WHAT DO WE DO WHEN AN OLD HABIT COMES BACK?
By Ernest O'Neill
What Do We Do When An Old Habit Comes Back?
By Rev. Ernest O'Neill
The truth is, in Jesus you have already been made completely new. You have been changed and the Holy Spirit is able to make that real in you if you will begin to believe it. And that's what God has done for you. So when it comes to Wednesday and you see the old habit coming up again that you've been fighting for years, don't fight the habit. Look up to God and say, "Lord, I know that you have changed me in Jesus. I know that this old self that produced this thing for years has gone for good. I know that and I know what I am seeing is just a relic of a ghost. Lord, I thank you that you have crucified me in Christ. I thank you that I'm dead. Lord, I thank you that I no longer exist and I thank you, Lord Jesus, that you alone exist.
Loved ones, as you begin to say that, and you begin to believe that, God will make that real in you. You'll find that Christ begins to rise within you. Loved ones, the verse that you need is in 2 Corinthians 5:17: "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come." And if you are in any doubt that you are in Christ then just look at verse 14 from that same chapter. "For the love of Christ controls us, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore, all have died."
You are one of the "all". You can't keep yourself out of that. You are one of the all; therefore, you have died, therefore you are in Christ, therefore you are a new creation, the old has passed away, behold, the new has come.