The Importance Of Habit (1)

“This has been your manner from your youth.”         Jeremiah 22:21 NKJV

You will discover that successful people like Peter and John are always creatures of habit.  “Peter and John went…to the temple at the hour of prayer” (Acts 3:1 NKJV).  And this day God used them to bring healing to a man who’d been crippled from birth.  As a result, three thousand people were won to Christ and joined the church.  But it all began with–a daily habit.  Your habit.  Your habits determine your future.  Psychologists estimate that 90 percent of your behavior is habitual–90 percent!  Habits can help you do things more quickly and remove mental clutter so that you can think about more important things.  But they can also be detrimental and lead you in a direction that is out of line with your dream.  Think about the person who dreams of winning an Olympic gold medal in the marathon, but smokes two packs of cigarettes a day.  Or the person who dreams of being a fashion model, but eats six thousand calories a day without exercising.  Or the business person who dreams of leading a winning team, but habitually insults and belittles employees.

Habits have a cumulative effect–and often the results don’t show up until much later in life.  If your habits are bad, by the time the damage is evident it’s too late to alter your results.  That’s why you need to take control of your habits–now.  Unless you are willing to confront the habits you need to change, and institute new ones, you can stand on 101 different Scriptures, claiming God’s promises, but you’ll get nowhere.


This message taken from: Daily Devotional – The Word For You Today