits will also help us to develop ‘fruit of the Spirit’ and overcome sin in our lives.

By the grace of God, we are to ‘put off’ the old self with its sinful habits and desires and ‘put on’ the new self which is like Christ. (Replacing bad habits with good habits).

To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:22-24

As new Creations, we see that God wants us to leave our bad habits and sins behind and take on new Christ-like behaviours.

Make or Break Habits Process

I have outlined the basic process in 7 Steps to Make or Break Habits and how it applies to the Christian. This is a brief summary and omits repeating many strategies that are outlined in the free summary or full version ebook.

Changing habits is not always a fast or easy task but fortunately God promises to help us and be with us.

“I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5 

1.     Self Awareness

Firstly we need to acknowledge and become aware that there is sin in our lives

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8

This first happens at conversion when we acknowledge our sin towards God and accept His forgiveness.

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23

When we go on with God, He starts to illuminate areas of our lives which are not pleasing to Him and need to be changed. The Bible and the Holy Spirit will help us determine what we need to change and which areas of our lives aren’t in line with His Word.

Here is a starter list – we’ve all struggled with these sins at some point!

Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21

Not only are there sins of commission (sins we commit), there are also sins of omission (good things we fail to do).  A sin of commission is lying, a sin of omission is failing to help the poor.

So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. James 4:17

The Bible describes the things we should do as Christians and how we should live. A few examples are below.

Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay. Matthew 10:8

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Joshua 1:8

30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:31

God wants us to both do away with bad habits (sins of commission) whilst developing good habits and doing the good things we ought to do.

Once we are aware of a particular habit we need to change, we need to start monitoring our behaviour and becoming aware of when we do it or could have done it but didn’t. Is it certain people or situations that cause you to sin? Do certain TV programs trigger your habit? What thoughts or feelings do you have right before you sin? How often does the sin occur?

You can use a habit diary as outlined in 7 Steps to Make or Break Habits to track these things. Gathering this information will help you recognise patterns and make a plan for overcoming the bad habits later on. It will also help you develop a baseline for current behaviour so you can track improvements. Habitual sin that is deeply ingrained and practised over a number of years can take time to break so it is encouraging to see when you’re making progress.

2.     Define Your Outcome

I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14

You need to decide what behaviour to replace your bad habit with. Otherwise another bad habit may emerge in its place.

 “When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, but finds none. Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when it comes, it finds the house empty, swept, and put in order. Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there, and the last state of that person is worse than the first. So also will it be with this evil generation.” Matthew 12:43-45

For example, you hear of people who gave up smoking but replaced it with overeating.  You need to have a positive behaviour to replace the negative one. As we read before, Ephesians 4:22-24 tells us to “put off” the old self and “put on” the new self.

For example, you can replace gossiping with speaking positively about someone.

Usually we formed bad habits because they gave us some (temporary) pleasure or enjoyment. For example, overeating may have helped us to relieve stress or we may simply enjoy food a lot! If we can find out what need was being met, we can replace it with a healthier behaviour.

For example, if you know from your habit diary you overeat when stressed, you can plan to do a new behaviour to help with this such as journaling, praying or taking a walk.  Or, If you overeat at night because you get too hungry during the day, you can have an afternoon snack to curb your When deciding what to replace the bad habit with, your habit diary will come in handy.

Decide on the new behaviour you would like to move towards instead of your bad habit.

For developing a good habit such as bible reading or prayer, what will this look like? Set a goal for the new behaviour and be very specific as to when and how you will do it so you know whether you are hitting your target or not.

The SMART goal setting framework can be helpful for this – ensure your new habit goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time Bound.

An example will be: I will read my bible for 10 minutes at 10pm every evening before going to bed. While 10 minutes might not sound like much, it is better to start small with new habits and then scale them up. It is quite difficult to form new habits as our brains prefer routine to change. By making small changes, your brain (and flesh) will protest less.

Doing small actions consistently is the key to forming new habits so while you can set big goals of where you’d eventually like to end up – ensure your habit goal is small enough to be manageable and that you will follow through.

