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This May Be The Most Important Habit You Need to Learn!

I’ve recently discovered a wonderful resource called D60: Transformation through Discipleship and I will share some of its recommendations. Its goal is to grow stronger in Christ and shore up our defenses against evil. The authors write that many Christians “gorge themselves on spiritual fast food: trendy efforts, large religious events, and emotive music—that support an under-exercised faith… Transformation requires more than great songs and wonderful sermons prepared by others; transformation results from personal investment.” What do you all think? What are you investing?

The importance of habits 

One key they, and I, will continue to emphasize is that it is all about habits. We need to exercise (discipline) ourselves to holiness. God knows I’m very far from being holy, and maybe you feel the same way. But, I pray we are climbing up the mountain towards God and his ways, and trying not to slip down. We are roped to other believers and helping one another. If we fall, we have someone catching us, and helping us get back on our feet. Each of us has a responsibility to work out our salvation, develop habits that help us stay “in the vine” of our savior, Jesus Christ, and help others do the same. That’s a major part of the Christian walk along the “way” of Jesus, and a major reason for these blogs.

The first light prayer

So, what is the first thing you think of when you gain consciousness in the morning? The D60 book shares a “first light prayer.” It is a simple and important way to begin each day. Train yourself each morning to first pray: “Lord, Here I am. Help me.” Such as prayer, as the writers say, is “short, simple, humble, potent.” It may be the most important habit you need to change your life and overcome any issues that may hold you back. Please try it. Share any results with us.

Scott and Gigi Martell have served with New International since 2009. Scott worked with Project Mercy in Ethiopia from 2007-2009. In 2009, Scott and Gigi established a mercy ministry in Ethiopia that empowers women and children and follows James 1:27.

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