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    Sunday School: How Do I Break Free from Bad Habits?

    How do I break free from bad or sinful habits?

    The definition of bondage is “the state of being a slave.” The Bible says this is our state before turning to Jesus Christ; we are slaves of sin.

    Jesus answered them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin (John 8:34).

    However, being in bondage to sin can also apply to those sinful habits or issues from which we have such a hard time breaking away. These habits can be anything we know is wrong according to God and the Bible, but that we just can’t seem to defeat–like lust, pornography or lying. We can also be in bondage to things that aren’t necessarily sin, but that still keep us from doing what God would want–like doubt, anger and fear.

    Last week as I was praying, the Lord spoke the following things to my heart for you sweet Project Inspired girls.

    Beloved, there is power in My name, Jesus; power to break every chain. What is holding you in bondage? Have you declared your victory in Me over that thing? Have you looked at the mountain in your life with the proper perspective? My power and My will are so great that your mountain is like a speck of dust in comparison, though I know it doesn’t seem that way to you. It’s your perspective, not a lack of power or grace from Me that keeps you in bondage.

    Your mountain isn’t bigger than My victory; it has no power over Me and I have broken its power to keep you in bondage. I came to proclaim freedom for the captives. Your victory is a belief and declaration away. It may be too big for you to handle, but it isn’t too big for Me.

    Girls, a declaration is a formal statement or announcement. Timidity has no place in a declaration. A declaration is firm; it’s a statement, not a question.

    Don’t worry about whether or not you have victory – you have it because Jesus has victory. Don’t trust what your emotions say about your victory over your struggle because emotions can be misleading; God’s victorious work in Christ doesn’t depend on how we feel. Christ completed God’s work when He died on the cross and rose again. Trust that He will bring that victory to your struggle as you continually submit that struggle to Him.

    Girls, what struggle will you declare victory over this year?

    But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us (Romans 8:37).

    Jenn Arman
    Jenn Arman is a youth pastor, freelance writer and blogger. She was born in San Diego, California and raised 2 hours north east in the Inland Empire where she lives with her husband David and their cats. Jenn desires to bring glory to God and a healthy dose of reality to Christians through both writing and preaching. Visit jenniferarman.com for more on her work. You can also connect with her on www.facebook.com/JenniferArman.Writer and https://twitter.com/JennArman

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