People aren’t born with habits. The reason they’re called habits is because they’re things you do repeatedly under similar circumstances. Habits are acquired—they’re learned—and so the best way to get rid of them is to unlearn them. For example, if you’ve formed a habit of saying the wrong things, you have to learn a new habit of consciously speaking wholesome, gracious, and faith-filled words. The next time you say those wrong words, you tell yourself: “I shouldn’t be saying that.” By so doing, you’re putting a check in your spirit.
So get rid of every filthy habit and all wicked conduct. Submit to God and accept the word that he plants in your hearts, which his able to save you (James1:21GNB).
If there’s any wrong habit you wish to change, first recognise that the habit isn’t good. Secondly, make the decision to stop it. Thirdly, say, “I’m going to stop this and I’m stopping it now!” When you say that, you begin your process, because faith without works—corresponding action—is dead. Your corresponding action will be to repeatedly check this thing that you’ve been doing by refusing to do it again, and voicing your faith against it.
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