Some goals will require multiple habits to be formed. For example, a healthy eating habit may require you to:

  • Eat vegetables or salad with your main meal at dinner
  • Replace junk food snacking with fresh fruit snacking
  • Replace drinking soda with drinking water

Its best to tackle these one at a time.

You may need to do some research to find out how to do your new habit. For example, how exactly should we pray? Or what does a healthy diet look like?

 

3.     4 Key Motivators for Christians

Unless we are motivated to change our behaviour, we won’t change, simple as that!

Our flesh is primarily motivated by pain & pleasure. We want something good or we want to avoid something bad.

As Christians, our key motivation in changing any behaviour is to please God and become more like Christ. This is not to be confused with earning our salvation through ‘works’ which is not possible, we receive this only by grace.

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8

However, God certainly wants us once we are saved though to become more like Him, do His will and be obedient to His commands.

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.  Ephesians 2:10

Love for God

When we love Him we will want to please Him. Meditate on God’s love for you and this will surely inspire you to want to change and dedicate yourself to Him.

We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19

 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. John 14:15

 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Romans 12:1

Imitation of Christ

When we admire someone, we want to be like them. Reading about Jesus character and the amazing things He did in the Bible can certainly inspire us to want to do likewise! Jesus has given us a perfect example to emulate.

A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household. Matthew 10:24-25

For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. 1 Peter 2:21-22

Desire for eternal life

God promises us eternal life when we follow Him. This is a very big reward!

Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:10-11

Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. 1 Corinthians 9:25-27

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. James 1:12

Avoiding hell

Because God wants the best for us, the bible provides plenty of warnings and consequences as to what will happen if we keep on sinning.

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. John 8:34

Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. James 1:15

There are plenty of warnings in the bible about continuing to sin and encouragement to do the right thing. Find some bible verses about your particular habit that will provide motivation for changing.

The reason God doesn’t want us to sin is because it will destroy us and bring negative consequences in our lives. What is your sin costing you in terms of your marriage, relationships, finances or health? Conversely how will developing a good habit improve your life and help you serve God better?

Write down all the reasons you can think of and put it somewhere where you’ll see it.

4.     Planning & strategy

Now that you are motivated to change, you need to create a plan for overcoming your bad habit or developing a positive new habit.

Without a plan for overcoming our habit, our brains and ‘flesh’ will just naturally compel us to do the old habit.

The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty. Luke 14:28

For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Luke 14:28

Do they not go astray who devise evil? Those who devise good meet steadfast love and faithfulness. Proverbs 14:22

The more detailed your plan is the better.  It is also important to write your plan down. This makes it more concrete and real and will enable you to think more clearly, in greater detail and with greater focus. You will also be able to remember your great ideas and add or modify the plan as necessary. Treat it as an official document coursing your new plan of action.

Commit your plans to God

Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act. Psalm 37:5

Commit your work to the Lord,

    and your plans will be established.

Proverbs 16:3

Imagine yourself with your new habit and run over your new plan in your mind so when the time comes to act you will be ready.

A more detailed guide to planning can be found in 7 Steps to Make or Break Habits.

5.     Strategy

There are many strategies outlined in 7 Steps to Make or Break Habits for changing habits. There are also a number of actions we should take as Christians.

Repentance

For bad habits that we know are sin, we will need to repent of our sin before God. True repentance is not just feeling sorry for committing the sin but making a firm resolve to turn from it.

Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out. Acts 3:19

No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Luke 13:3

Receive forgiveness

There is no need to feel guilty once we have repented as God has forgiven us. This will enable us to move forward rather than being stuck in the past.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

Pray for God’s help and believe He will help us

As well as praying for forgiveness, we also need to pray for God’s help.

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 1 John 5:14

We need Him to “deliver us from evil” (Matt 26.41) as well as when we face temptation (Matt. 26:36-46).

Regular prayer is the key with the bible telling us to “pray without ceasing”. 1 Thessalonians 5:17.

Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. Colossians 4:2

Whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you WILL have them. Mark 11:24

Accountability

Stay accountable to other Christians and have them pray for you for any difficult bad habits you are trying to overcome.

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. James 5:16

Likewise with good habits it can be highly motivated to have an exercise buddy or prayer partner who will encourage you to keep going with the habit when you don’t feel like it.

For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Ecclesiastes 4:10

Seek Godly counsel

Accept advice from mature Christians – particularly those who have overcome a similar habit to yours.

Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future. Proverbs 19:20

Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed. Proverbs 15:22

Avoid temptation

From your habit diary you will be aware of situations or people that tempt you. Avoid these people and situations while you are overcoming your habit.

But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. Romans 13:14

Avoid people who will encourage you to do your bad habit

Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” 1 Corinthians 15:33

I hate the assembly of evildoers, and I will not sit with the wicked. Psalm 26:5

Submit to God & Trust Him To Help us

When we submit to God, we can trust Him to help us overcome our bad habit or sin and to develop new positive habits in its place.

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7 

Trust in the LORD with all your heart

         And do not lean on your own understanding.

In all your ways acknowledge Him,

         And He will make your paths straight.   Proverbs 3:5

Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus

Don’t constantly think about your bad habit as this will cause you to focus on it and keep it top of mind. Instead, keep your focus on Jesus and concentrate on doing the right things rather than always worrying about your habit. Colossians 3:1-5

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.

Review 7 Steps to Make or Break Habits for further practical ideas and strategies for breaking bad habits and developing good habits.

6.     Mental Preparation & Renewing Your Mind

 

Renewing your mind is one of the most important steps in changing your habits. We need to think new thoughts and form new beliefs in regards to our habit and most importantly we need to believe we can change.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2

Read & Meditate on Scripture

The great thing is, reading the bible will start to change us as we’ll be ‘renewing our minds’. Our desires will change and we’ll no longer want to sin.

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Joshua 1:8

Meditate daily on the scriptures related to your habit which you gathered in Step 3 as well as the reasons why you want to change. Put them places around the home or office where you will see and remember them.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16

If we memorise the scriptures they will come to mind when we are tempted by bad habits. Jesus overcame temptation by quoting scripture – you can do the same!

Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:17

Meditating on scripture will also help to change your beliefs regarding a certain habit. What does the bible say about food, sex, alcohol, lying etc? Why is prayer, bible reading etc important – how will it help us? How does God want us to deal with these things? When we start to see things as God does, sin becomes less appealing. Know that everything God asks us to do is in our own best interests so don’t be deceived by the World, Flesh or Devil that sin is harmless.

Believe you can change

We won’t be able to change if we don’t believe it can be done as we will not put forth the necessary effort to change and we will give up easily. No matter how long you have had your habit, it can be overcome! Challenge your beliefs that your habit can’t be overcome by finding examples of people who have overcome a similar habit and find out how they did it.

God tells us we can change and that the Victory has been won in Christ Jesus.

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Romans 8:37

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57

For whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcomes the world, but he that believes that Jesus is the Son of God. 1John 5:4,5

John 4:4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.

Trust in God’s strength to help us

Remember, you are not doing this alone and nor would you want to! On our own we are weak and easily defeated by Satan but Satan cannot defeat Christ in us.

“Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh; is anything too difficult for Me?” Jer 32:27

Looking at them, Jesus said, “With people it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.” Mark 10:27

All things are possible to them that believe! Mark 9:23 

 

7.     Taking action

Now you have the right mindset and have a great plan for carrying out your new habit – the most important (and hardest) part is taking action!

We need to not just be a ‘hearer’ of the Word but a ‘doer’. James 1:23-25

Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. 1 John 3:18

We must die to self (bad habits we desire) so we can be alive in Christ.

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing;  persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;  always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.  For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death works in us, but life in you. 2 Cor 4:7-12

The first few times you do this will be very difficult as we have gotten very good at doing certain bad habits because we have ‘practised’ them so often they come naturally to us. The flesh doesn’t like to die!

