Called to Holiness

My eating habits.

My speech.

These are just a couple things that have gotten out of hand. I didn’t intend for it that to happen. Slowly and over time, however, I made a few concessions here and there and what do you know? I need to repent and start afresh. But who wants to eat a more restricted diet and who wants to change what comes out of their mouth?blog_graphics_8

Around the holidays I slowly allowed myself to eat a little bit more at this meal and a little bit more in between meals. Then I traveled back to Texas for a couple weeks and every get together was like a celebration. How could I pass up on Local Coffee and Mexican food?

My belt, one notch farther over, is the Holy Spirit calling out to me that I need to put strategies back into place to guard my eating habits. Since this has been one of my biggest life-struggles, I guess I should get to it. But I don’t want to be accountable…

My speech on the other hand. Well, it’s not like I’m cussing up a storm or anything. I am however losing it on a daily basis with my littles. I hear myself yell at them when I said I wouldn’t. I hear myself allowing my anger to get the best of me. But taming the tongue is much too hard…

13 So prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control. Put all your hope in the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world.14 So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. 15 But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. 16 For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.”  ~ 1Peter 1:13-16

God’s word calls me, no…demands me, to exercise self-control. And did you  notice that Peter tells us to prepare our minds for action and self control?

Romans 12:2 tells us to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. In other words, we can change our actions by changing our thinking. And, we change our thinking by meditating and memorizing the word of God. This enables the Holy Spirit to perform a life change in our hearts.

Peter goes on to tell us in verse 14 that we must be obedient to this. If not, we will slip back into the old ways of life that satisfy our own desires. Not only are we commanded to refrain from our old life, but we are also called to be holy. Ugh…how can we do that if we are satisfying our own evil desires?

I guess it’s time for me to pull out my scriptures on eating and put them up around the kitchen. I need to put up scripture on my speech too.

What old sin habits are you falling back into? Will you take the time to repent and memorize scripture, so that the Holy Spirit can change your actions?

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