Learned Behavior

Ephesians 4:19-23, “Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. (20) But ye have not so learned Christ; (21) If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: (22) That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; (23) And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;”

Habits are a learned behavior, but they can be “unlearned” and conquered through Spirit-control. Basically, a learned habit becomes an automatic response; but someone under the control of the Spirit of God recognizes their behavior is never “good” in God’s eyes. Our good can be only counted as filthy rags or dung, according to the word pictures given to us in Scripture.

Some claim that a habit is hard to break because it is an unconscious decision that someone makes. But if you have Someone (the Holy Spirit) Who is always there reminding you, then what you think, feel and want is under His control…if you listen. I can assure you the Holy Spirit’s leadership and direction in your life is a path well desired over all your wishes and dreams.

When it comes to overcoming a habit, no matter how big or how small, you must resist some things and you must accept some things. First, you must resist blaming God. We must also resist blaming others. It is imperative that we accept the blame and look to God to remove the guilt. This is the only thing that will lead to a right spirit inside of us.

If your spirit is wrong, you will not recover from a stubborn habit or stronghold. A right spirit is one that has the right opinion of God. Blaming God for something you perceive as bad will only cause greater problems as you further isolate yourself from the only Source that can transform you and your situations. God always does right and good. God is good…all the time.

Secondly, a right spirit also has a right opinion of self. A person with a right spirit will realize they are wonderfully made by Him. The Bible clearly tells us to sing songs of deliverance. In Ephesians we are admonished in Ephesians 5:19 “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.” We will never overcome habits after the flesh if we do not have a healthy spirit. Sanctification always starts with the Spirit.

A right spirit is one that not only has the right opinion of God and self, but also one that allows only right words to come forth from our lips about God and self. I am not speaking of self edification. I am speaking of recognizing Who God is, then who we are. We are clay in His hands. We are to be filled with His Spirit. We are partakers. I call that marvelous grace! God not only gives me the right desires, but also the power through His Spirit to live His life out here on earth.

Ephesians 3:6, “That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel.”

1Corinthians 10:21, “Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.”

“We do not need a better you, we need a deader you!” – Steve Curington

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God led Ben and his family (wife, Wendy; and three children, Josh, Caleb, and Hannah) to Rockford, Illinois in 2003 to become the International Director of the fastest growing addiction ministry in the United States. Bro. Burks is now privileged to travel and train others how to help the addicted within their communities.

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