Join us this Sunday! In-Person 9:00am & 10:45am, Online 9:00am, 10:45am & 5:00pm

Join us this Sunday! In-Person 9:00am & 10:45am, Online 9:00am, 10:45am & 5:00pm

Join us at the next Sunday worship service:
In-Person
9:00am & 10:45am,
Online 9:00am, 10:45am & 5:00pm

WHERE DO WE TAKE OUR CUES?

“And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.” – Colossians 3:15-17.

We are living in a culture filled with competing voices. How can we figure out what’s best for us in this environment? One way is to start looking at our cues.

If we want to be faithful followers of Jesus, we must carefully consider our habits. Because we hand over much of our lives to our habits, much more than we probably realize. Every habit we develop begins with a cue, something that triggers a behavior that is either good or bad. A cue can be anything.

The Holy Spirit warns us when certain sights, sounds, or feelings may trigger sinful responses. Triggers are sights, sounds, smells, painful memories, or even body movements that trigger us to think, say, or do things that we know are physically or spiritually harmful. That sounds complicated – but it’s important to understand the role of triggers to stop an unwanted behavior. The goal is to recognize a bad habit and the cues that often drive that habit. We are very good at fooling ourselves into thinking that what we’re doing isn’t causing anyone a problem, but we could be wrong. More often than not, bad habits are hindering our relationship with God, which is why it is so important to recognize the cues that drive our habits.

Controlling our triggers is not a matter of willpower or “won’t” power. We can’t do it on our own. Identifying and disarming our triggers will only occur when we yield to the healing power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Consider which triggers may keep you from experiencing the joy of life, and ask the Holy Spirit to disarm your triggers.

We can learn to take our primary cues from God. Are we keeping God waiting in the wings while we are at center stage? We make Him wait in the wings while we act out our anxieties, our will, our frustrations, and our plan for our lives. And there He is, patiently waiting for us to relinquish the spotlight and hand our habits to Him. God won’t barge in. He stands at the door and knocks. He stands. Waiting for us to surrender the spotlight.

Being reminded of how powerful my habits are and how important God’s calling should be in my life, has made me realize the very things I don’t usually think about are some of the most critical things actually to spend time thinking about. Harnessing the power of our habits is certainly not easy, but yielding to the Holy Spirit to help us do it gives us a power that’s even greater than the force of the habits themselves.

Discussion questions:

  1. Think about some of your different habits. What are some of the cues in your life that trigger these habits?
  2. Talk about your mindset when it comes to your habits. What needs to shift in your mindset to break bad habits?

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