However, the more you do the good habit and refrain from acting on the bad habit, the easier it will get. When we CONSISTENTLY practise the good habit instead of the bad habit, the neural pathway in our brain for the new habit becomes stronger and it becomes easy and natural to do the new behaviour.

Exercise self discipline

When we first start the new behaviour we will need to exercise self discipline to get ourselves to move in the new direction. This can be difficult but is it is essential to live as God wants us to.

A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls. Proverbs 25:28

But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. 1 Corinthians 9:27

Making small changes gradually will require less willpower and self control. For example, you will feel less resistance to going for a 10 minute walk than a 1 hour run. Break your change down into manageable stages and build up gradually to your ultimate goal.

God has given us a Spirit of power, love & self control – we just need to use it!

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7

Like any muscle or any new skill we practise, your self control muscle WILL get stronger the more you exercise it. So be patient with yourself :-)

Live by the Spirit

When we choose to do what is right (God’s Will) we will be crucifying the flesh and living by the Spirit.

Making even a small change in the right direction is progress. E.g. practise delaying from acting on your habit for 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 30 minutes etc will help to build your self control and will be training your flesh in righteousness.

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. Galatians 5:13-18

Act Despite Your Fear

Don’t be afraid of failing with your new habit, likely you will stumble many times. By keeping your eyes fixed on Jesus, you will be able to take action despite the fear.

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:13

Overcome Temptation

As discussed earlier, temptation will come from the world, the devil & our flesh/ sinful desires. It is not a sin to be tempted – Jesus was tempted but he did not give in to the temptations. Matthew 4.

God has given us the power of choice so we CAN choose to do the right thing even if when it seems very difficult at the time. God will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear and will also provide an escape route. Seek Him for what this is for your temptation.

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13

Perseverance

We will only form new habits by taking CONSISTENT action so we have to keep going with the new behaviour even when we don’t feel like it or we feel like giving up.

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. James 1:12

I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14

Patient Endurance

Changing habits can take time – it can also be very humbling! When we realise how weak our flesh is we will place no confidence in it and all of our confidence in God. We will realise that without Him we can do nothing. We will need to lean on God’s grace whilst taking the practical measures he has given us in overcoming our sin.

James 1:2-4 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Know that God is doing a good work in you whilst you change your habits.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

The process will also reveal His love for us – that even when we continue to sin, he still loves us and will never leave us or forsake us.

One day at a time

Remember – a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step! Lao-tzu

Just focus on overcoming your bad habit or developing your new habit one day at a time. Otherwise it can seem overwhelming. Can you commit to practising the new behaviour for just one day? Worry about tomorrow when it comes.

 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:34

Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

Track your progress

It can be helpful to track your progress as you walk towards your goal. This will encourage you when the process is taking longer than you would like it to!

Throughout the bible, people built altars to God to honour and remember Him for what He had done in our lives. We should do the same! Keep a record of the good things God has done and how He has helped you. Having a visible calendar where you can mark successful completion of your habit can help you stay focused and motivated.

Use your habit diary to note if there is anything that keeps causing you to stumble or prevents you from doing your new habit. Review and refine your plan as necessary.

If you are starting small with a new habit, e.g. 10 minutes of bible reading a day – you can look at scaling up once you have mastered the smaller habit. Note, it takes at least 21-30 days to develop a new habit so avoid scaling up too quickly or you may give up.

At the same time we are laying our sin on the altar as an offering to God. It can be costly to lay things down on the altar but if God is calling us to do it, it is for our ultimate good.

But the king said to Araunah, “No, but I will buy it from you for a price. I will not offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God that cost me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver. 2 Samuel 24:24

Celebrate success

Celebrate your successes even if they are small.

Know you have won the ultimate Victory in Christ!

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57

Reward

Know that God has great reward waiting for you and he sees the efforts you are making.

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:23-24

God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. Hebrews 6:10

Praying for success in changing your habits!

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