“Free!” The magic word, aye? I’d been wanting a new refrigerator, and on garage sale day there stood this pretty refrigerator with a “FREE” sign on it. Greed kicked in. I must have it! Quick before anyone else gets it! We scrambled to bring it across the drive to our patio. We got a new refrigerator! Yea! Thanks God!
In the back hidden down in my spirit was this niggling critter laughing at me. Uncomfortableness. Did I ask God about it? Or did I let a spirit of greed take over? I ask myself these questions now after we had a difficult time getting the new refrigerator in through our doors and the old one out.
Then the handles are on the opposite sides of the doors. (Haven’t had time to switch them) So every time I go to get in the frig, I find myself grabbing for a handle that’s not there. Oh yeah, the other side. It’s habit displaying itself in plain view, and it reminds me of my reaction to the “free” sign.
What other habits keep me coming up empty? What happens when I disobey God? I see something I want. . . did I go to God and ask if it’s good for me? No I acted according to the world. What if I am under attack of the enemy? Do I take it to God or try and figure it out on my own? I’ve still got a ways to go. It is difficult to break worldly habits, some more than others.
What does God say about habits? Some are good like~ the women who followed Jesus were in the habit of ministering to Him:
Mark 15:40-42Amplified Bible (AMP)
40 Now some women were there also, looking on from a distance,
among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome,
41 Who, when [Jesus] was in Galilee, were in the habit of
accompanying and ministering to Him;
Do I follow Jesus and focus on ministering to Him often praising Him
for His mighty love in saving me? Thank You Jesus!
This beautiful picture by Del Parson depicts Jesus habit of taking everything to Father God. Is that my habit?
39 And He came out and went, as was His habit, to the Mount of Olives,
and the disciples also followed Him.
Jesus paid the ransom for our freedom from satan’s clutches:
1Cor 7:23-24 All of you, slave and free both, were once held hostage in a sinful society. Then a huge sum was paid out for your ransom.
So please don’t, out of old habit, slip back into being or doing what everyone else tells you. Friends,
stay where you were called to be. God is there.
Hold the high ground with him at your side.
Jesus is always with me, so with His help I can form new habits
and do anything He calls me to do.
The root of sinful self interest is in us all:
My counsel is this: Live freely, animated and motivated by God’s Spirit.
Then you won’t feed the compulsions of selfishness.
For there is a root of sinful self-interest in us that is at odds with a free spirit,
just as the free spirit is incompatible with selfishness.
These two ways of life are antithetical, so that you cannot live at times one way and at times another way according to how you feel on any given day.
Why don’t you choose to be led by the Spirit and
so escape the erratic compulsions of a law-dominated existence?
I thought I was pretty well along this right path in eliminating the root of self interest, until this attack of demon greed showed up. Thinking back I see myself leaving the appliance there and doing preliminary work to bring it to our patio~ find a two wheeler etc. And if it were still there, get it.
. . . “my precious”. LOL!
How ridiculous! If God wanted me to have it, He would have saved it for me and made all things easy. I did not have to fear someone else would get it.
I’m sorry Lord, I did not come to You first. instead of just thanking you for blessing me with a new refrigerator, I let the ways of the world control the situation; I missed a real blessing there. I repent.
When was the last time you acted out of habit in the world’s ways? Did you recognize it?