Day 7/21 - New Habits

We're one week in! It's officially day 7 of our 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting Journey! If you're still with us, we're so proud of you. Today's outline will be a recap of our Sunday service at FFC! If you've never visited us in person, we currently meet at Sterling High School on Sundays at 8:30, 10, and 11:30AM. You can also watch the service LIVE on our app, or any time during the week on our youtube channel. To help you on our 21 Days Journey, we have provided a prayer guide to help guide you. You can access it here. Our daily devotional is modeled after the "First 15". This is a habit we want to create that takes the first 15 minutes of your day and dedicates it to spending time with the Lord.

5 Minutes - Worship
Worship during service today was amazing! If you missed it, don't worry! We made a worship playlist that you can use during this time of worship.
Apple Music

5 Minutes - God's Word
Isaiah 43:18-19
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
Pastor Josh's sermon today was titled New Habits. We're currently in week #2 of our new series This Is My Year. It's been amazing! Last week we learned that our identity shapes our habits, which then shapes our outcomes. Your life today is the sum of your habits, not your hopes. So if we want to improve, we need to have more than just a New Year's Resolution that won't last. Today's devotional is focused on helping you stop, start, and sustain the kind of habits that will produce the change you're looking for in your life. Why is it that we can be so inconsistent? We want to change but it seems impossible. We have to look outside of ourselves and look to Jesus. Our willpower is limited but His power is limitless!
Here's how new creatures can establish new habits:
1. Acknowledge the problem with the pattern
Until we break the destructive patterns in our lives, we will live with products that we do not want.
2. Eliminate unhealthy habits
Old habits die hard. With God's help, you can do it but you have to call it for what it is -  a problem in your life. One of the reasons we believe so much in small groups is to help you get surrounded with people that will help you become all that God says you can be. (Small Groups kick off on February 2nd! You can learn more here)
3. Establish a new routine
Want to stop hitting the snooze button? Put your alarm clock on the other side of the room. Want to read your Bible more? Put it on top of your phone so you have to move it to get to your phone. Want to have a better marriage or relationship? Have a consistent date night and put it on your calendar. You get the point. It won't be easy, but you can do it! Stay consistent, even when you don't see immediate results.
 Be encouraged and know that your breakthrough is on the other side of your consistent obedience. Your faith and actions will cause God to move and allow you to experience a new reality.

When is the right time to start?

5 Minutes - Prayer (can be read aloud)
Lord, thank you for giving me the opportunity to establish new, life-giving habits. I know that with you, I can do all things. It may be hard at first, but I want to live the life that you designed for me. I ask that you will help me continue on this journey so that I can come to know you deeper, and bring you glory. Thank you for loving me. In Jesus Name, Amen.

1 Comment

David - January 12th, 2020 at 4:31pm

7 years ago I changed my life with a whole new habit. I quit smoking cigarettes cold Turkey with prayer. I lost weight , no withdrawls or anything else that I thought would happen to me. With man things are possible with God nothing is impossible