The Scripture says, "Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil." (Jeremiah 13:23)
There is in the Christian life that which comes naturally and that which comes supernaturally. Oh, that we may come to experience the supernatural work of God!
Habits are an interesting thing. That which we are "accustomed to do" becomes the destiny of our lives.
Watch your thoughts; for they become words. Watch your words; for they become actions. Watch your actions; for they become habits. Watch your habits; for they become character. Watch your character for it will become your destiny.
Or, as the Bible says, "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting." (Galatians 6:7-8)
Alexander Maclaren said, "It is strange how much easier a second time is than a first, especially in regard to evil acts. The hedge once broken down, it is very easy to get through it again. There is all the difference between once and never; there is small difference between once and twice. By habit we come to do things mechanically and without effort.”
As you and I go about our day may we be oh so careful as to the habits that we are developing. Do I want this word to become a habit of thought? Do I want this desire to become a habit of behavior? Do I want this attitude to become a habit of demeanor?
No, leopards cannot change their spots, but this is the miracle of grace. God's power can work in us to make us more like Jesus! Are you accustomed to do evil or to walk in the fear of the Lord? Selah!
Daniel & Marie Cox are best friends, soulmates, and co-laborers in the ministry. They and their four children live in Florida, where they have established a church, a private, Christian school, and a fun-loving family!