Today’s Reading: 2 Peter 2:1-22
Key Verse: “They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity – for ‘people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.’” 2 Peter 2:19
Peter says, “You are a slave to whatever has mastered you.” This means, people are a slave to work, some are slaves to jealousy, some are slaves to gossip and others are slaves to people’s opinions.
A negative life controlling habit is something you find yourself doing even though it is destructive ether physical, mentally, emotionally, relationally or spiritually. Listen to Paul’s words in Romans 7:15: “I do not understand my own actions for I am as far from habitually doing what I want to do that I find myself doing the very thing that I hate.”
Be honest, look at your life and like Paul, evaluate the thing you find yourself doing that you hate. Life controlling habits are formed slowly and often almost unnoticeable. Someone once said: “Bad habits are like comfortable beds: easy to get into, but hard to get out.”
You must understand what God’s word says in 1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man, and God is faithful: He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear, but when you are tempted he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” God lets us know that in every situation with every temptation he provides victory.
Everything starts with confession. 1John1:9 “If we confess our sin, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” and then Philippians 4:13 says “I can do all thing through Christ which strengths me.”
Start your days off my seeking God and asking for his help and then replace bad habits with good ones. In Numbers 33:50-56 God told Moses that before the Israelites settled in the promise land, they should drive out the wicked inhabitants and destroy their idols. In Colossians 3 Paul encourages us to live as Christians in the same manner: throwing away our old way of living and moving ahead into our new life of obedience to God and faith in Jesus Christ.
Like the Israelites moving into the promise land, we can settle down and live with bad habits or move in and possess the new life, by driving out the sinful thoughts and practices and replacing them.