We are products of our past, but we don't have to be prisoners of it. The entire concept of Christianity is new life; the possibility that we can undergo a profound change for the better. In fact, we cannot find God and eternal life unless we undergo such a change so astonishing that it can only be compared to dying and being reborn, completely new.
People talk about how hard it is to change old habits, and you can't teach an old dog new tricks. I'm here to tell you, it's nonsense. People can and do change; the most ingrained habits, the most difficult addictions, cannot stand up to God, if you enlist His help. So if there is something you want to change, here is a basic plan, in three easy steps. First, decide to do it. Second, pray about it. And third: start.
1) Make your decision absolute. Push that decision to 100%. Deciding 99% to change a bad habit or way of thinking is tantamount to saying “maybe I will and maybe I won't.” You have to jump out of the airplane before your parachute will open.
2) Prayer, every day, will work miracles. God isn't going to help unless you ask Him. If you can just be persistent in your prayer, you will create a tail wind that pushes you towards your goal.
3) You don't have to live today like you did yesterday. Once you have been born again in Christ, the chains of your slavery to sin are broken. Most of us have something we have been meaning to work on; and this is your wake-up call to get started!
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Devotion shared by Mason Barge, Editor, Daily Prayer
We are products of our past, but we don't have to be prisoners of it.