CULTIVATE GOOD HABITS AND ATTITUDES

WISDOM FOR LIVING DAILY DEVOTIONAL

JUNE 13, 2024

TOPIC: CULTIVATE GOOD HABITS AND ATTITUDES

BY T.O. BANSO

Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy” (Ephesians 4:21-24 New Living Translation).

Your habits determine your future. As it is often said, “Your attitude determines your altitude.” Such good habits and attitudes include faith, love, diligence, lack of anxiety, self-control, perseverance, selflessness, and right thinking.

2 Peter 1:5-9 says,But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins” (New King James Version).

Before you came to Christ, you had some bad and sinful habits and attitudes, which you must stop because they are incompatible with your new life in Christ Jesus. You must cultivate new ones. Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy” (Ephesians 4:21-24 New Living Translation).

Note the phrase “your former way of life “ in this scripture. The Contemporary English Version renders it as “bad habits.” There are both bad habits and good habits. You must stop bad habits and cultivate good ones. Also, note in that scripture the phrase “let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.” 

In psychology, habit is any regularly repeated behaviour that requires little or no thought and is learned rather than innate (Britannica). An attitude is a feeling or opinion about something or someone, or a way of behaving that is caused by this (Cambridge Dictionary).

As a Christian, you must yield to the Holy Spirit and cultivate good habits and attitudes that agree with the Word of God. You can develop good or bad habits and attitudes from your relationships with others. As others can learn from you, you can also learn from them. Don’t allow people to influence you negatively. Learn from others only good habits and attitudes that do not violate the Word of God.

Proverbs 22:24-25 says, Don’t make friends with people who have hot, violent tempers. You might learn their habits and not be able to change” (Good News Translation). Don’t learn bad habits from anyone or emulate his wrong attitude. 1 Corinthians 15:33  says, “Do not be deceived: ‘Evil company corrupts good habits’” (New King James Version). Associating with bad people will corrupt your habits or morals.

Hard work is one of the good habits to cultivate to succeed in life. There are seed time and harvest time. If you’re not hardworking during planting season, when harvest season comes, you’ll miss out while those hardworking will enjoy a bountiful harvest. According to Proverbs 20:4,Those too lazy to plow in the right season will have no food at the harvest(New Living Translation).

Genesis 8:22 says,As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease” (New International Version). As the Apostle Paul says in 2 Corinthians 9:6, “He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully” (New King James Version).

Hard work is a good habit to cultivate. There is a reward for hard work.Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before unknown men” (Proverbs 22:29 New King James Version). 

Thankfulness and joyfulness are part of the good habits and attitudes you should cultivate. 1 Thessalonians 5:16 says, “Rejoice always” (New King James Version). Verse 18 says, “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (New King James Version). Also, Philippians 4:4 says, “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” (New King James Version). Some people engage in grumbling, murmuring, or whining, which doesn’t profit anyone instead of thankfulness and joyfulness. Be grateful to God and human beings. Gratitude is the right attitude. Cultivate an attitude of gratitude.

In Ephesians 5:19-20, Paul said, Speak to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, [offering praise by] singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; always giving thanks to God the Father for all things, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Amplified Bible). This is a good habit and attitude to cultivate. Isaiah 12:3 says,With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation” (New International Version).

Controlling your thoughts is another good habit and attitude you should cultivate. Learn to engage in right or good thinking. The Bible says in Philippians 4:8-9, Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you” (New King James Version).

Stop bad habits and attitudes or don’t cultivate them. For example, anxiety or worry is a bad habit. Some people are excellent worriers! They also like to recruit others to join them in worrying, as if worry solves any problem. Jesus said, “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today” (Matthew 6:34 New Living Translation). Don’t be anxious about anything. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 4:6-7 New International Version). Worrying is useless. It serves no purpose. Jesus also said, Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?” (Luke 12:25-26 New International Version). Cast all your anxiety, worry, or care on God because He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7).

The Bible says some Christians were in the habit of neglecting church meetings. This is a bad habit. “And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near” (Hebrews 10:25 New Living Translation). If you are guilty of this habit, stop it today. Don’t stay away from church meetings. Worship with other believers. Acts 17:2 says, “According to his usual habit Paul went to the synagogue” (Good News Translation). That was a good habit.

Stop bad habits and attitudes. Cultivate good ones that agree with the Word of God. “So get rid of every filthy habit and all wicked conduct. Submit to God and accept the word that he plants in your hearts, which is able to save you” (James 1:21 Good News Translation).

TAKE ACTION!

If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit that you are a sinner and cannot save yourself and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.

Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto You today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself.  I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and God raised Him on the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.

I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You must join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like a palm tree and grow like a cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The Lord be with you.

PRAYER POINTS: I repent of every bad and sinful habit and attitude. Holy Spirit, help me to cultivate good habits and attitudes that agree with the Word of God.

(For over 900 in-depth and powerful messages by T. O. Banso, visit www.cedarministry.org).

T. O. Banso is the President of Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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