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Habit          Saturday, December 16, 2017



By James L. Thornton

Luke 4:16. And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. 

Habit "An Act Or Practice So Frequently Repeated As To Become Fixed In Character And Almost Automatic In Performance."

"An Ordinary Or Usual Manner Of Doing Or Acting;”
“A Custom."
"An Established Disposition Of The Mind Or Character."

Four Thing We Would Like To Discuss Regarding A Habit.

1. How A Person Acquires A Habit.
2. The Power Of A Habit.
3. The Hallowing Of A Habit. (Holy Or Unholy)
4. The Change Of A Habit.


It Is Human Nature To Repeat What We Do Often.
Repetition Forms Habits,
All Habits Are Not Bad,
The Time We Get Up,
The Way And What We Eat.

The Complicated Act Of Driving A Car Is Made Simple By Becoming A Habit To Us. The More You Do It The Easier It Becomes Until Almost All The Complicated Operations Are Done Habitually.

Habits Are The Elements Of Character. The Deeds We Do Ripen Into Habits And Become Our Character.

The Way We Walk, The Way We Talk, We Way We Sit Or Stand, All This Is Done In A Manner So Repetitively That Our Close Friends Can Recognize Us At A Glance.

The Single Act Does Not Make A Character, Good Or Bad. Sometimes Our Conscience Protests Against An Act We Do And We Resolve Never To Do It Again.

The First Cigarette May Make A Boy Or Girl Sick And They May Never Take Up The Habit Of Smoking.

The First Drink Does Not Make The Person A Drunkard, But It May Start Him On His Way.


Some Habits Are Stronger Than The Strongest Wills. It Completely Dominates A Person.

O, The Tyranny Of An Evil Habit.

You Become A Slave To It. You Are Compelled To Do It.

Like A Thread It Can Be Broken, But Multiplied Many Times It Becomes A Bond Of Unbreakable Strength.

Like A Tree When It First Starts Growing Can Be Bent And Broken By The Slightest Force, Yet When It Is Mature It’s Strength Is Gigantic.

A Stone Dropped From A High Place Falls Thirty Two Feet The First Second And Each Second It Falls It Doubles In Speed Until The Speed Is Tremendous.

One Of The Greatest Dangers Of An Evil Habit Is The Way It Creeps Upon A Person.

The Pleasure Lasts Until The Habit Is Fully Formed.

Then When The "Clay Is Set" The Vessel May Stand Eternal.

When The Fascination And Pleasure Disappears Only The Vice Like Grip Of A Wicked Habit Remains. It Is Like A Deadly Viper Lurking In The Way.

A Man In The Amazon Basin Was Looking For Beautiful Birds And In The Mass Of Foliage Was A 28 Foot Boa Constrictor.

Before He Realized What Was Happening It Was Wound Tightly Around His Body. The Snake Had Hypnotized Him Beyond The Power Of Resistance Or Retreat.

Every Sinner Knows How Hard It Is To Change His Evil Habits, Or To Erase The Stains That Have Become Dyes In The Flesh.

They Have Sinned For So Many Years That Sin Seems Ingrained In Them.

It Is Easy To Acquire What Is So Fatally Hard To Get Rid Of.

You Get So Accustomed To Your Sin That You Never Feel How Sinful It Really Is.

You Have Gone To The Places Of The World, Dressed Like The World, Acted Like The World, Until You Feel Right At Home In The Places Of The World.

You Are So Like Your Surroundings, Like The Jaguar In The Jungle Which Blends With The Undergrowth, That You Have No Sense Of Contrast Or Shame.

You Are Content With Yourself And Make No Effort To Become Better.

The Effort To Root Out The Habit Is Too Painful, So A Person Lives On In Sin.

Mark 5. We Find The Story Of A Man Who Was Possessed With A Thousand Devils Yet Ran And Worshipped Jesus.

They Cried Out, "Jesus Thou Son Of The Most High God! I Adjure Thee By God, That Thou Torment Me Not."

They Did Not Want To Let Go. So Is The Power Of Habit.


The Easiest Of All Habits To Acquire Is Living Without God.

It Requires No Exertion, No Self Denial, Just Live Without Care, Without Effort.

The Habit Is Formed, Too Often Forever.

Then Comes The Peace Of Death, Spiritual Death, No Conscience, No Shame

The Soul That Lets God Alone, Is At Last Let Alone By God.

If For Two Or Three Days You Have Forgotten To Pray, It Becomes Easier To Neglect, Then Harder To Resume.

If You Fail To Read Your Bible One Day, It Gets Easier To Neglect The Next Day.

If You Become Careless In Your Language It Is Not Long Before It Becomes Habitual To Use Slang Words, Then On To Dirty Filthy Speech.

How Much More Tranquil, How Much More Peaceful, Your Conscience Becomes As The Days Pass And You Departed Farther And Farther From God?

It Is Not Long Before Your Conscience Becomes Your Friend.

Character Is Like Some Ancient Cathedral—The Beautiful Carvings Of Stone, The Arches, The Spires, The Stained Glass, Are Not Something The Architecture Had Put On To Cover Poor Work And Make It Look Beautiful, They Are Part Of The Building.

Character Is Not A Cover-up, Culture, Good Manners, High Birth, These Are Only A Cover-up.

There Is No Substitute For Good Character.

Our Soul Must Acquire The Habit Of Living For God Through

Prayer, Fasting, Bible Reading, Kindness, Charity, Worship, Telling The Truth, This Is The Way To Hallow Our Habits.

"And, As His Custom Was, He Went Into The Synagogue On The Sabbath Day,…" (Mark 4:16)


Is It True That A Man Can No More Change His Character Once Formed?

Are We Helpless If Our Character Is Already Formed?

Let Us Look At What God Asks Jeremiah.

Jeremiah 13:23. Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil. 

But Is The Whole Story Told In This Verse?

That Which Is Impossible With Man And Beast Is Not Impossible With God.

The Conversion Of The Soul Is The Work Of God.

God Alone Can Cut You Free From The Chains Which Bind You.

Luke 4:16. And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
17. And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
18. The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
19. To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
20. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
21. And he began to say unto them This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears. 

Jesus Came To Set The Captive Free.

I’ve Seen Drunkards Give Up Their Drinking.
I’ve Seen Cigarette Smokers Quit Smoking.
I’ve Seen Old Habits Given Up.

I’ve Seen People With Sin Ingrained In Them. Change And Their Character Be Remolded.

The Apostle Said, "Old Thing Are Passed Away, Behold All Things Become New." (11 Cor. 5:17)

The Apostle John Says,

1 John 1:9. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 

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