Forming Healthy Habits of the Heart and Hands

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Forming Healthy Habits of the Heart and Hands
December 29, 2019
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Passage: Philippians 2:12-13
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Habit: A habit is an ingrained tendency to act, think, or feel a certain way without needing to
choose to do so. (Moreland, Finding Quiet, pg. 40)

Character: Our character is the sum total of our habits, good and bad.

A spiritual discipline is a repeated practice done over and over again in dependence on the
Holy Spirit, under the direction of Jesus, with the support and encouragement of others.

Spiritual Formation: the process of being formed in the image of Christ for the sake of others (Forming habits that form our character into Christlikeness)

Two Key Habits for Spiritual Formation

  • Spending time alone, meaningfully connecting with God
  • Spending time with other believers, meaningfully connecting with God

Application

  • Take one aspect of your “flesh” – a harmful habit, a bad attitude, a disruptive behavior, a
    destructive relationship – and offer it up to the Lord.
  • Take time to reflect on how it affects you and other people around you
  • Ask: What does wholeness in Christ look like in this area?
  • Are there any passages you can meditate on that relate to this area of your life?
  • Who can you invite to pray for you, encourage you, and be there for you so you don’t have to
    go it alone?
  • And remember, it’s a process! So, allow God to make the changes in His time, in His way,
    through the power of His Spirit. Habits that reside deep within our soul can take a long time to
    transform. Celebrate the small victories along the way!

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