To be habit free we should strive to always be thinking and working on something. This is vital because there is no neutral. Either we are improving or we will default to something bad. Eve was not praising God and focusing on exactly what He wanted when satan suggested the fatal apple. She was neutral, in a vacuum, open to ideas.
Instead, if we are working on a negative emotion to try to please God, we are in “drive” not in neutral. Pick the negative emotion you need to go to war with. Anger, anxiety, or any of a dozen other ones. Next, print out a bunch of verses on that emotion. Then pray, meditate, memorize and focus on these verses. Focusing on the Word puts us in overdrive.
Next, think about a good trait you want. I am meditating on verses about strength. If satan pops some temptation on me today, I know that I would be blowing my chances of gaining in strength if I listen to him for even one minute.
Second, my brother hates that I mute the TV during commercials when we watch the football game. But, I want to be praying or praising God. I never want to be in a vacuum while watching TV.
Third, find things that inspire you to think and improve. Find some good Christian music videos or a Christian book to start your thinking in a good direction.
Last, memorize the fact that we are either hot or cold as Christians. There is no neutral. If you start sliding into a neutral state… panic because it will end badly. Then shift immediately into drive and get your mind back to thinking about productive Godly things.
Pick your worst negative emotion. Then, print out verses on that emotion, and pray, meditate, memorize and focus on these verses. This activity really helps attack our worst habits.
One key to getting back up after a slip-up is to attack a base problem that helped lead to the slip-up.
We can’t allow things like frustration, regret, self-pity, or 100 things like that to sink us. When we do a Google search “Verses frustration” we now have something we can print out or write down to study and pray over so that God can help us think and act in a new way.
People hurt people verbally and in other ways. We all experience it. But when it upsets us we have two options. First, we can dig into scripture, pray about what it says, and learn and grow. Or, we can let it fester until it drags us down in darkness.
Today, start to make it a habit to attack basic problems and issues that start to drag you down. Consider praying:
“Father, teach me how to handle _________.” Insert what sinks you into the blank. Or:
“Father, give me wisdom to learn how to overcome ________.”
To find joy we need to overcome day in and day out. In order to do that we need to realize that millions of people have overcome the frustration, or ________ that we struggle with.
Today, improve your expertise in learning how to allow scripture to help you to overcome.
Last, improve your expertise in attacking “before” you are dragged totally into the mud. The earlier in the process that you start to fight back, the more often you will avoid a future fall.
Depression, anxiety, and rage are three emotions that lead you back to addiction. For many people drugs or drinking will be an addiction until they conquer the emotion or emotions that bring them back into their addiction. This is why joining a Narc Anon or AA self-help group can be a smart move. You know that this or that or fighting with your boss leads you straight back to drugs. So instead of going back to drugs when the negative event occurs, you rely on your self-help group or your non-using friends. Groups on the internet may be helpful as well because you may be able to find a meeting at any time.
What emotions lead you back to drinking or drugs?
Do a Google search “Verses anger” if that is your negative emotion. Then study and pray about that emotion. You can search verses ______ to get verses on any subject. It is very helpful.