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Cultivating Good Habits

When we hear the word “habit” our minds suddenly turn to the negative (smoking, overeating, nail biting, etc.), but there are certainly positive habits that, if we are diligent, can prove to help us live a more disciplined, God-honoring life.

there are positive habits that, if we are diligent, can prove to help us live a more disciplined, God-honoring life

E. Stanley Jones in his book, Conversion, shared how the rhythm of receptivity and response in the life of Jesus helped to promote a disciplined lifestyle.

He (Jesus) did three things by habit:

1. ‘He stood up to read as was his custom’ – he read the Word of God by habit.

2. ‘He went out into the mountain to pray as was his custom’ – he prayed by habit.

3. ‘He taught them again as was his custom; – He passed on to others by habit what he had and what he had found.

These simple habits were the foundation habits of His life.  They are as up-to-date as tomorrow morning.  No converted person can live without those habits at work vitally in his life.

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