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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

    13 COMMENTS

    1. I’m really struggling to stop biting my nails this year. I know that’s not a terribly damaging habit, but all the same, I’d really like to quit. I tried chewing gum instead, but as soon as we ran out of gum, I was back to biting my nails. Most of the time, I don’t even notice I’ve done it until my nails are too short. I made a declaration, but no matter how hard I try it seems like I just can’t break this. And now I’ve been getting really upset with myself because no matter what I do, it seems like I always go back to nail biting as soon as something the least bit stressful happens, and before I know it I’m biting nails anytime my hands are even remotely free. Has anyone on here successfully kicked a nail biting habit? How did you do it?

      • @ HurricaneMurphGirl, biting nails may seem like a minor habit, but all the same, it is so difficult to stop doing! We do it unconsciously most of the time, unaware that our nails are getting shorter and shorter and we’re going deeper and deeper in our habits. I used to struggle with nail-biting, and when I decided to stop, I realized that God had used my bad habit to train me to learn to get over bad habits later on in the future. If you’re struggling with getting over this bad habit, keep praying about it and ask God to help you. A great tip is getting your nails done, because I’ve always felt bad about chipping a nail after a manicure. And once your nails grow out, congratulate yourself and see how nice your nails look. Even the small things will encourage you!

      • I used to bite my nails terribly too back in junior high. I thought I would NEVER kick the habit! So, I started painting my own nails. A LOT. Not only would I refrain from biting them because they were painted, but the nail polish tasted AWFUL whenever I gave in & started biting. After two weeks or so of this, I finally kicked the habit! Don’t worry, it’s not impossible. A good Christian person I know 😉 said that nothing can survive if you don’t feed it. If you are persistent and don’t feed your bad habits, then soon enough, they will go away! 🙂 God bless <3

        • Thanks for the tips guys! I have tried the painted nails thing. The problem is that I usually don’t even realize I’m biting my nails! Like I said, I tried gum and that worked for a month or so, but as soon as we ran out, I was back to biting. It seems like I’ve tried everything, and it’s so discouraging. I’ll try the nail painting thing again, and maybe we’ll be able to get some more gum. And of course, prayer is a big part of my habit-breaking routine!

      • Hey, girl! Had the same problem 1 year ago and now my nails are half and inch and have been that way since! My secret is ‘Nail Hardener’. You know that clear nail polish? It makes your nails so tough that you CANT bite them! Put it on right after applying ‘Nail Growth’. You.should see UHHMAZIN results!

    2. It’s like God knew I needed this article and told you to write it just for me! I am declaring victory over the enemy taking over me and trying to get me to watch things I shouldn’t. Thank you so much,Jennifer! Now,I KNOW I CAN defeat satan. 😀

    3. I have a problem with cussing that I’m really trying to get over. I also have a problem with being very quick to anger. This article was really helpful, and I have faith that God is way more powerful than my sin.

    4. This article is beautifully blessed! I was listening to the song “Break Free” by Committed when I read the first line “How do I break free from bad or sinful habits?” Thank you for writing this. I am ready to break free and come above my sin!!! I am ready now even though I wasn’t before, God has filled me with the Spirit and I feel stronger and I don’t feel like keeping any more closed doors. I want to be open and honest with God, just like He is with us(John 15:15).

    5. i am trying to stop procrastination i alway’s wait till last minute to do something and i realy need to stop i also need to start spending some more time with JESUS by the way can you write an article on creative way’s to spend time with GOD? thanks!

    6. I’ve been struggling with drug Addiction for 11yrs and it’s one of the hardest things ive ever faced and I believe everything happens for a reason and I believe in God I do attend church every week, I’m actually in a Women’s Bible study that started last week. My husband has the same problem but the thing with him is he doesn’t believe in faith, he thinks God picks on him and sometimes he doesn’t believe he’s even real and he used to but we’ve had so much bad luck the past ten years and faced alot of adversity he has gave up he is angry all the time and he curses God! I need ADVICE & PRAYERS!! Thanks

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