Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Out with the old and in with the new!
In the biblical context, both bad habits and strongholds are viewed as obstacles that can be overcome through the power of God and the renewing of the mind, as described in Romans 12:2. This renewal involves replacing negative habits and thought patterns with Godly ones and seeking spiritual strength to break free from strongholds through faith and obedience to God's word.
1. Seek strength and guidance:
Use prayer to seek strength and guidance from God to help you overcome your bad habits. Ask for the wisdom and willpower to resist temptation to cause the change you desire.
2. Gain insightful knowledge:
Incorporate prayer into moments of weakness to help you become more aware of your habits and their underlying causes. These habits can include actions such as lying, gossiping, even cursing, or profanity. Use prayer as a tool for self-examination and seeking insight into the patterns and triggers that drive your bad habits.
3. Find support and accountability:
Use prayer to connect with trusted individuals. Ask for their prayers and support as you work to break your bad habits and consider participating in group prayer sessions or support groups where you can find accountability and encouragement.
4. Identify a habit or a stronghold:
It's important to remember that while prayer can be a powerful tool in breaking bad habits. It can also be a stronghold in your life and along with prayer you may need help from someone skilled in deliverance. Seeking professional help, such as therapy or counseling, can also be valuable in addressing and overcoming entrenched habits.
The key difference between a bad habit and a stronghold is that while a bad habit is a specific behavior or action, and if you reframe overtime, can be change through resistance and persistence. A stronghold is a broader, more deeply rooted influence in a person's life. Strongholds are often seen as having a more profound impact and can be more difficult to overcome. A stronghold considers itself to be a part of you and has a right to be a part of your life (Matthew 12:44). Sometimes from one generation to the next. A stronghold is a destructive belief system, or spiritual influences that exert a powerful grip on an individual, hindering their spiritual growth and well-being.
Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal which one is operating. If it is a stronghold seek the proper help for deliverance. In either case, they’re obstacles to living a healthy, abundant, and full life.
Moving forward, let us remember, there is nothing too hard for God (Jeremiah 32:27). What’s impossible with man is possible with God (Luke 18:27).
My prayer is that we create new healthy habits and get rid of bad habits, and to be delivered from strongholds that hinder our spiritual growth. Please share with others. Leave your comments, and questions. I look forward to staying connected to you! Happy prosperous new year!