say no to a stubborn habit's Testimony
say no to a stubborn habitBook: How to say no to a stubborn habit - Erwin W. Lutzer
The following Scripture references can be used to begin the process of bringing your thoughts under the control of the Holy Spirit. Additional passages can be found through careful reading of the Scriptures along with the use of a concordance or Nave's Topical Bible.
|_Psalms 119:36 -- Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.
|_Luke 12:15 -- And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.
|_Colossians 3:1-2, 5-6 -- If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
2 -- Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
5 -- Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
6 -- For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
|_Philippians 4:11-12 -- Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
12 -- I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
|_ 1Timothy 6:6 -- But godliness with contentment is great gain.
|_Hebrews 13:5 -- Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
|_Galatians 6:3, 14 -- For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.
14 -- But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
|_James 4:6 -- But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
|_ 1Peter 5:5-6 -- Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
6 -- Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
Lack of discipline
|_Romans 12:11 -- Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
|_ 1Corinthians 9:26-27 -- I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:
27 -- But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
|_Philippians 4:12-13 -- I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
13 -- I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
|_Hebrews 6:12 -- That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
|_Romans 6:11-12 -- Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
12 -- Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
|_ 2Corinthians 10:4-5 -- (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
5 -- Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
|_Ephesians 4:22-24 -- That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
23 -- And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
24 -- And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
|_Philippians 4:8 -- Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
|_ 1Peter 2:11 -- Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
|_Psalms 37:8 -- Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.
|_Proverbs 14:29 -- He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.
16:32 -- He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.
|_Ephesians 4:26,31 -- Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
31 -- Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
|_Colossians 3:8 -- But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
|_James 1:19-20 -- Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
20 -- For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
|_Matthew 6:25-34 -- Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
26 -- Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
27 -- Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
28 -- And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
29 -- And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 -- Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
31 -- Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 -- (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 -- But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
34 -- Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
|_Philippians 4:6 -- Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
|_ 1Peter 5:7 -- Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
|_Ephesians 4:31-32 -- Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
32 -- And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
|_Hebrews 12:15 -- Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;
|_Judges 3:14 -- So the children of Israel served Eglon the king of Moab eighteen years.
15 -- But when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD, the LORD raised them up a deliverer, Ehud the son of Gera, a Benjamite, a man lefthanded: and by him the children of Israel sent a present unto Eglon the king of Moab.
16 -- But Ehud made him a dagger which had two edges, of a cubit length; and he did gird it under his raiment upon his right thigh.
17 -- And he brought the present unto Eglon king of Moab: and Eglon was a very fat man.
18 -- And when he had made an end to offer the present, he sent away the people that bare the present.
19 -- But he himself turned again from the quarries that were by Gilgal, and said, I have a secret errand unto thee, O king: who said, Keep silence. And all that stood by him went out from him.
20 -- And Ehud came unto him; and he was sitting in a summer parlour, which he had for himself alone. And Ehud said, I have a message from God unto thee. And he arose out of his seat.
21 -- And Ehud put forth his left hand, and took the dagger from his right thigh, and thrust it into his belly:
22 -- And the haft also went in after the blade; and the fat closed upon the blade, so that he could not draw the dagger out of his belly; and the dirt came out.
|_Proverbs 23:20 -- Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh:
21 -- For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.
|_ 1Corinthians 9:27 -- But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
|_ 1Corinthians 10:31 -- Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
32 -- Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:
33 -- Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.
|_Philippians 4:12 -- I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
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