by John Barnett

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Reaping the Results of Holy Habits (18 of 22)
Series: The Life of David
John Barnett
Psalm 101

As we open to Psalm 101, may I remind you of a transformational truth?
Your habits are shaping your destiny, one little action at a time.

Habits are the default settings of our soul. When we do not consciously plan our behavior we are taken over by habit. It is easier to operate by habit, also sometimes called our instinct, than it is to consciously choose each act. Therefore perhaps the most powerful part of our lives is that box of mental auto-choices we call our habits. Be sure that you are choosing to reap the result of holy habits, not unholy ones.

Many things can become habits. Among the normal "good habits" are: neatness, responsibility, politeness, and so on. Among the "bad habits" are: smoking, being late, over eating, being messy, and many others. Most self-help organizations, secular counselors, and secular books agree on the idea of bad habits. Here is a standard statement of them:

Bad habits, addiction and healthy habits are subconscious behaviors formed through repetition.

It takes about 21 days of determination and discipline to change or form a new habit. Some of these that have been ingrained so deep in the brain will take a lot longer. This is why there are support groups and tools to help people with addictive behavior. Some people can't do it alone or have no willpower.

List of bad habits...
Nail biting; Smoking; Borrowing money; Procrastination; Overeating or food addiction; Desiring something for nothing ; Compulsive shopping; Binge drinking or habitual intoxication; Gambling; Drug addiction (

David had some of the most amazing habits: they were his chosen responses that reflected his devotion to God. These auto-choice habits were what we would call Holy Habits: habits that cultivated holy living, holy actions, and holy responses to everyday situations David faced.

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