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It was His Habit

Updated on August 22, 2012

As grace has been given to you give back to others


The fight must go on.

To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:7-10 New International Version).

Notice how it says a messenger from Satan. It does not mention a physical ailment like many believe but rather a spiritual one. Perhaps Paul had a short temper and knew it was wrong.

We all have our weaknesses.

I have been a smoker for over forty years. No matter now much I try I cannot quit. Doesn’t satan challenge me with the body is the temple of God?

I believe we have been given bad habits we can’t quit to keep us humble. Now, that does not give us contre blank to continue without trying to kick the habit. No way. However, don’t let it beat you up and certainly don’t let others use it to beat you up. Rather keep trying to kick it while praising God for using it to keep you dependant on His grace.

If you kick your habit, by Gods grace, don’t throw it in others faces.

For example a “recovered alcoholic” should never lord it over another alcoholic I kicked it so can you. You’re just not trying hard enough. Beware, this attitude will end up with you being bucked from your high horse and everyone laughing at you.

Instead be quiet and humble. If you see another suffering because of what was once your addiction try to quietly and respectfully help them. If they refuse your help, help them by praying for them.

Prayer: Thank You Jehovah Jireh (God our Provider) for the bad habits that I can not kick. You use them to keep me humble and to help me understand the wonder of Your grace. I shall my beloved never surrender to these destructive habits and by Your grace shall one day overcome them. I give thanks in the name of Him whose grace washes my sins clean, Jesus Christ. Amen.

May the sunshine of Jesus’ sweet love bless you today and every day.


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    • teacherjoe52 profile image

      teacherjoe52 5 years ago

      Hi Nikki.

      Thank you for your kind words of encouragement.

      Sometimes there is hurt that will only be healed when we are in Heaven.

      That does not mean we are to dwell on it. Jesus gices us strength, comfort and encouragement to continue on the old crooked road.

      God bless you.

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      Nikki Major 5 years ago

      Hi encouraged keep the faith in knowing he's going to heal you...

    • teacherjoe52 profile image

      teacherjoe52 5 years ago

      Hi teaches.

      Yes it is a difficult thing to understand. It took me many years to understand that God blesses us all with weaknesses so we are dependant upon His divine grace. After all, if we had no bad habits wouldn't we be perfect? If we were perfect would Jesus have had to die on the cross, would we need God at all?

      Hi Micheal.

      Thank you for your wonderful insight.

      God bless you.

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      michael rivers1 5 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida

      Thanks for sharing your personal struggle with smoking, your openness is the heart of your writing. I belive that difficulties and trials keep us humbled and dependent upon God's sutaining grace. However, our habits serve as opportunties for God's empowerment to overcome. I believe that God wishes to turn our deepest habits into our strongest testimonies. This way there is no doubt of His loving work alone bringing about these changes. Your honesty and heart for God is and encouragment to others struggling with bad habits. Keep pressing on!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Interesting read, TeacherJoe. Not sure about your argument for the bad habits. I do know how hard it is to break one, but it isn't impossible. "With God nothing is impossible and All things are possible with God." I am still thinking this one over.