Bad habits

Out with the Old then In with the New

It’s that time of the year when people want make resolutions to do something new…or do they want to stop doing the old?

Doesn’t it make sense to say out with the old, then in with the new? For how can we create new habits without getting rid of the old ones? Or at least how could the new habits be of any benefit unless we quit the old ones?

This is why before … :

  • we can experience a new birth (Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. – John 3:5)
  • we can be given a new heart and mind (For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.Hebrews 8:10….see Ezekiel 36:25-27 also)
  • we can enjoy a new future (Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. – Colossians 3:2-4)

…we must repent of the old… :

  • way of living (Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them.Colossians 3:5-6)
  • way of thinking (And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.Romans 12:2)
  • fate we were heading for (And Jesus answered and said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.Luke 13:2-3)

After all, if we don’t make room for the new resolutions by clearing out the old habits then how can we expect to see any difference in our life? Unless we see a difference for the better the wrong thing becomes more resolute! This is why we must clean out the old of 2015 before we bring in the new of 2016.

Happy New Year! EA

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

The “Baccy” doesn’t have to be Wacky!

Yes, I know there are bigger and more important spiritual issues that I could be talking about; and no, I don’t mean to sound picky, or like the government, or even like your parents when you were a teenager – but I do mean to sound like a friend when I say, “If you smoke, kick the habit!”

As someone who has witnessed the awful effects of emphysema and cancer first hand, and as someone (if I personally know you) who may have to sit beside your hospital bed while you cough up one or both of your lungs in the future, I’m telling you that you can’t go wrong by snipping that stick right in butt.

Smoking is just plain awful for your health, and for the health of those around you. Most people think smoking causes them to relax, but in reality it makes it harder for you to breathe, raises your blood pressure and alters your ability to function normally without it. Nicotine is not a therapist who cares about you!

As Christians, our body is God’s temple on both the outside and the inside:

Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 – NKJV)

And don’t forget, the smoke that filled and glorified the old temple didn’t come from ashtrays.

I don’t say any of this to belittle, shame or make fun of anyone – I say what I say because I care and because the “baccy” doesn’t have to be wacky for it to be bad stuff. EA

Let everything which has breath give praise to the Lord. Let the Lord be praised.” (Psalm 150:6 – BBE)