In pitch darkness you open your car door, slip behind the wheel, deftly place the key in the ignition, start the car, easily reach for the light switch, put the car into gear, and back out of your garage. You are on your way without a thought. You are a creature of habit. On the negative side, your body learns to reject food involuntarily when you train it to do so by binging and purging. You can stop putting your finger in your throat but your stomach regurgitates any food you put in it. You need medication. You also need to break the bad habit and form a new one.
Is this possible? Absolutely. “For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification” (Romans 6:19). These are words to people who are no longer slaves to evil desires and bad habits. Empowered by new hearts given by God and by the Holy Spirit, these people must form new habits. Perhaps these people lie every time they open their mouths. Strengthened by new dispositions from God to tell the truth, these same people must practice. They must consciously set aside their lies and tell the truth at every turn. Practice brings new habits and new life.
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