We are a New Creation!
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!2 Corinthians 5:17
When we become a new creation God molds us to conform to the image of Christ; this causes our bad habits to begin disappearing. There are bad habits we know about and there are bad habits that are identified by Christ. But old things pass away as new things become new to us through the power of Christ.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect (Romans 12:2). The Lord renews our minds to the mind of Christ and as our minds rewire old habits are replaced by new Godly habits. The mind renews if we understand his Word and seek to be more Christ-like.
Some old habits that are common to people are anger, worry, defensive behavior, relationships, or addictions. Once a Christian becomes aware of these habits, praying and reading the Word can help to replace the old habits with new Godly habits. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21). This verse is essential because it’s how the brain works – Christians replace the old bad habits with new Godly habits, just as the brain replaces old wiring by wiring in God’s truth. However, sometimes we are biased from childhood so we cannot understand the truth of God’s word.
The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:14). Without the Spirit, it will be difficult to accept the truth of God’s word against your past learning. Also the Word says that without the Spirit you don’t belong to Christ. You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ (Romans 8:9).
To overcome old habits through the power of the Spirit it is essential to develop the desire to know God’s truth. It all comes down to having a right attitude: Am I going to remain the same till death, or I am going to let God change me to walk with Christ? The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly (John 10:10). Abundant life begins as bad habits are replaced with Godly behavior. There is no life better than being free in Christ, living with a heart of love, peace, and joy, knowing we have overcome the world. Everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith (1 John 5:4).
Today seek to live life abundantly, forgetting the past and moving forward with victory in Christ. Seek to be free in Christ and do not let the world control you, but be under the control of the Lord’s loving will. This is freedom in Christ, and Christians minister to the world by reflecting God’s love as our soul lives in the Kingdom.
Prayer: Lord, help me to overcome old habits and to walk according to your good, pleasing, and perfect will through the renewing of my mind. Help me to stop living by Satan’s lies but to live by your divine truth. In Jesus name, Amen