H-A-B-I-T-S: Heavenly Appetites Before Ingesting Temporary Satisfaction
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My morning habit is usually enjoying a cup of coffee while I do my devotions and Bible reading. So I start off good, but often find myself still going back to some old habits before the day is over, like grabbing a cookie instead of an apple or letting myself get busy with a project when I should be working out.
The truth is I had gotten lazy about making right choices and found myself returning to old habits. Then, last week a particular devotional got my attention. The first sentence was in big bold letters: I WANT YOU TO LEARN A NEW HABIT.
I couldn't seem to get past the phrase, “I want you to learn a new habit.”
Habits are things we do without thinking; they just become a natural part of our routine and often don’t even require much thought. I knew God wanted me to become more deliberate in my everyday choices and more natural in choosing His way before my way.
So, later that night as Keith rubbed my feet, we began to thank God for the wonderful day. It's in those tender moments after prayer that I find myself completely relaxed, not really thinking about anything. The soft lights on the tree made the room so peaceful and quiet. I closed my eyes and we both sat in silence. Then, softly I heard this in my mine; the word H-A-B-I-T-S was spelled out to me. Then I heard "Heavenly Appetites Before Ingesting Temporary Satisfaction."
I waited a few minutes and told Keith what I heard. We both knew it was from God.
The verse that came to me was Matthew 6:33, "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added on to you."
How simple God makes everything. I knew He was telling me how to successfully replace old bad habits for brand new ones, habits that would bring me health, strength, peace and joy. I just need to remember that before I give in to old habits that satisfy my fleshly desires, I need to stop and apply this truth. When I decide to satisfy my Heavenly Appetite Before Ingesting Temporary Satisfaction, I will be filled with what's eternal.
Our relationship with Christ affects every aspect of life.