February 27, 2015

Read: Romans 6:14

Habits can be hard to break. Sin, which isn't a habit by definition, can become habitual, some might say “comfortable” even as a painful cycle. 

For instance, impatience - which is certainly not a virtue - is a regular response to my sleepy-eyed children during our early morning, pre-school/work ritual. Impatience is my habitual response to my lack of planning (also, not a virtue). I have become "comfortable" with this sin in my life. Rushing around, barking orders, shoving kids into car seats so that they make it to school before the tardy bell is not pleasant - I think my kids would tell you it can be painful, too. 

So, what do I do about it? Do I continue in the pattern, mastered by a lack of planning? 

No, I consider God's grace. He is MORE patient with me. He has a plan for me. He has meticulously orchestrated a plan ... that He adheres to without fail.  And He makes that patience available to me through His grace so that I might be a blessing to my children by showering patient love on them in the morning and throughout the day. 

As believers, we are under grace to live victoriously for Him ... join me as I seek to break the "comfortable," sinful cycles in my life and become a blessing to those around me.      


Adoration: God is holy, mighty, gracious, and merciful. Spend time declaring your love for Him and expressing your thoughts of praise and worship.  

Confession: Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness.  

Thanksgiving: Express your thankfulness to God for the blessings He has given you. When we consider that we deserve punishment because of our sinfulness, and instead God gives to us His love and mercy, our only response should be one of thankfulness.  

Supplication: Petition God to help you be a faithful steward of your time, talents, possessions, and relationships.  Offer prayers concerning your activities for this day and any special concerns you have.  Intercede for your local, state, and national governments.  Pray for spiritual revival in the nation and offer prayers regarding any current events and concerns.