Avoid Habits That Can Enslave You

Dec 28, 2023

‘Even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything.’1 Corinthians 6:12 NLT

Paul said, ‘You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. And even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything.’

If you’re serious about spiritual growth, look for opportunities to say no to yourself in small areas. Then one day you will be able to say it when it really counts. Daniel started by saying no to eating the king’s food, and later was able to say no to bowing to the king’s idols. Focus on the undisciplined areas of your life; the ones you keep excusing, rationalising, and delaying dealing with. Paul measured his actions by this: ‘Is it beneficial? Does it have the potential to control me?’ (see 1 Corinthians 6:12).

You have a ‘right’ to eat a tub of ice cream every night if you want. It’s allowed—but it’s not ‘beneficial’, especially if you want unblocked arteries, a trim waistline, the ability to play sport, or to just keep up with your kids and grandkids. You have a ‘right’ to spend your money as you please, but don’t complain when you end up in debt. You have a ‘right’ to look at whatever you want on TV or the internet, but exposure to wrong influences will eventually weaken your character, rob you of self–respect, and enslave [trap] you.

Bottom line: your character is the sum total of the choices you make each day. And one more thought: when it comes to replacing bad habits with good ones, the only person who can make that happen is you!

SoulFood: Zech 10–14, John 20:19–31, Ps 97, Pro 31:22–24
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2023

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