by Steve Wagers

Something's Got a Hold on Me!
Steve Wagers
II Corinthians 10:3-6


1. Years ago, a practical joker saw a man who had spent years of service in the English army, going home from the store.

2. He was an aged man who had been form some years out of uniform, and out of the armed services.

3. When the joker suddenly called out, "Attention," the former soldier stopped, and as his arms snapped to his sides, the bundles he was carrying fell to the ground.

4. When the joker saw what he had done, he apologized to the man. However, the man replied, "Son, there's no need to apologize. My military training was so thorough that it has become second nature!"

5. One of the hardest things for us to do as believers is to accept, and acknowledge the fact that we have things in our life that have become second nature to us.

6. In fact, we encounter the same old fight, and the same old foes, on the same old field everyday of our life.

7. Someone has well said, "You can take off the "H" and you still have "abit! You can take off the "Ha" and you still have "bit." And, you can take off the "Hab" and you still have "it." 1

8. I believe that Lloyd Cory was right when he said, "The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken!" 2

9. However, Edward Sanford Martin, in 'My Name is Legion,' said it best:

"Within my earthly temple there's a crowd;
There's one of us that's humble, and one of us that's proud.
There's one that's broken-hearted for his sins,
There's one that unrepentant sits and grins.
There's one that loves his neighbor as himself,
And one that cares for naught but fame and pelf.
From much corroding care I should be free,
If I could once determine which is me!" 3

10. The fact of the matter is that every one of us, whether big or small must combat the hold that habits can have upon our life.

11. In the text before us, the Apostle Paul speaks of these habits in the life of the beli ...

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